Culture

7.8 / 10

(based on 4 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Relations in the office are more collegiate than hierarchical, though still professional. The smaller office size and entrepreneurial approach to finding work seems to contribute to this. Aside from work, social and mentoring events range from being more structured (eg department welcome lunches and the New Lawyers Academy in the USA for new joiners) to more informal (eg buddy events with more advanced trainees and associates as well as informal after work drinks)."
First year trainee, London
"There's a very good culture in the office, everyone is extremely friendly and polite and stressful moments are handled well as a team. The level of socialising outside of work could be improved upon, more events and drinks would help with relationship-building."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is hard-working but doesn't take itself too seriously."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"There is no hierarchy at Gibson Dunn – it's very much a meritocracy. It is genuinely a very collegiate environment where people really do want to help each other out."
London
"The firm is a great place if you like responsibility and socialising. It's a very informal firm and you can easily go to see partners or more senior members of the team who are generally available to address any queries you may have. We have a mentorship programme, which works quite well for career progression and day-to-day issues you want to raise with partners. We also have a diversity committee, a pro bono committee and a social committee that organises events every month like the summer party. The entire firm organises retreats regularly where all attorneys meet their colleagues from other offices in some beautiful and sunny area of the US."
London
"Non-hierarchical and an open-door policy. A friendly office culture with lots of formal and informal socialising events."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a strong culture of teamwork and a desire to assist colleagues with completing matters. There are a number of social events both within teams and office-wide. There's usually a good turnout despite the office being spread across two buildings, which is not always conducive to socialising with colleagues."
First year trainee, London
"It's been full of low-key but relaxed and fun social events. The softball team is a particular highlight. Culture is seen as very important, which means people are actively co-operative and lovely to work with."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture allows you to get involved in many different areas of work and the low-leverage system means that you have a lot of partner contact and visibility from your first seat."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a very entrepreneurial culture. It operates a free market system where it is up to you to ask if you want to work with a certain partner in another department or get involved in a big pro bono matter etc. There's a lot of independence in that respect and nobody is keeping watch on your every movement. You also get a lot of one-to-one interaction with partners. The partners are great to learn from, generally approachable and they definitely put in the hours! Socially, people are relaxed and happy to grab a drink. The firm organises great (and generous) socials but there is not much in the way of spontaneous get togethers."
London
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