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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Excellent people."
6.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
6.2 / 10
9.2 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.7 / 10


  • The salary and bonuses are high and seen as being at a higher level of pay than most firms.
  • Trainees, associates and partners all work and socialise together so the office hierarchy is very flat.
  • Retention rates have historically been excellent and this means trainees can focus on their studies rather than competition.
  • Both formal and informal training is of a high quality with plenty of time being dedicated to trainees.


  • While hours are seen as fair, they can get very long if there’s a lot of work to do.
  • Some feel that there are fewer socialising opportunities than at other firms.
  • There could be more transparency regarding seat selection and reviews.
  • The firm is so large that it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

What insiders say about...

"Try to be interesting. S&C will only interview you if you already have the right..."

"The firm has a very supportive and cooperative culture during work hours. The small..."

"There's a session at least once every week for most weeks and there are training..."

"It depends on the senior lawyers in question but there are some real star mentors..."

"We are in a great location, fantastic facilities in the office. Business casual dress..."

"The hours vary day-to-day and week-to-week, as you would expect of any City law firm...."

"The pay and bonuses are very generous and up there with anything else in the City...."

"I think the gym benefits and seasonal travel ticket loan are great."

"Traditional CV and cover letter application. Two interviews with two partners, one..."

"The interviews tend to be quite informal at S&C and often feel more like a conversation..."

"There are countless signs posted all around the office about how we can reduce waste..."

"I have found S&C to be a very diverse place to work with a diversity committee that..."

"I'm considerably satisfied as there's very little on the menial side. Perhaps there's..."

"Pro bono in the London office had fallen by the wayside until last year when it was..."

"Most, if not all, of the people at this firm (from the partners to the support staff)..."

"It's quite a serious and work-driven office. There aren't as many bonding activities..."

"I was reluctant to apply at first. Because of the great reputation of the firm and..."

"The firm is clear that it intends to hire lawyers who it thinks have the potential..."

"The founding partner Mr Cromwell drank a pint of champagne a day."

"Excellent people."

"The firm does not have a type when recruiting candidates for the vacation schemes/training..."

"Stress is part of the nature of practice as a junior lawyer - there is almost never..."

"More transparency regarding how seats are selected, when mid-seat and end-of-seat..."

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