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

8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2016)
"A firm full of very impressive individuals."
Pros: 
  • There’s a collegial and supportive culture within the firm.
  • Trainees have opportunities to do high-quality work for top-level clients.
  • Regular training seminars ensure trainees are constantly developing as lawyers.
  • Trainees are very happy with the salaries on offer.
Cons: 
  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable.
  • Some felt that there could be more feedback.
  • Trainees may still need to be available while on holiday.
  • The offices are a bit old and tired, though the firm will soon be relocating to new ones.
Culture
9.3 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.0 / 10
 
Hours
5.8 / 10
 
Salary
8.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.4 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Good grades, an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn and get involved..."

"Highly supportive, collegial and friendly."

"Training tends to be far less formal than at other firms. There is a series of lunchtime..."

"There is a lot of encouragement for formal mentoring, but informal mentoring happens..."

"Dress code at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton is business casual."

"My working hours vary, but regular days are ten to 11 hours long."

"I think we are remunerated extremely well at Cleary."

"Heavily subsidised canteen. Top of the range BlackBerrys, laptops. Great secretarial..."

"The process involved an interview or open day for a vacation scheme - the firm recruit..."

"I was asked numerous technical, contractual and competition, and business questi..."

"Recycling is encouraged at the firm."

"I think the firm could definitely be more diverse - we are overall largely middle..."

"Generally interesting and relevant, supervisor makes an effort to make sure work..."

"As a trainee, I have had the opportunity to get fully involved in pro bono, as well..."

"Trainees are given a varied workload, responsibility, and are treated like adults...."

"The canteen in the London office."

"A friend recommended the firm to me."

"Cleary seems to be keen to retain its trainees."

"Trainees dress up as elves at Christmas and throw sweets at fellow lawyers while..."

"A firm full of very impressive individuals."

"Unlike some firms to which I applied, there is absolutely no Oxbridge bias in Cleary's..."

"Levels of stress depend what seat you are in - what work you are doing and with ..."

"More opportunities for feedback/active learning."

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