Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, collaborative and hard-working."
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...

"I would thoroughly recommend keeping on top of the news and having a high-level understanding..."

"The working hierarchy is strict but cooperation and teamwork are very good. People..."

"The firm does offer training courses throughout the training contract, which are..."

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

"The offices are more comfortable and less flashy than you might expect, which I think..."

"Working late is expected and there is no flexible hours culture. However there is..."

"The salary for the trainees is excellent compared to other firms I applied to."

"Perks include: taxis and dinner home after 9:00pm, yearly gym contribution, non-contributory..."

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

"Why law and why Sidley?"

"This could be massively improved."

"The firm is very committed to diversity and equality in the workplace."

"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...."

"We do as much pro bono work as you would expect from any City firm. They have taken..."

"Very friendly atmosphere with an open-door policy. Really good supervision and access..."

"Volatile working hours."

"Small trainee intake and high quality international work."

"Sidley has very high retention rates in general."

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

"Collegiate, friendly, conservative."

"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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