Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sidley Austin LLP

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Enjoyable working environment."
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...

"Know your CV and your application inside out. Identify any weaknesses and be prepared..."

"This is a very friendly office with a good level of social events. Different groups..."

"Very thorough and frequent training programmes are delivered."

"The mentoring and informal training at Sidley is excellent. All supervisors take..."

"The firm operates a fairly relaxed dress code unless you are attending a client meeting...."

"You will have to work long hours when required but there is no 'face-time' culture...."

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

"Last minute free tickets to see the England v Brazil football match has been the..."

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

"I just applied directly for a training contract, so my interview focused on me as..."

"I haven't heard much about the firm's efforts in this area."

"They actively try to recruit in a diverse manner and there is an active women's committee...."

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

"As a trainee, I have been tasked with drafting various documents, including employments..."

"Some pro bono goes on but there are no hours targets or anything. We are encouraged..."

"The supportive working environment."

"Lack of women in senior positions."

"I liked the fact that this is a well established London office for a US firm, had..."

"I think the rates are generally pretty good; the firm does try to find somewhere..."

"Michelle and Barack Obama met when they worked at the Chicago office."

"Friendly, open, challenging."

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

"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"Regular one-to-one sessions with a supervisor to get feedback."

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