Insight Student at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Less than £ 10,000

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Found the firm a lot less 'friendly' than I expected. Their marketing and the reality are two different entities.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

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.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

Support from Grad Rec was decent- support from the associates, not so much. Trainees were briliant.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Knowledge on Banking and ICM etc was actually helpful. Good to know.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Theoretically structured. But didn't fit in reality- cancelled presentations etc.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

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.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

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.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

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.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Understood more about A&O definitely- and the difference between its marketing and what it actually is.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

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.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

Pay was remarkably quite poor. £250 and one week after the vac scheme finished!

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Opportunities of meeting trainees but not really associates and never partners.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were socials- but very tame.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Got invited to cricket and softball events through email- that was quite nice.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

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.