Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Relatively small with good opportunities."
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"There is an interview for the vacation scheme that focuses on your application and..."

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"Very thorough and frequent training programmes are delivered."

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"I was surprised at how relaxed the dress code is: hardly anyone wears a tie."

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"The pay is very high for qualified solicitors. Trainee pay could be better, thou..."

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"I was asked Why Sidley? As well as questions on previous work experiences. They also..."

"There are paper recycling bins and recycling facilities in the kitchen but there..."

"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."

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"Hours are long and seemingly arbitrary at times."

"I wanted a small trainee intake but at a global and high-quality firm. I also wanted..."

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"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"Regular one-to-one sessions with a supervisor to get feedback."

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