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Sidley Austin Reviews

Updated May 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, though that depends on department (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits for employees ok (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Long Hours / No Work/Life Balance (in 17 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. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    The best part are the people .

    Cons

    Not available to comment. I like everything here.


  2. "Great Place to Get Exposure to Law"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    A good amount of mentoring and attorneys are wonderful to work with. They give you lots of good work and are happy to explain things.

    Cons

    A lot of hours; Not the best work/life balance

  3. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Plush office space and view. Opportunity to make some collegial connections with fantastic paralegals and attorneys.

    Cons

    Live/work balance was off compared to the experience with PA office. Politics were sketchy and manager was extremely difficult to work under. Cutthroat environment from Partner belittling colleagues- setting poor precedent.

    Advice to Management

    Team building. Face to face interactions for ten minutes a day would be of help.


  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Bonuses require 2000 hour minimum billable hours


  5. "Associate (Palo Alto)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, small team, close-knit community, excellent growth opportunities, interesting deals, good client exposure and mentoring. I highly recommend it.

    Cons

    I can’t think of any! This office is growing rapidly. I really do not have anything else to add. I just hope that they will keep up the good work.


  6. "Sidley Professional Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance, generous vacation days, generous commuter benefit, Chicago office is modern, great location, beautiful fitness center on site, strong IT team

    Cons

    Firm needs to have formal remote work/work from home options for lawyers and professional staff. Currently, the culture is pretty antiquated, face time environment despite having all the technology needed to allow lawyers/staff to work remote successfully.

    Staff maternity leave is the federal minimum of 12 weeks, firm should consider 16 weeks. Male staff have no parental leave at all, zero - they have to use vacation if they have a child. The lawyers at the firm have very different generous parental leaves, the hug disparity is demotivating for professional staff.

    Advice to Management

    While staff don’t expect to match the lawyers leave benefits, the current parental leave offerings to staff need to be reexamined to remain competitive.


  7. "Great Benefits Deadly politics"

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    Former Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits even a pension if you can hang on three years. Work with some great people.

    Cons

    Office politics are the murkiest I have ever seen. Inconsistent and outdated procedures.

  8. "Finance"

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

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Great company with amazing benefits

    Cons

    Inability to work from home.


  9. "goods"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees ok

    Cons

    Not really any thing to say

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  10. "It’s OK. Typical big law firm."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, and decent PTO. Good work/life balance, though that depends on department.

    Cons

    The pay is barely market average, and it is hard to get an increase. The dress code for support staff that never see clients is too strict, even on Fridays.


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