Sidley Austin Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2020

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4.5
90%
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Sidley Austin CEO Michael Schmidtberger  (no image)
Michael Schmidtberger
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, wonderful working environment(in 18 reviews)

  • "That creates a very woman-friendly and family-friendly atmosphere and very good work-life balance(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes heavy work load and long hours(in 31 reviews)

  • "Lots of work, but for a Law Firm a that is always a good thing(in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Supportive Environment and Appreciate Attorneys

    Cons

    Sometimes heavy work load and long hours

  2. "Probably the same as any other big firm"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Salary is market; prestigious name

    Cons

    A ton of work; all or nothing bonus structure; no visibility into partnership contention


  3. "Paralegal Review"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to legal world and skills improvement

    Cons

    No potential for growth for non-attorneys

  4. "Great Firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    High Compensation, Smart People, Collegial Culture

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours, minimum hour requirement

  5. "Overall Good Place to Work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    -Great people -Competitive Salary for Big Firms

    Cons

    -very long hours -Very demanding work

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very nice and diverse workplace"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, comfortable workplace and very nice team to work with always ready to work as a team. Shout out to Ken for making Sidley a welcoming place to new comer and sharing his wealth of experience and exceptional customer service skills

    Cons

    No upward mobility

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Group specific culture and experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Firm has been very financially successful in the past years

    Cons

    The experience will be very group specific in transactional groups, some groups are terrible and some are much better

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Proj Mgr"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Good Work and Life balance

    Cons

    Changes take a long time to implement

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place I have ever worked"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation on par with other employers in the field, significant resources allocated to cafeteria, renovations and holiday party

    Cons

    Poor communication between project assistants and supervisors, hostile work environment, unpredictable working hours, human resources not a reliable resource, numerous employees express wanting to quit openly, complete disregard for employees' wellbeing

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sidley Associate"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and good office location.

    Cons

    Very cheap when it comes to events and general associate (social) development.

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