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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"International, friendly, well-respected."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.9 / 10
6.9 / 10
9.0 / 10
7.6 / 10
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10


  • The firm has a genuine open-door policy and colleagues are approachable at all levels.
  • 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 and retention rates are good.
  • The salary is seen as being very competitive in the industry.


  • The international nature of the firm's work means that hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Some feel that the formal training is lacking at the firm.
  • The firm is not seen as being active with regards to green initiatives.
  • The office facilities are lacking, though a move to new offices is planned.

What insiders say about...

"There's an online application and an interview for the vacation scheme. There is..."

"Extremely friendly firm with a truly open-door policy. At the same time, everyone..."

"We get trained by various people across the firm on a regular basis. The programme..."

"Everyone is very approachable and the partners are willing to answer questions you..."

"The firm operates a fairly relaxed dress code unless you are attending a client meeting...."

"The firm is definitely flexible about hours (though this depends on the people you're..."

"I've got a very high opinion of the salary."

"Dinner and taxis are provided if you are working past 9:00pm. Sidley social events..."

"The assessment process consists of an online application form, which is followed..."

"The interview often presents the candidate with a hypothetical business issue. The..."

"The firm could do a lot more by way of recycling and ensuring lights are turned off..."

"We have a diversity committee and a women's committee which meet to discuss potential..."

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

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

"We do as much pro bono work as you would expect from any City firm. They have taken..."

"There is a genuine 'open-door' policy. Everyone is very friendly and approachable..."

"The hours can be quite unpredictable."

"I was interested in cross-border regulatory work."

"Given the firm has small intakes, retention rates will very much depend on the particular..."

"The Obama's met each other while working as associates in the Chicago office."

"Ambitious and hard-working."

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

"It can get very stressful at times when deadlines are tight and there is a lot of..."

"Some form of official flexible working policy would be good."

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