Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Relatively small with good opportunities."
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...

"The application process was fairly easy. I filled out an online application that..."

"There's very much an open-door policy. In the kitchens and corridors, anyone from..."

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

"Everyone I have worked with has been a fairly good mentor. If you ask for feedback..."

"Location is good and the dress code is city smart but not suits. The office has a..."

"The firm is definitely flexible about hours (though this depends on the people you're..."

"The starting salary is competitive."

"Taxis and dinner when working late on client matters."

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

"Why law and why Sidley?"

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

"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."

"For the most part there are plenty of opportunities for client contact. The low ratio..."

"Pro bono is encouraged officially but, in my experience so far, little has come along..."

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

"There should be more information in advance of your first seat. It can be hard to..."

"It's an exceptional-quality firm with top work, top people and top opportunities...."

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

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

"Powerhouse with talented people."

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

"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"As the market recovers, it would be good to see the firm employing a select few paralegals..."

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