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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)
"Brilliant, friendly, flexible!"
  • 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...

"My best advice for candidates is to understand what we do here. The firm's clients..."

"There's no 'face-time' on those few occasions where you get to leave at a civilized..."

"Training is far more on-the-job than formal."

"We have plenty of mentors assigned to us from day one. I’ve found them to be really..."

"Great location. Spacious offices. The client meeting rooms and facilities could be..."

"I have not had to work particularly long hours yet, but I am told that they will..."

"Salaries are very high, though no longer at the absolute top of the market."

"Subsidised canteen where trainees, associates and partners all eat."

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

"I was asked about a finance case study."

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

"There could be more women in senior ranks, in my opinion."

"I have a lot of client interaction where appropriate, and I feel that I am always..."

"Lots of projects are offered up to trainees."

"Responsibility, people, pay."

"The pay difference between US and UK associates."

"The difficult international work (six months in and I still haven't worked with a..."

"Retention rates are good, which makes it easier to get on with the work and not worry..."

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

"The firm is eccentric, interesting and non-hierarchical."

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

"Currently not so much as my supervisor is responsible for my time and matters, and..."

"More formal training in each practice area before beginning each seat."

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