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Sidley Austin LLP

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9.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"Supportive, open-minded and expanding."
9.8 / 10
Formal Training
8.7 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.0 / 10
7.2 / 10
9.7 / 10
8.5 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • The firm has a genuine open-door policy and colleagues are approachable at all levels.
  • The work offered to trainees is considered to be interesting and of a high level.
  • The small trainee intake means that more focus can be given to each trainee and retention rates are good.
  • The salary is seen as being very good and competitive.


  • The international nature of the firm's work means that hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Some feel that there could be more training.
  • The firm sometimes contacts trainees during weekends and holidays.
  • Hours in some departments can be long and unpredictable.

What insiders say about...

"There was a written application, a psychometric test and then one interview with..."

"The working environment at Sidley is very collegiate and the people are genuinely..."

"The training programme is good. We have a very structured programme which includes..."

"My supervisor is very nice and a good mentor, but I don't see much evidence of a..."

"The dress code is smart casual and we have dress-down days on Fridays. We are relocating..."

"It varies from team to team but the firm is generally very flexible and there is..."

"Bonuses kick in at the associate level; overall pay is pretty good."

"We get a well-being allowance that's been really helpful."

"One hour interview with two partners. General questions about my application and..."

"I was asked questions based on my application form as well as my interests and hobbies..."

"Excellent. The firm is aiming to become fully paperless so we have removed cover..."

"The firm is committed to diversity and being inclusive."

"It doesn't appear to be easy to make partner at Sidley."

"Client interaction varies: I had quite a lot in my first seat but less in my present..."

"We're getting better at this. Trainees are expected to get involved with disability..."

"There's excellent remuneration and benefits as well as very interesting work and..."

"Due to the international nature of the hours can be unpredictable - you do not know..."

"Sidley's international reputation, the quality of the client base and the size of..."

"Sidley has very high retention rates in general."

"We have a ping pong table and a customised 'Sidley' foosball table."

"Friendly, approachable yet with a professional atmosphere."

"The firm helps with mentoring projects in schools located in less privileged areas,..."

"Challenging and stressful but enjoyable work."

"Provide more information up front about the nature of work in different departments...."

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