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Sidley Austin LLP

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Get the insider view from graduates at Sidley Austin

9.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"Enjoyable working environment."
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...

"My interview tips are to be yourself! And think about what makes you stand out from..."

"There's a good level of socialising (I have strong ties with my cohort), a lovely..."

"We get trained by various people across the firm on a regular basis. The programme..."

"Everyone is very approachable and the partners are willing to answer questions you..."

"The offices are nice enough and the meeting rooms are lovely. There's no canteen..."

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

"Very good salary."

"Free tickets, free dinners, monthly payments for phones and a health allowance."

"The assessment process consists of an online application form, which is followed..."

"There were questions about my CV/application and general conversation questions."

"There are paper recycling bins and recycling facilities in the kitchen but there..."

"The firm is definitely making progress on diversity and has a few programmes that..."

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

"Good level of responsibility from the get go. In my particular seat not too much..."

"As a global firm, Sidley has an Africa/Asia pro bono programme, where we generally..."

"The interesting work and supportive atmosphere. The people are good, friendly and..."

"Top heavy structure means that perhaps there are not enough opportunities to do substantive..."

"I wanted a small trainee intake but at a global and high-quality firm. I also wanted..."

"The firm has great retention rates. It seems to be that, if you want to stay, you..."

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"Enjoyable working environment."

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

"Depending on the department, the stress levels can be quite high at times."

"I would like the firm to introduce more pro bono opportunities so that trainees can..."

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