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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"A friendly and collaborative working environment."
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...

"Ensure that you know what the firm is all about, both in terms of the work we conduct..."

"Very friendly firm. Partners are easy to talk to as our associates. There's a good..."

"Training sessions are arranged for the trainees at fairly regular intervals on a..."

"The firm could roll out the mentoring scheme to trainees; this is currently the preserve..."

"There are no facilities to buy food other than basic sandwiches."

"People are flexible. So long as the work you're given gets done when it needs to..."

"Pay seems to be very good for a trainee salary. There are no bonuses for trainees...."

"Perks include: taxis and dinner home after 9:00pm, yearly gym contribution, non-contributory..."

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

"I was asked a lot about my CV, extra-curricular activities, some situational judgement..."

"Reducing its carbon footprint is very important to the firm."

"They actively try to recruit in a diverse manner and there is an active women's committee...."

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

"I have been given a lot of responsibility so far; drafting emails to clients, participating..."

"As a global firm, Sidley has an Africa/Asia pro bono programme, where we generally..."

"Good, interesting work. Intelligent, professional and kind people."

"Due to the international nature of the hours can be unpredictable - you do not know..."

"I was convinced by the firm's culture at the time and by the quality of the work...."

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

"There is a very popular ping-pong table in the office where a ping-pong tournament..."

"Friendly and open."

"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."

"More opportunities for trainee integration potentially."

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