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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Get the inside view from graduates at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Attention to detail is crucial."
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...

"The application consists of a CV and cover letter to the HR team. This is followed..."

"It's a bonus having a lunchroom – it's nice to be able to go and chat to people..."

"There are a number of training programmes and practice-specific lunches where updates..."

"I feel as if I could talk to anyone if there was a problem."

"The facilities and location are quite good and you are guaranteed your own office..."

"In comparison with other firms, it is much better. There is truly no 'face-time'...."

"Pay is good, as are bonuses. There is no firm which pays better in London."

"Our orientation takes place in New York."

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

"The interviews tend to be quite informal at S&C and often feel more like a conversation..."

"There could be further efforts in this area."

"Slightly under average in terms of female representation."

"I'm generally very satisfied with the quality of work I am assigned. I particularly..."

"This tends to come up on a matter by matter basis and you get involved having expressed..."

"The people. Both the lawyers and the support staff make the firm a fantastic place..."

"Long hours."

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

"These are the best I have seen so far. Sullivan & Cromwell invests in its trainees..."

"Amal Clooney and Ronald Dworkin used to work for the firm."

"Meritocratic, challenging, supportive, committed to client service."

"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 comprehensive feedback."

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