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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)
"A friendly, relaxed and highly competent firm to work for."
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


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Proactive & enthusiastic intelligent people, with some personality! As for advice..."

"There is a strong and collegial atmosphere at Cleary. There are many firm-wide social..."

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

"Although there is an open-door policy at the firm, I do not feel that partners are..."

"I usually wear a suit with an open shirt and keep a tie in my office in case I need..."

"The hours can be long (because it's corporate law, not because this is an American..."

"Excellent pay and bonus."

"We have cheese and wine organised a few times each year."

"The process was as follows: send in CV and cover letter to apply; you then attend..."

"In the first interview I was asked general questions about myself, my hobbies and..."

"Recycling is encouraged and recycling bins are made readily available on all flo..."

"We do a lot of diversity work. It can be hard to see the benefits immediately but..."

"Great work balance. For a first seat trainee obviously I have had trainee tasks like..."

"I worked on a re-sentencing project in Malawi following a court's ruling that the..."

"The pluses of working at the firm for me are the diverse work and the high level..."

"Massive discrepancies in hours worked depending on supervisor and state of the market...."

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

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

"Trainees dress up as elves at Christmas and throw sweets at fellow lawyers while..."

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

"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..."

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

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