Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Professional and with a high quality of work but top heavy."
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...

"I would recommend that candidates research the firm thoroughly so they can talk in..."

"The culture is very friendly and fun, but the hours can be very long."

"The firm does offer training courses throughout the training contract, which are..."

"I receive regular feedback on my work from my supervisor and partner in charge. Both..."

"The offices are more comfortable and less flashy than you might expect, which I think..."

"Hours are very variable depending on what seat you're in and how busy the department..."

"The trainee pay is very good. Trainees are not eligible for bonuses, which is a shame..."

"There's a phone allowance and a gym allowance."

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

"I was asked a lot about myself and the answers I had put on my application. I was..."

"The firm is developing its green initiatives and policies."

"Sidley takes diversity very seriously and is involved in a number of diversity initiatives..."

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

"Good level of client interaction, interesting work, ability to draft advice emails..."

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

"The supportive working environment."

"The majority of the decision-making has to be done in America."

"Sidley's international reputation, the quality of the client base and the size of..."

"Sidley has very high retention rates in general."

"The Obamas met at the Chicago headquarters!"

"Friendly, open, challenging."

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

"Depending on the department, the stress levels can be quite high at times."

"To be given a more formal training programme with frequent set events throughout..."

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