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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious, supportive, hard-working."
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
6.1 / 10
8.0 / 10


  • There’s a collegiate and supportive culture within the firm.
  • Regular training seminars ensure trainees are constantly developing as lawyers.
  • Trainees are very happy with the salaries on offer for associate level and above.
  • There is high-quality work offered to trainees from early in their contract.


  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable.
  • There isn’t a lot of formal training overall or in specific departments.
  • The distribution of workloads can be imbalanced.
  • Some trainees feel that they do not have enough holiday allowance.

What insiders say about...

"Exceptional academic credentials are the norm. Aside from qualifications, the firm..."

"Cooperation and teamwork is excellent. Everyone works hard so nobody is left to carry..."

"Trainees are regularly contacted by the KM group to ask what training would be most..."

"Everyone, including solicitors and partners, is very approachable and willing to..."

"Our office was brand new as of January 2018 so the space and facilities are very..."

"There are long hours, but that is to be expected considering the nature of the work..."

"Trainees get a bonus, which is unusual. It's reasonable too. In terms of regular..."

"Dinners and car after a certain time."

"I was asked very general questions based on my CV. Often, you are asked to explain..."

"There was a mixture of competency based questions and questions about myself, and..."

"Leaving the lights and computer on all night is normal, as is printing reams upon..."

"There is a very active diversity committee with including a Women's Working Group..."

"I have lots of client interaction, and on a day-to-day basis I'm responsible for..."

"Pro bono seems to be growing quickly at the firm. I've worked on a death penalty..."

"The quality of training, involvement in high-level work and the people."

"The hours are long and there's an expectation that you will be willing to drop anything..."

"Small teams, international work, lots of responsibility, friendly atmosphere, great..."

"When it comes to retention, Cleary is better than most firms. It prefers to foster..."

"It's foray into Europe in the late 1940s was undertaken with the instruction of helping..."

"International and cutting-edge."

"Not a huge amount."

"All jobs in the legal sector can be stressful, I would imagine. Stress at Cleary..."

"Fix practice group-specific training programmes for a more substantive legal education...."

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