Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"International, friendly, well-respected."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.2 / 10
6.2 / 10
8.8 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
7.7 / 10


  • The firm has a genuine open-door policy and colleagues at all levels are approachable.
  • The work offered to trainees is considered to be interesting and of high quality.
  • The small trainee intake means that more focus can be given to each trainee.
  • Trainees are confident that they are likely to be retained at the end of their training contract.


  • The international nature of the firm's work means that hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Trainees are not eligible for bonuses.
  • The firm is not seen as being active with regards to green initiatives.
  • Some feel that they weren’t given enough information before having to choose their first seat.

What insiders say about...

"The application process was fairly easy. I filled out an online application that..."

"Very friendly firm. Partners are easy to talk to as our associates. There's a good..."

"The training programme mostly comprises learning on the job. There is set training..."

"Lawyers seem very accessible. Partners also feel accessible but obviously to a lesser..."

"The office space is nice, although I am not too familiar with the other ones - seems..."

"This varies a lot across different departments but some teams can have unsociable..."

"The pay is very high for qualified solicitors. Trainee pay could be better, thou..."

"The firm has a non-contributory pension scheme and a variety of excellent social..."

"One hour interview with two partners. General questions about my application and..."

"I was asked Why Sidley? As well as questions on previous work experiences. They also..."

"This could be massively improved."

"They actively try to recruit in a diverse manner and there is an active women's ..."

"It doesn't appear to be easy to make partner at Sidley."

"I have had good client contact as I was on secondment in my first seat. Day-to-day..."

"As a global firm, Sidley has an Africa/Asia pro bono programme, where we generally..."

"The work the firm does is very interesting and trainees can get involved from a very..."

"There should be more information in advance of your first seat. It can be hard to..."

"I was interested in finance and Sidley has a strong reputation in this area. I wanted..."

"I think the retention rates are quite high at the firm but it depends year on year..."

"The firm has a roof terrace which is fantastic in the spring/summer!"

"Reputation for excellence."

"The firm helps with mentoring projects in schools located in less privileged areas,..."

"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"As the market recovers, it would be good to see the firm employing a select few paralegals..."

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