Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gibson Dunn

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"Great expanding firm with very impressive and friendly attorneys."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.3 / 10
8.1 / 10
9.3 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10


  • The entrepreneurial culture gives trainees the means and responsibility to build relationships with clients early on.
  • There’s an open-door policy and many partners are very active regarding informal training and mentoring.
  • While the hours can be long, a degree of flexibility is allowed to trainees.
  • Trainees have found remuneration to be very satisfactory and toward the top of US firms.


  • The wide variety of work can make it difficult to predict your workload.
  • The flat hierarchy may confuse some trainees when they first start.
  • Trainees felt that there was very little attention paid to recycling and other environmental concerns.
  • The firm has only recently started taking on trainees so are still developing their training contract.

What insiders say about...

"Know your stuff and be yourself. Don't sell yourself as having more knowledge than..."

"There is no hierarchy at Gibson Dunn – it's very much a meritocracy. It is genuinely..."

"It's quite new and so not well as established or tried-and-tested as at other firms..."

"Feedback is always given and provides useful guidance for your progression whether..."

"It's a listed building – my office has a fireplace!"

"I feel that there is a lot of flexibility so long as I get my work done. While this..."

"You can't argue with this salary."

"Retreats in the US! Buddy and mentoring programmes."

"The usual questions regarding my background but also questions regarding my knowledge..."

"Could be better, not a great effort on recycling (paper or food)."

"The firm strongly promotes diversity. We have a very important diversity committee..."

"I have lots of client interaction and responsibility but I never feel pushed to go..."

"The firm is very committed to pro bono, which counts as billable time. I worked on..."

"The culture really stands out, as do the people."

"Not being able to fully switch off from your work phone."

"Meeting the firm for the first time at a CV workshop at my university. The people..."

"This is the first intake of trainees, so it's hard to know."

"The firm's offices are inside London's old telephone exchange."

"Great expanding firm with very impressive and friendly attorneys."

Remember to mention TARGETjobs when contacting employers!