Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Very friendly firm with a professional atmosphere and access to very interesting work."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
7.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.2 / 10
 
Hours
6.2 / 10
 
Salary
8.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.7 / 10
 
 

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