Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"High-achieving, hard working, collegiate."
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...

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"Very decent salary."

"Good pension, days off if you move house, etc."

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"In my experience, people print out lots."

"The firm really stresses this. It is crucial and everyone contributes to it."

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

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"The small trainee intake means better quality work and making better relationships,..."

"Very mixed personalities of partners. Work/life balance."

"My experiences at open days, smaller intake, the pay, the type of work carried out..."

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"We have the best cookies in the City, as rated by RollOnFriday."

"Collegiate and hard working."

"Some excellent programmes with local schools and national charities."

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

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

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