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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)
"An academic and perfectionist firm."
9.3 / 10
Formal Training
6.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
6.1 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 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...

"Read the trainee brochure. It has useful material on the firm's culture and work...."

"Everyone is very friendly and very happy to help."

"The training programme is good. We have two training sessions a week on a variety..."

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

"The offices are fine, if a little old now. The location is perfect, as the office..."

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

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

"Great, exclusive gym membership."

"I had to attend two interviews (back to back), one with HR and one with two associates...."

"I was asked very little about my CV. I was given various scenarios and asked how..."

"The firm could improve on reducing its carbon footprint: we have separate bins but..."

"I think the only struggle so far is that it is very Oxbridge heavy, but in terms..."

"I find that work here tends to be more interesting than at other firms - trainees..."

"Lots of projects are offered up to trainees."

"The pay. The exciting projects."

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

"The fact that I would be in an intake of ten or so and, therefore, would have a chance..."

"They are excellent and everyone who wants to stay is able to in general."

"On the day of the Christmas party, the first-year trainees dress up as elves and..."

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

"Cleary Gottlieb recruits from a wide range of law schools and colleges across the..."

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

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

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