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A&L Goodbody

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5.6 / 10

(based on 59 ratings in 2018)

2018

"So far, my hours have been relatively good and I have rarely had to stay late at work. How flexible the firm is in terms of hours depends very much on the individual team you are working in and on your individual workload. If you have finished the tasks you needed to get done for that day, there is no expectation for trainees to stay later for the sake of it in my experience, which I appreciate."
Second year trainee,
"It depends on the team, though my hours have generally been long. The firm is flexible when possible and we are strongly encouraged to leave when we can."
Third year trainee,
"The hours can be very long depending on the department and you can normally not take holidays in November and December. You will be expected to stay late repeatedly and for as long as required when a team is busy. It's not for the faint hearted. However, I have always found the firm to be very accommodating with any appointments or family events that I need to attend."
Third year trainee,
"The hours can be very long depending on your seat and work streams. They are generally okay but the reality is that working in a top corporate law firm means having to work long hours. The firm and partners are generally very appreciative of the hours you work. If you have an appointment for training or personal plans, you will generally be able to explain and leave in time."
Third year trainee,
"Hours can be long depending on how busy the team is. It's not that you would ever specifically be asked to stay late to do work, it's more that you have a number of jobs to complete within tight deadlines so working late is often necessary. However, if you have something on in the evening or have a hobby, my department is very accommodating and won't stop you from attending those things. It should be noted that the firm is now trying to place more emphasis on work/life balance. My average working day would be 9.00 am to 7.30 pm."
Second year trainee,
"The hours in my specific department are OK and I rarely leave later than 7.00 pm. This is not consistent with all departments, though. The firm is flexible in terms of taking longer lunches or going to appointments if you are not busy as it is expected you will stay late when needed."
First year trainee,
"Some days are fine while others involve long hours and it is impossible to predict what you will have from week to week. This makes it difficult to have any plans on week nights as you will be expected to stay late if you are busy."
Second year trainee,
"I have found my current seat (banking and finance) to be quite demanding in terms of hours. I've had relatively few very late nights but my average finishing time is about 8.00 pm. This can be draining over a prolonged period."
Second year trainee,
"The hours are not very flexible. However, if you have something on that is of personal significance, most teams will try to accommodate you."
First year trainee,

2015

"There are peaks and troughs but no 'face-time' culture at all. An average day is a 7:00pm finish. There is no expectation for trainees to stay late unless there's a big closing on a deal approaching imminently."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"Working hours depend on the department that you are working in and the time of year. There will always be busy and quiet times, but in general the hours are longer than most jobs. While it can take some getting used to - the people you have around you make those late nights a lot easier."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"If you need to get out for a specific reason some evening then every effort will be made to accommodate you. However, on an average day, depending on the team, you may be expected to be available until 8:00/9:00pm."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"Hours vary depending on what projects are going on at the time. Some days you will not have much to do, and on others you will be rushed off your feet. On an average day I start a little before 9:00am and get out any time between 6:00pm and 7:30pm."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The hours vary depending on the team, the department and the time of the year. My current hours are long but teams are appreciative, and the work is very challenging and interesting. It is encouraged for you to leave on time when and as often as possible."
Dublin
"Due to the department I work in my hours are very much project based. If a big transaction is going on, then long hours will be required. However, when there is a quiet period we are thoroughly encouraged to leave the office at a normal time. Overall I find that once your work is done, there is no requirement to be in late at all."
First year trainee, Dublin
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