At the arse-end of pay satisfaction in the RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2020 survey are the bottom four firms who have all scored below 50%.
In joint-third last place Clyde & Co (48%) has adopted an “annoying strategy of paying you as little as they feel they can get away" according to a junior lawyer.
"Seniors are now beginning to leave en masse after years of no pay rises - these people are not replaceable" said another Clydes lawyer. "The firm's response is to up NQ pay but do nothing about the seniors" who can earn more elsewhere, resulting in "some departments turning into ghost ships."
Another shipping firm to come in for a keelhauling from its staff is HFW (48%), placing joint-third with Clydes. "Dismal, bargain bucket pay" said a senior lawyer.
"Not at all impressed" said another lawyer. "People are very angry at the tight management, derisory pay and non-existent bonus." But despite this, "we are told to compete with the best. Appalling".
But that tight partner just doesn't care
In second-to-last spot, a senior lawyer at Blake Morgan (28%) said that he hadn't received any "pay rise in 3 years...Not even to match inflation!" A junior lawyer said that pay was "extremely low for London - they claim it is a trade off for the work-life balance but many firms literally across the road offer the same lifestyle and about £20k more." A senior lawyer said that there had been "stand-still or meagre increases for the last 10 years. If I was in it for the money, I would be somewhere else."
This year's Golden Turd, PI firm Slater and Gordon (26%), was the lowest rated firm for salary satisfaction. "The bonus scheme is a massive stitch up" said a senior lawyer, "goalposts change just when you think you might be in for a bonus."
Another lawyer said, "I was told before joining that my financial target would be four times my salary. Years later it still is not. The bonus system makes no sense. Unless Santa brings me one, I don't know what bonus I'll get or when." She added "the gender pay gap information just about sums it up - the male paralegal who reports to me got a bigger bonus than me last time, how is that possible?"