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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"A firm that works on some of the biggest deals in the market, but also has a great working culture and environment."
7.7 / 10
Formal Training
7.7 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
6.7 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
8.2 / 10


  • The salary and bonuses are high and seen as being at the level of high-paying US 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..."

"Everyone is very friendly and there is a real team mentality that runs through the..."

"As the training programme is quite new, it's quite easy to ask for training sessions..."

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

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

"In my experience, there is no 'face-time' policy in the office which is great."

"The pay is great!"

"We have a cake trolley that comes around twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday as..."

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

"We discussed current news items, how these are relevant to S&C and its clients and..."

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

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

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

"We are encouraged to get involved in firm-sponsored pro bono work."

"The London office is not absolutely huge so you get to know everyone, and it's super..."

"Some partners have less respect for a work/life balance than others."

"Enthusiasm of partners and recruitment staff at interview. Quality of work and client..."

"We are the second year of trainees so there are no retention rates as of yet, but..."

"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 coordination between associates in terms of assigning work to trainees to make..."

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