Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Professional, innovative and friendly."
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...

"The application process was fairly easy. I filled out an online application that..."

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

"The formal training is good but not very structured."

"The supervisors are our first point of contact and will take the time to go through..."

"The office space is nice, although I am not too familiar with the other ones - seems..."

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"Getting a taxi home after 9.00 pm is a nice perk, and £25.00 for dinner after hours..."

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"It's hard in a law office, but we could try to do more recycling in the kitchen areas..."

"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."

"Good client interaction, lots of responsibility and independence."

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"Variety of work, complex and interesting deals. I have never been involved in the..."

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