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Sidley Austin Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • good work life balance but depends (in 13 reviews)

  • Good pay, talented coworkers and great benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours are not negotiable, dedication and passion is required to stay as long as possible, family life is impeded (in 15 reviews)

  • Like any large law firm, very high hours requirements, not sustainable for most people in the long run (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly, helpful staff, good social events

    Cons

    Hard to get on cases of interest or find challenging work. Would like more women partners who can be mentors.


  2. "Practice Group Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Practice Group Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Practice Group Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working independently
    Friendly environment
    Collaborating with Services

    Cons

    Salary could be a much higher

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. "Project Assistant Review"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, dedicated and talented partners and value for pro bono

    Cons

    Paralegals are rewarded (promoted and given raises) if they indicate they want to be a career paralegal and project assistants who are working on going to law school or have other plans are not promoted and given minimum salary increases despite performance.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Communications in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, cafeteria and good management at C-level.

    Cons

    Perceived little career mobility. Requested former salary and undercompensated accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with staff more and invest in them...they make the firm run!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "BitterSweet"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff Friendly, Great Benefits, Flexibility

    Cons

    Department Mangers lack management skills, lateral attorneys self absorbed, partners unfriendly

    Advice to Management

    Promote more interaction between staff and attorneys. We are all here to bill, bill, bill. It's ok to let your hair down and be normal. Implement more diversity, listen to your staff members. Afterall, staff members help keep the attorneys on track.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits - OK management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation time, work hours were good

    Cons

    Poor communication with management. Limited mobility within certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your employees, challenge them, dont micromanage.


  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people and very interesting work

    Cons

    Not many formal training opportunities in some areas

  8. "Office Serv. Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Good location and good people to work with.

    Cons

    My position is very demanding.


  9. "Good pay, lack of flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, talented coworkers and great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility. Lots of red tape, but that is typical in this industry.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not gunna set the world on fire here"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, long-standing ride the highs and lows blue-chip law firm. Lots of PTO and great benefits package.

    Cons

    No much room for growth, managers that have no business managing people, not cutting edge at all and you're non-productive capital. A lot of stay-the-course sorta folks who just want safe and secure jobs that will never be superstars.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get some people with fresh ideas and a backbone.


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