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Sidley Austin Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Laid-back atmosphere, good work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • The lawfirm provides good benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • crazy work load, very long hours, etc (in 14 reviews)

  • The hours are long but that is pretty much standard for a large law firm (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review from current associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Extraordinarily collegial atmosphere; associates have quite a bit of flexibility and control over their schedule and work assignments, in part due to "free market" system of allocating work. If you want to work at a big law firm, this is a great one to choose.

    Cons

    Like any large law firm, very high hours requirements, not sustainable for most people in the long run. No matching 401k. "Unlimited" vacation, but uninterrupted vacation is hardly ever possible.


  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer Training and Development Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lawyer Training and Development Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Cooperative team environment. Management listens to employees.
    -Friendly lawyers and staff.
    -Fluid communication between departments.
    -Business casual dress code.
    -Excellent opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    -Very intense workload. That was a pro for me but could be a con for others.


  3. "Best work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    One of the friendliest work environments I've ever experienced

    Cons

    Really long and demanding work hours


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Work/Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    zero pros for this place

    Cons

    this place is one of the worst places to work if you need to adjust hours or if you have children. they refuse to work with people and the management is rude

    Advice to Management

    working with people and giving them a work/life balance and some freedom at work makes for a much happier work environment


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent rapport with co-workers and all departments to facilitate getting tasks completed on a timely manner.

    Cons

    There wasnt much overtime available.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your support staff we really appreciate the fact that you care about us.


  7. "Shiny outside, Dull inside"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, training, salary, cafe, and gym.

    Cons

    Using the word collegiate is overrated. Not many internal promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Staff need mentors. Promote more internal employees.


  8. "Legal secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people and good company to work for.

    Cons

    Clocking in and out for your time sheets


  9. "Equal Pros and Cons"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and overtime pay, great benefits, individual offices, and access to a large network of successful company alumni.

    Cons

    Very long hours, seemingly endless expectation for productivity to an unrealistic degree, definitely an elitist atmosphere.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Paralegal"

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

    Pros

    The lawfirm provides good benefits.

    Cons

    Very unrealistic expectations for productivity. Management is out of touch with actual requirements of job and continuously and constantly pushes for more production which is understandable when the ultimate goal is the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Cracking the whip, upping the pressure and pushing for continuous overtime is not the best approach to maintaining or attracting productive employees and having a good work environment.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm to gain broad experience in several practice areas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time

    Pros

    Top tier clients, stellar attorneys

    Cons

    Preferential treatment of some employees, unrealistic work load expectations for some desks while other desks had light work loads



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