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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Collegiate, quirky and humble."
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...

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

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

"Quite a varied training programme - you see a wide variety in training and in early..."

"Generally, I have found solicitors and partners here to be very approachable. Some..."

"Offices are a bit old and tired and the client rooms are not impressive. That said,..."

"My working hours vary, but regular days are ten to 11 hours long."

"There are firms that pay more but our pay is generally at the top end of the market...."

"Heavily subsidised canteen. Top of the range BlackBerrys, laptops. Great secretarial..."

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

"I was asked quite substantive problem questions. e.g. "You work for an airline company..."

"Recycling is encouraged at the firm."

"My experiences at the firm in this regard are very positive. The firm is extremely..."

"During my second week of my first seat, I met a major client whilst working on an..."

"We can give our time to a free women's legal advice clinic, advising international..."

"Colleagues are generally bright and interesting, and the firm mantra of "collegiality"..."

"There can be an inconsistency in the content and volume of work and we can occasionally..."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation scheme and the friendly, down to earth environment...."

"Retention rates have traditionally been good."

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

"A cutting edge, super friendly, and hard-working firm of intellectuals!"

"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 whom...."

"A general reduction of hours would be appreciated."

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