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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"Good, hardworking, nice."
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...

"There was a written application, a psychometric test and then one interview with..."

"The working environment at Sidley is very collegiate and the people are genuinely..."

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

"Most of the lawyers are very open and some of the partners operate 'open-door' policies...."

"The firm's location is quite central to the City and is spread over three floors...."

"Hours can be long but this is what I expected when joining the firm. They are still..."

"Trainees do not receive bonuses. Associates who do receive bonuses must record at..."

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

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

"I was asked a lot about myself and the answers I had put on my application. I was..."

"There are paper recycling bins and recycling facilities in the kitchen but there..."

"Sidley takes diversity very seriously and is involved in a number of diversity initiatives..."

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

"In my first seat, I had quite a lot of client contact in one transaction in particular...."

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

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

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

"I applied here for the opportunity to work on many types of work and get a lot of..."

"Retention rates are quite good - around 80%."

"The firm has a roof terrace which is fantastic in the spring/summer!"

"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."

"More training sessions."

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