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Sidley Austin

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Sidley Austin

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Company

    May 23, 2022 - VTC Bridge Tech 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Small office compared to other parts of the region, but growing rapidly

    Cons

    No cons. Love the company

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Good firm

    Jul 5, 2022 - Records Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good firm with great benefits. Handled COVID well through Fall 2021.

    Cons

    They talk a lot about work/life balance but aren’t as successful in maintaining it as they should. Really pushed for return to office in fall 2021 even though there were multiple office infections.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Seek Employment Elsewhere

    May 27, 2022 - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Sidley continuously offered employees (both FTE & contract) free food in the cafeteria (Chicago, IL) - Snacks & beverages were continuously made available (again, for free) on almost every office floor in the building (Chicago, IL) - Office spaces were kept impeccably clean - Tons of support from managers and colleagues - Diversity can be seen & efforts are noticed - Unbelievably beautiful office & location (Chicago, IL) - Internal promotion seems to be extremely common for FTE who perform well

    Cons

    - Micromanagement is rampant - At the end of the day, there's a lot of self-inflated egos - Mediocre work is highly praised - Return to Work policy was strictly enforced while still in a pandemic (& when the job could easily be done from home) - Very slow-moving projects; lots of personal down-time which will be blamed on the employee - Unequal treatment of contracted employees vs. FTEs is *very* apparent - IT (and management) tracks your mouse movement (but they're transparent about this) - A lot of conversation with colleagues is, at best, very awkward small talk - The only FTEs allowed to continue working from home are firm lawyers

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