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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"Interesting work and excellent colleagues."
Pros: 
  • The firm has a genuine 'open-door' policy and colleagues at all levels are approachable.
  • Global client-base provides trainees with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting transactions.
  • Having a diverse workforce and being environmentally responsible are real priorities for the firm.
Cons: 
  • The international nature of the firm's work means that hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Trainees are not eligible for a bonus.
  • Work comes in peaks and troughs meaning there may be some fairly quiet periods.
Culture
8.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.0 / 10
 
Hours
7.0 / 10
 
Salary
9.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"I think most people at Sidley would tend to agree that Sidley does not have a particular..."

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

"Very thorough and frequent training programmes are delivered."

"Everyone I have worked with has been a fairly good mentor. If you ask for feedback..."

"Location is great as its in the middle of the City. The office has a roof terrace,..."

"Your hours depend on who you are working for, but I generally work less than my friends..."

"I would say we are paid well."

"Dinner and taxis are provided if you are working past 9:00pm. Sidley social events..."

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

"Questions about myself - when have I demonstrated leadership, teamwork, perseverance,..."

"The firm promotes a lot of recycling."

"The firm is genuinely interested in diversity, sponsoring lots of events and initiatives...."

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

"Good level of responsibility from the get go. In my particular seat not too much..."

"The firm has an Africa-Asia pro bono program, which I have worked on. However, these..."

"Early responsibility, high-quality work."

"Sometimes hours can be unpredictable."

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

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

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

"Reputation for excellence."

"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."

"As the market recovers, it would be good to see the firm employing a select few paralegals..."

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