Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, collegiate atmosphere."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.3 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • The office has a very collegiate atmosphere and a culture of collaboration.
  • A relatively small trainee intake allows for a lot of individual focus and access to high quality work.
  • There are lots of training sessions on offer to help trainees develop their skills.
  • The buddy system allows trainees to learn from senior colleagues in an informal setting.


  • The allocation of work can be somewhat unpredictable.
  • Expectations of long hours mean it can make maintaining a decent work/life balance difficult.
  • There could be more opportunities for trainees to go on secondment.
  • At present the seat allocation process is not very transparent.

What insiders say about...

"Read about the firm, understand what we specialise in and how we want to be identified..."

"The firm has a good social calendar and the people are generally quite nice. On the..."

"S&S errs on the side of too much training. They are very open-minded and offer whatever..."

"The buddy system and mentoring from supervisors are very useful for developing skills..."

"Offices are modern, new, clean however have had some problems with air conditioning...."

"In the run up to a closing, the hours can be very long, but that aside they're very..."

"The pay is very competitive so I have no complaints. Trainees get a small bonus each..."

"Free dinner after 8:00pm, taxi after 9:00pm, relocation days if going abroad, good..."

"The interview process comprises one interview with HR and a lawyer for the vacation..."

"Questions included: Why this firm? And what interests you about the work? I was also..."

"In my experience, people print out lots."

"The firm is very male-dominated above the mid-senior associate level."

"Relatively easy to move up the ranks. Meritocratic."

"Lots of client interaction and responsibility in transactional seats. Sometimes highly..."

"The firm is very strong at pro bono in terms of both legal and non-legal work. For..."

"Very laid-back atmosphere. No 'face-time' culture. Fantastic team."

"One of the downsides of a small trainee intake and a relatively small office is that..."

"Small intake, high-end deals, international opportunities, salary."

"Retention prospects are good, depending on exactly where those jobs are. Core areas..."

"Known as 'German & Sterling' in the aftermath of WWII for its work in restructuring..."

"A great international firm where you receive excellent training."

"The firm works with Rare, a charity which teaches applicants about the application..."

"My first seat has been really enjoyable - the work has been interesting and the hours..."

"I would like to see more overseas seats opened up for secondments."

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