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Sidley Austin Reviews

Updated February 4, 2019
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  • "Long Hours / No Work/Life Balance" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Like any large law firm, very high hours requirements, not sustainable for most people in the long run" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Staff"

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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

    This is a company that cares about its staff. They try to ensure that there is proper training and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    There is some slack in keeping managers accountable.


  2. "Great Place To Work With"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    24 paid days holidays
    Great team

    Cons

    The environment so slow for me
    Not use a new technology

  3. "Good firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work for top clients

    Cons

    Work flow can be unpredictable - general biglaw cons


  4. "Stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, perks, bonuses, combined leave

    Cons

    Stressful, inconsiderate of your time, last minute work, inconsistent work loads


  5. "There are pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    High pay. Most people are nice. Interesting matters.

    Cons

    High hours. Unpredictable. Management of workflow needs improvement.


  6. "Great benefits and perks, but I just don't fit in."

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    Current Employee - HRIS Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - HRIS Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, lots of PTO, on sight free gym, etc. Lots of resources and support staff

    Cons

    Lots of redundancy and formal procedure. Compartmentalization of positions
    Expect work to trump home


  7. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Working with a very committed and talented group of individuals.

    Cons

    Your typical big law firm issues:
    - long hours, little pay
    -very hierarchical
    -lack of respect to staff
    -tough billable goals

  8. "Legal Secretary Trainee/Special Assignment Secretary/Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Great firm. They really take care of their employees. Offering amazing benefits and always fun extra events here and there. Everyone is very friendly!

    Cons

    Departments are somewhat very segregated


  9. "Billing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great for all hourly and salary positions

    Cons

    Negative department environment and no availability to work from home (for staff)


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good people but understaffed. Administration is not addressing cause of high turnover among younger employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people. Staff works hard and takes pride in good service. really good benefits. The kind of stuff you don’t appreciate when you are young, but is appreciated more as you get older.

    Cons

    Not enough attention paid to hiring and retaining new people and younger staff. Younger people want a positive environment and have the freedom to go elsewhere if they aren’t happy.

    Advice to Management

    With a staff that’s aging out, things have to change to attract and keep smart people with the kind of energy that’s needed in today’s office. If not, there’s no continuity and the firm will suffer in the long run.