MEALS AT GLOBAL law firm Reed Smith must taste like manna from heaven. The view from the company restaurant on the 31st floor of Broadgate Tower, in London’s financial district, is breathtaking.
Morale is generally high and staff are proud to work for the company (a 78% positive score), which represents leading international businesses, from FTSE 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises across a broad range of industries, including financial services, health care, advertising, technology and media, shipping, energy and natural resources, and manufacturing. They also feel that they can make a valuable contribution to its success (79%).
Reed Smith has grown significantly over the past decade with three mergers, and now has 12 offices opening across the world. It has 3,491 staff globally, up from 2,209 in 2003.
People see their job as good for their personal growth (76%) and feel that the experience they gain will help them in the future (79%). Time off is given for study and financial support offered for work-related qualifications, plus coaching, mentoring and job-shadowing.
The company wants its staff to acquire a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses, so it has launched a combined masters in business and legal practice course to give trainees a more rounded sense of business strategy and commercial know-how.
Employees say the company likes to give something back and has a strong social conscience (78%). It uses its specialist skills to help the community, too, with each lawyer providing on average 32 pro bono hours a year to work in schools, care centres and homeless and women’s shelters.
Managing partner Richard Swinburn is said to be running the business based on sound moral principles (72%) and there is confidence in the leadership skills of the management team (76%).
Swinburn likes to be visible, hosting breakfast and lunch strategy sessions and informal Q&A chats. He also sits on the company’s employee engagement committee. He likes to reward staff, too. The winner of the “employee of the quarter” award gets £750 and a duvet day.
Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here
Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours
On-site nursery or vouchers
Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme
40% of employees with more than 5 years' service
At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay
Dental insurance offer to all employees
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