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8.7 / 10

(based on 6 ratings in 2015)

2015

"There is a studious and academic atmosphere, but at the same time everyone is very friendly and approachable throughout all levels of seniority. The importance of teamwork is something that has shone through right from the start, and it is supported both by the lock-step remuneration structure and the way in which different offices around the world work together."
First year trainee, London
"Cleary Gottlieb is a collegial firm. Regardless of whether one is a partner, counsel, associate or trainee there is a sense of camaraderie."
First year trainee, London
"There is a good atmosphere among colleagues, and a flat hierarchy in most teams."
Second year trainee, London
"Although the firm could organise more sponsored events, there is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere."
Second year trainee, London
"Colleagues are very friendly and willing to work with one another. Likewise, the firm is very non-hierarchical because of its lock-step system. This means it is quite structured, but nobody assumes that because they are senior to you that they can't learn from you or that they don't need to talk to you. Teamwork is key at the firm."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm is very collegiate and there is an 'open-door' policy."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"There is a very flat structure at Cleary, and all members of staff are friendly and interact with each other. The teamwork is very good - all my co-trainees are willing to help each other, and socialising amongst colleagues is encouraged."
First year trainee, London
"People are incredibly helpful, regardless of seniority at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"There is a very flat structure, everyone is incredibly polite and supportive. Socialising outside work hours is encouraged, and the firm makes an effort to encourage social events - the recent cheese and wine evening in the office being a prime example."
First year trainee, London
"Hierarchy is very flat. There are drinks every week, and regular organised social events which the entire firm participates in. There is a canteen where lots of people have their lunch and it's a great place to meet and chat at lunchtime, and makes you realise that you're not alone in whatever worries you may have. Everyone always offers to help each other out; you won't be left alone with a task if you really need some help."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very friendly, but there isn't much socialising. Workwise, teams work together well and there is a feeling of comradeship."
Second year trainee, London
"We are a small trainee intake at Cleary, which means everyone knows each other well. Being a small office means quickly getting know other members of the firm, as there is plenty of opportunity to work with a range of people. We are non-departmentalised, so the lawyers here undertake all kinds of work. This makes the office flexible and keeps everyone interested. There is certainly a hard-working culture, but the hierarchy is very flat - from trainees to partners, everyone contributes."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Outside the office, there is little pressure at the firm to socialise or drink with one's colleagues every Friday. When there is time to do so, trainees and associates tend to socialise on a more informal and ad hoc basis. Inside the office, the firm's emphasis is on collegiality. Most of my colleagues have been very cooperative and there is a good sense of teamwork, particularly amongst trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Great structure - no hierarchy here. Can talk to everyone from senior partner to newly qualified in the same way, and partners are great in that they sit with everyone in the canteen at lunch to chat. Everyone is really good at mucking in when help is needed on tasks."
First year trainee, London
"There's no 'face-time' on those few occasions where you get to leave at a civilized hour. However, other than a smattering of trips abroad, don't expect much in the way of social outings. The firm hierarchy is as flat as it could be. There are times when the deal team will consist of just a trainee, an associate and a partner, so there's no room for complicated chains of command."
First year trainee, London
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