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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)
"An interesting place to work and a very nice working environment."
9.3 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.0 / 10
5.8 / 10
8.4 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Most important is to be yourself and polite. It is strikingly evident when candidates..."

"The firm is loosely structured. There are no departments or chains of command; deals..."

"Training is usually twice a week over lunch or first thing in the morning. It's usually..."

"Informal training is excellent. Partners and associates are generally approachable..."

"Good location, right by the Tube, and the mainline station. Nice kitchen areas, canteen..."

"Have worked 80-hour weeks before, but usually only in the frantic and closing stages..."

"The firm has just increased the salary and holiday allowance to remain at the top..."

"The firm offers various perks, including cabs/food when working late, gym membership..."

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

"During the interview I had to describe a contract to a ten year-old, and describe..."

"Other than recycling paper, there does not seem to be much effort to promote environmentally..."

"My experiences at the firm in this regard are very positive. The firm is extremely..."

"I was given a lot of responsibility early on."

"Pro bono is mixed at the firm, but one of the first projects I have been put on is..."

"The firm has good culture and people and some very interesting work."

"Perhaps some departments could have more staff so as to help with the busy and heavy..."

"The firm's international reputation and the level and quality of its work were all..."

"Although a few trainees have left, and a number of associates too, the firm has good..."

"We're non-departmentalised and many associates practice more than one area of la..."

"Collegiate, quirky and humble."

"Not a huge amount."

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

"Provide trainees with updates and frequent feedback on their seat."

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