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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2015)
"Truly international, complex transactions!"
Pros: 
  • The flat hierarchy within the firm is complemented by a supportive culture
  • Trainees have opportunities to do high quality work for top level clients
  • Regular training seminars ensure trainees are consistently developing as lawyers
  • Salaries on offer to trainees are at the top of the market
Cons: 
  • The high levels of responsibility given to trainees can be a little daunting at first
  • The seat rotation process could be a little more transparent
  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable
  • Workloads can be a bit up and down over the course of the training contract
Culture
8.7 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.3 / 10
 
Hours
6.3 / 10
 
Salary
8.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.5 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Exceptional academic credentials are the norm. Aside from qualifications, the firm..."

"Everyone is very friendly, but there isn't much socialising. Workwise, teams work..."

"As Cleary allows you to take on as much as you can handle I have been exposed to..."

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

"Dress code at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton is business casual."

"Have worked 80-hour weeks before, but usually only in the frantic and closing stages..."

"Pay and bonuses are very transparent. There is no ambiguity over what other people..."

"We get taxis and free dinners if we are working on behalf of a client past a certain..."

"The first round is the open day which is actually a great way to get to know the..."

"It is unusual as they did not ask me about my CV or past experiences, but instead..."

"Leaving the lights and computer on all night is normal, as is printing reams upon..."

"We have a women's working group to address issues for women in the workplace, childcare..."

"Some high quality work, you're basically treated as a junior associate, really."

"Lots of projects are offered up to trainees."

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

"Hours, lack of ability to organise or keep to plans for personal life."

"I was attracted to the flat structure (not divided into rigid departments, multi-specialist..."

"The retention rates are very good at the firm, and I think we continue to retain..."

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

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

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

"Levels of stress depend what seat you are in - what work you are doing and with ..."

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

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