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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)
"Attention to detail is crucial."
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...

"The application process consists of a CV and a cover letter and then an interview...."

"The firm has a laid-back culture. There is a business casual dress code and everyone..."

"The training sessions have been more ad hoc, rather than having a formal outline..."

"It varies from supervisor to supervisor. Most are extremely engaged and invested..."

"Trainees share with a partner or other trainees in large, double offices. Associates..."

"As long as you arrive by about 9.45 am each day, you should be alright (depending..."

"Good pay and bonuses."

"Offers for free tickets to things come around from time to time – if it's something..."

"The interview process initially involved submitting a cover letter and CV. The interview..."

"I was asked about the subjects I studied at university and why. I also recall that..."

"There are recycling bins everywhere."

"The firm seems very committed to diversity with a strong female, ethnic minority..."

"My work varies from traditional trainee tasks (drafting board minutes and reviewing..."

"The London office does a large amount of pro bono work with schools in the London..."

"The money and the quality of work."

"The unpredictability of the hours making it harder to make social plans (although..."

"I chose Sullivan & Cromwell LLP because of the high quality work on offer and the..."

"Our first NQs will be starting in September so we do not have a retention rate. However,..."

"The trainees get a weeklong trip to New York as part of the induction to see the..."

"Incredibly friendly environment to work in."

"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..."

"Bring back cookie sandwiches."

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