Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"A small but well-respected office."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.2 / 10
6.2 / 10
8.8 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
7.7 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"The application process was very straightforward: one application, one verbal reasoning..."

"The working hierarchy is strict but cooperation and teamwork are very good. People..."

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

"Everyone is prepared to offer help and feedback and there are internal procedures..."

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

"You will have to work long hours when required but there is no 'face-time' culture...."

"As a trainee the pay is great. My understanding about the bonus scheme is that it..."

"You do get a good pension scheme and access to private health care. You are also..."

"My interview was with two partners, who asked me questions about my application form..."

"I just applied directly for a training contract, so my interview focused on me as..."

"This could be massively improved."

"The firm is a real mix of people. There are a large proportion of female associates..."

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

"First seat I had a great deal of responsibility, did a lot of drafting and had client..."

"Charitable companies."

"The work is very interesting and diverse and the people that you work with are very..."

"There can be expectations that you will work long hours and they can be unpredic..."

"A really friendly firm with a truly global presence, a small intake of trainees which..."

"I think the rates are generally pretty good; the firm does try to find somewhere..."

"Michelle and Barack Obama met when they worked at the Chicago office."

"Relatively small with good opportunities."

"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 departme..."

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