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7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Challenging, supportive and involved in the biggest deals despite..."
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 interview process is as much about getting to know you as it is about you impressing..."

"S&C is a very friendly and welcoming environment. At social events and every day..."

"The training tends to be done on a more ad hoc basis than at some more established..."

"Associates and partners are very approachable. The onus is on the trainees to seek..."

"Our office is in a great location (just outside of the City so you avoid the lunch..."

"There are long hours, but this is no different to any other corporate focused firm...."

"Sullivan & Cromwell offers market-leading pay."

"The welcome week in New York for our induction was great and we get ticket draws..."

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

"I was asked several commercial awareness type questions during my interview."

"There are signs up everywhere about our environmental policies and my understanding..."

"I have never sensed any discrimination in the firm. Longer maternity and paternity..."

"I'm generally very satisfied with the quality of work I am assigned. I particularly..."

"We are very committed to pro bono but the size of the office does limit what we can..."

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

"Sometimes the hours can be pretty tough, but that comes with being a trainee at any..."

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

"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..."

"Meritocratic, challenging, supportive, committed to client service."

"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..."

"I'd like to see more transparency and to be informed sooner about seat changes."

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