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7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"A firm that works on some of the biggest deals in the market,..."
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...

"Submitting a CV and covering letter was followed by interviews with two partners...."

"The culture is friendly but not overly intrusive on people's need to get away from..."

"The focus is to learn through the work we do rather than on formal training. However,..."

"Both associates and partners are very approachable and helpful and provide useful..."

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

"Supervisors are generally very understanding about trainee needs and commitments...."

"I can't really complain."

"Our orientation takes place in New York."

"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..."

"There are recycling bins everywhere."

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

"It ranges from typical trainee tasks such as drafting to more interesting pieces..."

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

"Being part of a small office allows you to get to know everyone you work with. In..."

"The feeling that no matter how much you've improved, there are still a million miles..."

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

"Retention rates have been very good for as long as the programme has been going."

"The London office is the second biggest S&C office in the world, only behind New..."

"Collegiate atmosphere and exposure to exciting clients and work."

"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..."

"Greater control over where we spend our seat abroad when possible."

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