Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly and open."
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...

"Have a number of scenarios up your sleeve for each competency e.g. teamwork and leadership,..."

"There's a fairly noticeable hierarchy but this seems essential to law, with different..."

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

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

"Offices are very nice, and the best feature is a roof terrace. The dress code is..."

"These are varied and you will often find out on the day whether you will be staying..."

"Bonuses kick in at the associate level; overall pay is pretty good."

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

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

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

"Reducing its carbon footprint is very important to the firm."

"We have a diversity committee and a women's committee which meet to discuss potential..."

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

"Good level of client interaction, interesting work, ability to draft advice emails..."

"As a global firm, Sidley has an Africa/Asia pro bono programme, where we generally..."

"Good, interesting work. Intelligent, professional and kind people."

"The hours can be quite unpredictable."

"Most of my legal work experience was in the corporate departments of various law..."

"The retention rates at Sidley are good."

"Barak Obama met Michelle Obama when he was a summer associate in our Chicago off..."

"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."

"I would like the firm to make seat allocation a bit less of a lottery."