Junior personal injury lawyer (Former Employee) – Reading – 7 September 2018
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.
Administration Assistant (Former Employee) – Manchester, Greater Manchester – 22 June 2018
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
Administration Assistant (Current Employee) – Northampton – 20 March 2018
I've worked at Shoosmiths for over five years and can honestly say it's the most supportive place I've ever worked. The training provided is great, and ongoing. Everyone is so approachable and down to earth. We're kept well informed of any updates and future plans by our CEO and always feel a part of the bigger picture.
Great benefits such as a birthday day off, £50 vouchers, flexible holiday, work/life balance, training, volunteering day of your choice
Case Handler (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 17 May 2017
Initially jarring as you are thrown into work without much familiarisation with the various systems used or sufficient training on various procedures. They seem to do this because they want you to learn on the job which to an extent is a good idea but sufficient training would stop new starters from feeling like a hindrance to colleagues when asking for more support.
They will try to stretch you by giving you more work than is realistic. The upside of this is that the day goes relatively quickly, but the downside is that it can leave you feeling like you're just not up to the job. That in addition to the fact that you are paid peanuts for what should be paid at least £5k more is quite demoralising.
Overall, I found the experience enlightening and a good opportunity to learn, if not an opportunity that was far more difficult and painful than it had to be if there was the correct support and training in place.
Assistant Case Handler (Current Employee) – Northampton, Northamptonshire – 1 April 2017
Shoosmiths conveyancing department is a busy location and is generally a good place to work. There are no quiet periods and the work is demanding. The firm expects a lot from its case handlers, and as conveyancing requires great attention to detail and gives relatively low financial reward, the work can be somewhat thankless. Managers generally do a good job of keeping up morale and identifying and supporting workers who are struggling to achieve as much as they need/ would like to accomplish professionally or on a day by day basis. The working environment is essentially dominated by women. Fridays, with the charity collections, dress down and usually many completions is both the best and worst day of the week. I have been very well trained and the training manager is knowledgeable and empathetic.
£50 voucher for your birthday, charity work, location is beautiful
• Developed clear understanding of stock management and auditing. • Organised and distributed electrical equipment to over 900 employees. • Liaised with O2 and negotiated contracts for each employee. • Used initiative to update the old filing system to an online platform.
Team Specialist (Former Employee) – Northampton, Northamptonshire – 28 March 2017
At times Shoosmiths is a great place to work and we are able to have a relaxed atmosphere in the office which I believe is requiered for the type of work we undertake. However, it is easy to feel underappreciated and that no consideration is taken for the people doing the work when implimenting changes or plans.
PA (Current Employee) – Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands – 25 February 2017
Shoosmiths looks after its employees, particularly fee earners and management. The Birmingham office is impressive and a great environment but sadly the plan is for agile working. In the main, staff tend to stay here. Workplace culture is vibrant. Plenty of scope for support staff advancement. Support staff could be better supported by management.
Agile working plan, support staff need more support