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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Interesting work and excellent colleagues."
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 very straightforward: one application, one verbal reasoning..."

"The culture is generally relaxed in terms of hierarchy, openness and general approach...."

"In my experience we tend to learn on-the-job with some formal training dotted throughout..."

"I receive regular feedback on my work from my supervisor and partner in charge. Both..."

"The office space is nice with good facilities. Our dress code is office casual with..."

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

"As a trainee the pay is great. My understanding about the bonus scheme is that it..."

"We have access to a free gym."

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

"There were questions about my CV/application and general conversation questions."

"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."

"I have had quite good client interaction although that is probably unusual. On the..."

"BPP mentoring programme. The firm does run a few other pro bono initiatives and takes..."

"Good responsibility early on; support from great associates"

"The hours are unpredictable, which makes it hard to plan things in the evenings and..."

"The friendly atmosphere, good retention rates, and quality of the work."

"The rates have historically been very good, though there was a slight drop last year,..."

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"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"Further and consolidated training on firm-specific software in advance of starting..."

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