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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."
  • 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...

"Candidates should read about the firm, but also know themselves and their CV really..."

"There is a very flat structure at Cleary, and all members of staff are friendly and..."

"The training scheme has improved with weekly lectures and lunchtime talks, ranging..."

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

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

"Hours are often long and unpredictable. You may have to do work at the weekend."

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

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

"Haven't heard much about it. Definitely could do better."

"Many LBGT people, but no female partners. Few ethnic minorities, apart from South-East..."

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

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

"The challenging work allows me to be right at the heart of the case and feel like..."

"We don't always have the extra resources which a larger firm might."

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

"Fairly confident."

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

"Ambitious, supportive, hard-working."

"As long as you have the qualifications or otherwise impress HR, no one cares about..."

"All jobs in the legal sector can be stressful, I would imagine. Stress at Cleary..."

"I think that the firm could have a more transparent process for seat allocations..."

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