Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gibson Dunn

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 4 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious. Exciting. Friendly."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
7.3 / 10
8.0 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
9.5 / 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.
  • The work offered to trainees is wide ranging and of a high quality.
  • Trainees have found remuneration to be very satisfactory and competitive with other firms.


  • The unpredictable workload can make it difficult to manage your work/life balance.
  • 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 is still developing its training contract.
  • Some trainees feel that the training contract could be better organised.

What insiders say about...

"Read up on recent news articles and be prepared to argue both sides of the debate..."

"The firm is a great place if you like responsibility and socialising. It's a very..."

"The training contract system here is still quite new and is evolving. Supervisors..."

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

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

"Work hours are perfectly manageable – no worse than those of friends at other firms...."

"You can't argue with this salary."

"We get free dinners when we work late and free taxis home. We have a buddy system..."

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

"More initiatives on recycling and power usage would be good."

"There are numerous opportunities to get involved in diversity initiatives including..."

"I get exposure to big-ticket matters with large and sophisticated clients."

"Pro bono hours are counted at the same value as chargeable hours. Many projects come..."

"The time taken over my professional development and the highly specialised training...."

"There's occasionally a lack of transparency from senior management."

"The reputation, practice areas and salary."

"The low intake level and being the first set of trainees leads me to hope I will..."

"Lord Charles Falconer is a partner here."

"Supportive, ambitious and dedicated."

"I'd like it if the firm offered more secondment opportunities."

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