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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Good, hardworking, nice."
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...

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

"We have a very friendly and open-door culture. You can find US-level work and independence..."

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

"I feel I have been very well-supervised. The feedback that you receive is useful..."

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

"I have been lucky with my departments so far and have only left after 8.00 pm on..."

"I would say we are paid well."

"There is a gym allowance or the free gym downstairs (your choice), which is great...."

"The competition is fierce as is to be expected with only ten places available. The..."

"Why law and why Sidley?"

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

"There are good flexible working options. People can work from home on occasion even..."

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

"In my first seat, I had quite a lot of client contact in one transaction in particular...."

"I have just volunteered for a programme with LawWorks that will help people challenge..."

"The culture is super friendly and there is a great support system in place to ensure..."

"Top heavy structure means that perhaps there are not enough opportunities to do substantive..."

"The firm has an excellent reputation and high remuneration. There is also interesting..."

"Generally speaking they are very good. As we are quite a small London office, sometimes..."

"It's not exactly a little-known fact but the Obamas met while they were both working..."

"Impressive client roster and very friendly."

"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."

"Provide more information up front about the nature of work in different departments...."

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