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Found the firm a lot less 'friendly' than I expected. Their marketing and the reality are two different entities.
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Really depended on the department. In smaller departments, you do feel like a part of the team- in the larger ones, you just feel like an outsider.
Support from Grad Rec was decent- support from the associates, not so much. Trainees were briliant.
Knowledge on Banking and ICM etc was actually helpful. Good to know.
Theoretically structured. But didn't fit in reality- cancelled presentations etc.
Was the most bored I've ever been on a vac scheme. Quite a lot of dull work, socials didn't compensate for much either.
Grad Rec and Richard Hough are actually really good- they take their time out to get to know you. But the firm itself? Nothing from there.
The fact that none of the associates really try means that you realise what it would be like to work there. And that's pretty useful.
Understood more about A&O definitely- and the difference between its marketing and what it actually is.
Somewhat useful- would have been if it was my only vac scheme but, when people have had others, you've heard a lot of it before.
Pay was remarkably quite poor. £250 and one week after the vac scheme finished!
Opportunities of meeting trainees but not really associates and never partners.
There were socials- but very tame.
Got invited to cricket and softball events through email- that was quite nice.
It's a brilliant firm on paper. Magic Circle, leading in Banking and ICM etc. but there's better firms to go to in terms of atmosphere. People just didn't seem happy.
Allen & Overy
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)