Sidley Austin Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is generally better than what I have heard from other firms (in 6 reviews)

  • I find it more relaxed than some other large law firms (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • I can't think of a single con of working for this law firm -- it's a pleasure to work here and I'm very fortunate to have landed here (in 7 reviews)

  • no telecommuting, long hours, very little room for growth (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous PTO, great staff, attorneys are best in class,complementary gym with towel service, on site subsidized cafe with delicious food and great service

    Cons

    No room for career growth, it would be nice to have the ability to work from home or a summer hours program

    Advice to Management

    Foster an environment that promotes true growth and development. Invest in your employees (training, mentoring, development plan) that want to succeed and move up the corporate ladder.

  2. Great firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, people and reputation

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  3. Great work, very demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting legal work
    Great perks
    Intelligent, skilled partners
    Courteous culture

    Cons

    Grueling work hours
    Partners who see associates as bottom lines rather than individuals

    Advice to Management

    Retaining women associates will continue to be a losing battle until family-friendly practices (and not just policies) are extended to mothers returning to work. For that matter, men associates would be better served and more likely to stay if they could spend time with their families.

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  5. Good firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This firm is very family oriented

    Cons

    Nothing was negative about this firm

    Advice to Management

    Nothing was negative about this

  6. New York Office is comprised of insipid Morons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Senior level assignments
    Interesting legal work
    Great perks
    Intelligent, skilled partners
    Courteous culture

    Cons

    Grueling, long work hours without repreive, Partners see associates as bottom liners and not much more than the support staff, Management will deceive you into thinking you are on the partner track and then give you the boot with little to no transitioning.

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. This is an excellent company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sidley Austin part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    They should keep doing what they have been doing.

  8. A Great Place To Work!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sidley Austin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sidley Austin is a great place to work. I have been with the firm for over 10 years, and have had nothing but positive experiences. Everyone, including attorneys and staff members, are respectful and easy to work with. Sidley supports the growth and development of its employees and offers the opportunity to advance their skills with tuition reimbursement, etc. The pay and benefits are great, as well!

    Cons

    Sidley tends to be a little behind with respect to technology.

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Great place to practice law.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sidley Austin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great clients and internal resources.

    Cons

    Any cons are common to all big law firms.

  10. OK place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great time off benefits
    - Good work/life balance
    - Cafeteria
    - Location

    Cons

    - Stressful work environment
    - No career advancement
    - Relatively low pay for staff employees

    Advice to Management

    If you're not an attorney, it's really hard to matter here. Also, it would be great if we could have better technology around, and if the dress code was relaxed a bit. The firm really pushes for a good work/life balance, which is a definite plus.

  11. Accounting Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sidley Austin

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. High performing. Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Wish I could work more hours

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