Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Enjoyable working environment."
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...

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

"Although of course there is a structure and hierarchy the firm operates an 'open-door'..."

"Training consists mainly of lunchtime presentations on a variety of legal-related..."

"The mentoring and informal training at Sidley is excellent. All supervisors take..."

"Our offices are spacious, well-located and have good facilities. The dress code is..."

"It varies very much from department to department, but if you have important plans..."

"Pay is great; more than most Magic Circle firms."

"We have access to a free gym."

"One hour interview with two partners. General questions about my application and..."

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

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

"There are good flexible working options. People can work from home on occasion even..."

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

"For the most part there are plenty of opportunities for client contact. The low ratio..."

"I've provided the first draft of a loan agreement for a pro bono project and provided..."

"The interesting work and supportive atmosphere. The people are good, friendly and..."

"Maintaining a decent work/life balance can be challenging sometimes."

"The client base, diversity of work and international aspect."

"Retention rates are very good. It just depends on whether the department you want..."

"The Obama's met each other while working as associates in the Chicago office."

"Friendly, approachable yet with a professional atmosphere."

"The firm helps with mentoring projects in schools located in less privileged areas,..."

"It can get very stressful at times when deadlines are tight and there is a lot of..."

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

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