Shoosmiths Employee Reviews
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A good place if you want to develop your legal skills as you really do get into the work you are given and it is client focussed and you get responsibility early on. However you are asked to do to much early on. It isn't a 9-5.30pm job as you are expected to worker much longer and leaving a minute early is frowned up whereas if you stay an extra 3 hours you aren't really applauded for it. If you want a training contract then the experience here is good but management weren't the best personally and the pay is low given the amount of work you should to - especially compared to other roles in different law firms.
Day off on your birthday
Unreasonably long hours on a daily basis
Everything about working at shoomsiths was great. Apart from the telephony work where you had to chase and call people for they’re money back.. you can probably guess how 40% of the calls went. The staff are lovely, caring and kind to you. The office is nice and modern. Pay could be better for the type of work you do. Work got repetitive at some points leaving me bored. Training provided is more than enough and there is a few bonuses included for birthdays or Christmas.
Great staff, location, good shifts, great training
Weak pay, nature of the job, tasks got boring.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Shoosmiths LLP, due to the exciting and fast-paced environment; there is always something to learn and always something to do, and experience which can be very rewarding. The teams I worked with and around were nothing but nice and I believe I have made life long friends in the process of working there.
Good Pay, Friendly Co-Workers, Ability to Ask Questions.
Commute Can Be Long, Traffic Can Be Bad.
Management don't seem to care about you. The team I was on was appalling and management told me it was my attitude and to sort it out myself! Not only that but I was expected to do work I've never even been trained for! When I tried to do it I was told I'm trying to hard with the clients.....I felt like I couldn't win. Eventually I was forced out. Never work here!
I was excited about working here in theory. They're very boastful of their achievements and great working environment on their website. It's a shame it didn't work like that in practice. During my time there (less than a year) I experienced and/or witnessed: - Certain staff being prioritised and treated more favourably than others due to explicit favouritism, friendship and/or familial relations. - Inappropriate personal questions being asked about my sexuality. - Personal information that should have been taken to HR in confidence being spoken about to/by other employees. - Workplace bullying (I was deliberately ignored and ostracised by certain members of staff, and at one point my social media accounts were being literally stalked by people within my own team trying to prove that I was saying incriminating things about the company or people I worked with). - Concerns being outright dismissed when brought to HR: including the aforementioned social media stalking, as well as being treated like a second-class citizen because I was just support staff, and the toxic culture of gossip and backstabbing that was rampant in the office, which I was told was all "just part of working in an office." - Support staff being spoken to like dirt and made to act like skivvies, and clearly viewed as being beneath the managers and solicitors. During my time working there I witnessed no fewer than 4 members of support staff leave. - Shifty wage practices? Someone in my team who was meant to have the same job titles as me but ended up in a slightly different position was being paid - more...
Unfortunately I felt I had to move on from shoosmiths due to salary and no career progression. I had spent many years working my way up to the highest step on the ladder and reached my peak and as such felt it was needed for my progression to move on elsewhere. I’d recommend this company to anyone they’re such a pleasure to work for, staff included and they really value employees
I feel there is no future for a graduate within Shoosmiths. The work is menial and repetitive, the salary is ridiculously low and there is such low retention of staff, you will end up working many hours of unpaid overtime to keep up with the impossible workload, all for minimum wage and no progression.
first of all, if the job says paralegal or case handler. they mean debt collector. the pay is low and progression is rare and based on if you manage to befriend your manager. some managers do their job great and fairly, others will not even speak to you. i’ve shared about 5 words with my line manager and she did not even greet me when i started. so
A busy friendly working environment where everyone from the support staff to partners are very approachable and helpful. A great Firm for additional training and further career opportunities. A hard working firm with a good social activities.
I was made to feel like I'm worthless, their advertisement states that there is a lack of hierarchy but that is untrue. team were very rude and unhelpful and looked down on me. They did not make any effort to get to know me. I was left alone for long periods. Was given one task, but was told to do that task in ten different ways as every Individual in the team did it a different way. But then somehow it's all my fault or that I am not picking it up. One girl made me pick up her folders off the floor right near her feet for filing. I didn't mind the filing however She made no effort to walk two inches and just leave them on the cabinet for me to put away. I was subject to very degrading treatment. This does definitely not represent a respectful work environment nor suggests teamwork. The highest up manager gave me a evil look after I had rearranged all of the teams filing in the right order as only one folder was in the wrong place. That particular folder was put away by somebody else after I had rearranged them all. Rather than thanking me or even acknowledging that I rearranged them all she blamed me for this and even questioned if I had done the task. I felt unappreciated and that I had let her down even though I had made such an effort. I then told her that I had not put it there she then said it was me, I did not continue and just said ok as obviously I have no right to argue against someone "so senior". I was supposed to see HR for a intro to the firm but was not met by her until the third day. She was even late to see me on the day as she was busy gossiping - more...
Nice selection of drinks
When I worked there in the 90's caseloads were very high which meant a lot of hard work. I found the atmosphere a little clicky and often friends of the managers would get the best cases and the promotions.
Close to my then home
No career progression if not in the know
Worked in the Manchester office for a year and a half. There are some really hard working people at Shoosmiths who are lovely and put all their effort into the job but they are not rewarded for this and often made to feel that they are fighting a losing battle when it comes to trying to progress. Your loyalty to Shoosmiths doesn’t mean anything even if you have worked there for a substantial amount of time. There are far better places around Manchester to work where in the long run you will be better off as you will feel supported and valued rather than as though you are of financial value and nothing more. Would never work here again!
Culture, lack of support, pay, lack of progression