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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)
"Friendly, first class, genuine, accommodating, and diverse."
  • 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.
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

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself during the interviews - personality and characters are considered to..."

"Great structure - no hierarchy here. Can talk to everyone from senior partner to..."

"We have weekly lunchtime training on different areas of practice. In addition, we..."

"Solicitors and partners are accessible – there isn't much 'social distance' between..."

"Casual dress code. Each solicitor gets his own room, which is great."

"There is an expectation that you will be available to work long hours and on weekends..."

"Pay is good at my firm, certainly in the context of the market. Bonuses are given..."

"Perks of working at the firm include business cards, incredible Virgin gym membership,..."

"The application process involved an interview day, negotiation exercises, competition..."

"I was asked about how asset financing works in my interview at the firm."

"Recycling is encouraged at the firm."

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

"I'm very satisfied with the work. I've been able to personally negotiate clauses..."

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

"Responsibility, people, pay."

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

"Good clients and you are not pigeon-holed into departments."

"The retention rates are very good at the firm, and I think we continue to retain..."

"The first-year trainee group is in charge of 'elving' each December. They organise..."

"Big deals, huge responsibility early on, good benefits and great pay."

"Not a huge amount."

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

"More consistent hours."

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