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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)
"Top quality lawyers, non-hierarchical, and encourage learning and progression."
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...

"My best interview advice for applying here is to research the firm."

"People are incredibly helpful, regardless of seniority at the firm."

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

"Everyone, including solicitors and partners, is very approachable and willing to..."

"The office is rather ugly. The lifts don't work properly, there is little light,..."

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

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

"Great, exclusive gym membership."

"My interview questions were not tough in themselves, but the fact you have to get..."

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

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

"The firm has an excellent record in promoting diversity."

"I feel as though I have much more client interaction than my peers in other firms...."

"I am involved in a refugee assistance program and deal with several cases where we..."

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

"The work culture (and some workaholic people). The building. The fact that you cannot..."

"Great clients and work opportunities coupled with a small and non-hierarchical workplace..."

"Although I am a relatively new trainee, retention rates are good from what I gat..."

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

"Never a dull moment."

"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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