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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"As with many City firms, it is a tough firm to do well in."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
 
Hours
7.2 / 10
 
Salary
8.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Research the firm as much as possible. Be aware of the transactions that we do and..."

"You feel like an integral part of the team and your point of view is always heard..."

"I have attended managing stress workshops, drafting training and law updates tra..."

"The firm provides a mentoring service for trainees and senior lawyers are accessible..."

"Improvements are needed on the air conditioning system. Some offices can be comfortable,..."

"There is no 'face-time' culture and people expect you to leave if you have no work..."

"Pay is good, although on the lower end of American firms."

"The cookies are amazing (and made in-house)."

"Application form, online testing, first round interview and then assessment centre...."

"In my interview with a partner and HR, I was asked questions about how I have displayed..."

"There are no major programmes to improve the firm's impact on the environment as..."

"Various programmes and initiatives are in place to increase diversity. This is also..."

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

"This has varied throughout my training contract, but I have always felt like a valued..."

"Really good for pro bono work. I have been involved in a variety of schemes from..."

"The people. They are the best people to learn from and also some of the best people..."

"The unpredictable flow of work means you may end up getting a large task to do at..."

"Small intake and high level of international work for top clients."

"Generally the people that are not retained at the firm choose to go elsewhere because,..."

"Used to be known (unofficially) as 'German & Sterling' due to its involvement in..."

"Hard working but a lot of fun."

"The firm works with a company that assists people from less privileged backgrounds..."

"Beyond stressful! Can't remember the last day off I had (including weekends and ..."

"I think it would be beneficial for trainees to have more direct contact with par..."

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