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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"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.
  • Global client-base provides trainees with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting transactions.
  • Having a diverse workforce and being environmentally responsible are real priorities for the firm.
Cons: 
  • The international nature of the firm's work means that hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Trainees are not eligible for a bonus.
  • Work comes in peaks and troughs meaning there may be some fairly quiet periods.
Culture
8.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.0 / 10
 
Hours
7.0 / 10
 
Salary
9.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Sidley's application process consists of filling out an online application form,..."

"People are really nice. There is a sense of ambition without being overpowering...."

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

"I have been lucky to have a series of very good mentors and supervisors. Others generally..."

"Location is good and the dress code is city smart but not suits. The office has a..."

"Your hours depend on who you are working for, but I generally work less than my friends..."

"Pay is about standard for a US firm and is more than enough for a trainee."

"Perks include taxis home, a good pension scheme and free dinners for anyone working..."

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

"I was asked a number of technical questions - e.g. what was my opinion on the state..."

"We recycle and the firm encourages everyone to turn off their lights and computers..."

"The firm is definitely making progress on diversity and has a few programmes that..."

"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..."

"BPP mentoring programme. The firm does run a few other pro bono initiatives and takes..."

"Friendly culture of the firm at all levels."

"Lack of women in senior positions."

"Most of my legal work experience was in the corporate departments of various law..."

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

"The Obamas met at the Chicago headquarters!"

"Professional and with a high quality of work but top heavy."

"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."

"I would like to have a mentor associate in the firm."

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