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Shoosmiths Reviews

Updated 23 Jun 2019

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3.4
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Simon Boss
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Pros
  • "Great people, culture and environment(in 7 reviews)

  • "Open plan office and great facilities generally(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long working hours (9am - 17:30pm is the standard but you will be expected to be there earlier and stay later)(in 4 reviews)

  • "It is worth noting however, that the pay is levelled with the market rate for the area the office is in(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Top culture, values, people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Northampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Shoosmiths people are invested in their values which drives the culture. The environment is friendly, people are approachable, and communication is clear from the top.

    Cons

    On site catering would be good. Some sites have limited parking, or are out of city locations. But these points have a minimal impact on every day working.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building upon the success of the firm, be forward-looking, and future-minded, to enable employees to be retained.

    Shoosmiths2019-05-03
  2. "Inclusivity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conveyancing in Northampton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The workspace is inclusive on the face of it.

    Cons

    Not really inclusive. BAME candidates considered for jobs on the lower end of the spectrum.

    Shoosmiths2019-06-23
  3. Helpful (1)

    "First impressions are misleading"

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    Current Employee - NQ Solicitor in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    None - apart from the swanky new offices if you are lucky enough to work in them

    Cons

    Lack of partners and senior associates (FET) [who does not deserve a partner promotion] in the office enabling people to breathe and work in a relaxed environment without any fleurs and graces. Cons Continually being stared at by FET members of the team in a threatening way the excessive of use of fleurs in the office - would do much better without it given that it is not conducive to a harmonious working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Review employment of FET staff. Racist behaviour should not be tolerated by anyone from anyone

    Shoosmiths2019-06-10
  4. "Excellent and friendly work place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Extremely friendly! flexible working so you have a laptop and can work anywhere in the office or sometimes at home. Everyone is friendly.

    Cons

    I honestly don’t have any cons! It’s a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing!

    Shoosmiths2019-04-29

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts about Shoosmiths!

  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Progression, trust, development and respect.

    Cons

    Still struggles at to move with the times but it's rare and only within certain departments

    Advice to Management

    Live up to consistency, it's easy to say but sometimes lacks in the doing in certain teams

    Shoosmiths2019-03-24
  6. "Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Fee Earner 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Free tea and coffee - Nice offices (in places)

    Cons

    - Partners that are totally unapproachable and think too much of themselves. - Huge communication issues across the firm that lead to time consuming and costly issues that could be easily avoided if the firm truly practiced the value of communication it so readily attempts to drill into everyone. - Spends too much time talking up its values instead of actually make real change. - Deaf managers who are out of touch...

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    Advice to Management

    Instead of constantly talking up values, make fundamental change to processes at firm level. Give employees working under often inadequate managers a line of communication to senior figures to enable real views to be made known.

    Shoosmiths2019-04-27
  7. "Good company to work for and great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good atmosphere, great benefits, good facilities.

    Cons

    Management issues, not good at planning IS system projects. Too much expectation on developer to manage project deliveries. Testing new systems not taken seriously enough which cause system implementation issues.

    Advice to Management

    More system planning and more effort on testing before committing deliverables.

    Shoosmiths2019-03-12
  8. "Recoveries"

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    Current Employee - Case Handler in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some decent colleagues and ideal location.

    Cons

    Very poor pay, 17k as a Case Handler. Un-stimulating role. Repetitive. Not flexible. Poor progression. Members of the call assurance team are catty and petty.

    Advice to Management

    Living Wage

    Shoosmiths2019-03-08
  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal Apprentice in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People, Flexibility, Perks, Reputable firm, Enjoyable work.

    Cons

    Pay could be improved for less senior staff

    Shoosmiths2018-11-30

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  10. "Decent firm but need a pay rise"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice office to work in. Good atmosphere and everyone is motivated. Good benefits.

    Cons

    You have to beg for a payrise and get fobbed off with excuses and promises that are broken. Shoosmiths will pay you as little as they can get away with. Could get a much higher salary at another firm but then I do enjoy my job.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your loyal staff instead of offering higher salaries to new starters.

    Shoosmiths2018-11-14
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