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8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly and hard-working."
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...

"Assessment day (including partner interview, group exercise, written exercise) as..."

"There's little sense of hierarchy because of the small office and collegiate atmosphere...."

"I have attended lots of training sessions on a wide range of topics: technical legal..."

"Varies between mentors, but generally a good experience. As noted, internal training..."

"Good central location, modern facilities and good spatial use of floors for offices..."

"Some nights can be very long, but in comparison to other firms of the same calibre..."

"A high pay compared to others."

"Perks include: taxis, healthcare, and free dinners if you are working past 8:00p..."

"The firm has, understandably, exacting standards for applicants. The training contract..."

"Why do you want to work for Shearman & Sterling? What do you want to pursue a career..."

"In my experience, people print out lots."

"There is a Shearman Women initiative, promoting women and representation of other..."

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

"I am currently in a transactional department where the work involving review of complex..."

"The firm may be developing a pro bono minimum target for each employee in the near..."

"Small teams, great hands on experience."

"Some departments are too stretched in terms of personnel - makes trainees very busy..."

"The main attraction was that it is an American firm but with a very distinct London..."

"The firm's attitude is not to keep on people who aren't good enough or do not fit,..."

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

"Good team spirit."

"We run schemes and have students in from a local academy for work experience."

"Lots of responsibility = stressful! And unpredictability is in itself stressful."

"All-inclusive team outings."

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