Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"International, friendly, well-respected."
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..."

"Extremely friendly firm with a truly open-door policy. At the same time, everyone..."

"The firm runs a comprehensive training programme for its trainees that covers a variety..."

"The firm could roll out the mentoring scheme to trainees; this is currently the preserve..."

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

"If you have to work weekends (and I did have to when I was in corporate), the firm..."

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

"We get a very good salary. Taxis are provided along with a food allowance up to £25.00..."

"The assessment process consists of an online application form, which is followed..."

"I was asked about my work experience so far as well as some general commercial questions..."

"This could be massively improved."

"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..."

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

"The supportive working environment."

"The hours can be quite long."

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

"The only reason people do not get kept on is if there isn't space in a particular..."

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

"Friendly firm with an excellent quality of work."

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

"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"To be given a more formal training programme with frequent set events throughout..."

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