Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Open, friendly, meritocratic."
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...

"Our graduate recruitment team is very open-minded, so there is no clear 'type' that..."

"Most people are really nice and relatively approachable, which makes the long hours..."

"The firm has constant training throughout the year. This is on a range of topics..."

"Those at a higher level seem genuinely interested in mentoring those lower down."

"The location of the office is perfect, but I would say we could do with a bit of..."

"Depends very much on the department. You generally have more flexibility regarding..."

"US firms are traditionally associated with higher salaries - but trainee figures..."

"Dinner allowance and taxis when working late, trainee bonus and there are usually..."

"The recruitment process has changed substantially since I was recruited for the vacation..."

"Why law? Why Shearman & Sterling? What have you enjoyed about the vacation scheme?..."

"We recycle paper. As far as I can tell, that's all we do in terms of green initi..."

"There are many such initiatives for anybody who wants to get involved in, often driven..."

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

"I have been given lots of responsibility, and have had lots of interaction with clients..."

"This year we have been making huge improvements in our pro bono commitments in London..."

"The pay. Most people are good to work with and professional."

"Seat rotation process could be refined."

"I applied here due to the quality of work on offer, the international opportunities,..."

"Generally the firm offers all its trainees a place as an NQ. Those trainees that..."

"The cookies really are very nice (although I think that is a well-known fact now..."

"Friendly, collegiate atmosphere."

"The firm works with the RARE organisation to encourage clients from ethnic minorities..."

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

"All-inclusive team outings."

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