Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Great atmosphere, cutting edge deals."
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...

"Be yourself - the interview process is much easier if you don't seek to conform to..."

"Great culture - 'open-door' policy throughout the firm, and very much a team-work..."

"Very good - constant training on all areas from practice area specific sessions to..."

"I have had several great mentors while working here - both informally and through..."

"Showers are very good and you can have a permanent locker to keep toiletries/clothes/sports..."

"The hours depend on the rhythms of the matter you are working on. Given the nature..."

"Extremely good and the pay rise from first to second year was a nice surprise. Good,..."

"£30 meal allowance past 8:00pm, taxis at 9:00pm. Days holiday given when you have..."

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

"My first interview was quite informal so we had a conversation about my degree and..."

"Recycling is encouraged, as is limiting the amount of energy used unnecessarily...."

"Enhanced maternity policy. People from widely diverse backgrounds are hired and made..."

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

"There is a high amount of client interaction, and associates are very willing to..."

"We are involved in several pro bono and community initiatives. I help with various..."

"Small teams, great hands on experience."

"The unpredictability of hours in certain teams."

"Outstanding reputation, early responsibility, the supportive environment and good..."

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

"The firm has amazing cookies that are baked on the premises."

"Approachable, wide-reaching, appreciative."

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

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

"I would like the firm to offer more overseas seats."

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