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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)
"Extremely friendly and filled with intelligent people to learn from."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
7.7 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.7 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
 
Hours
6.7 / 10
 
Salary
8.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"It was a simple process of sending in a covering letter and CV followed by interviews...."

"Everyone in the firm is incredibly friendly, there are regular unofficial and official..."

"The training programme has improved hugely since the firm hired a dedicated in-house..."

"I have found partners and senior associates to all be very inspiring and excellent..."

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

"The hours can be quite long sometimes, especially when you get caught up in a deal..."

"The pay here is top of the range."

"The firm has a number of excellent perks including: a subsidized canteen which serves..."

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

"I was given a short M&A case study to read, which I then discussed with one of the..."

"Paper bins are everywhere for shredding/recycling."

"I believe that the firm exceeds most diversity targets."

"My supervisors so far have generally been keen to get me involved in specified 'work..."

"There are many pro bono projects available and we are encouraged to get involved..."

"Quality of work. Direct contact with, and guidance from, very senior lawyers."

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

"The small size of the office and the trainee intake, as I didn't want to disappear..."

"The class of 2013 trainees are the first class and therefore we have no precedents..."

"Apparently Mr Cromwell, one of the founding partners of the firm, used to drink a..."

"Open, collegiate, high-calibre partners, unique cross-border exposure."

"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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