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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)
"Everyone pitching 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...

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

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

"The firm has a very good training programme, mainly in the form of lunchtime training..."

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

"Offices nice - many recently re-done. Location is good right near Liverpool Street...."

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

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

"Taxis, dinners for late-working (9:00pm and 8:00pm respectively); department drinks/socials;..."

"Questions weren't too difficult, was asked about my motivations."

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

"Not a huge focus, but recycling is encouraged (including battery recycling boxes)..."

"I don't think it is the most diverse firm, but we have a number of female partners..."

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

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

"Massively encouraged to work on pro bono as a trainee - there are three main causes..."

"Being treated like a valuable asset to the team - with as much responsibility as..."

"Being 'on call' at weekends – but this is probably true for every lawyer in the..."

"The small trainee intake and international work/opportunities initially attracted..."

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

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

"Inclusive, great training environment, 'open-door'."

"The firm has hosted a number of students from less privileged backgrounds through..."

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

"Better IT support."

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