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Updated Jul 5, 2022

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4.1
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Pros
  • "The people are great and are very helpful to each other.(in 49 reviews)
  • "The benefits are great and the organization is well known in the law industry.(in 43 reviews)
  • "Great culture and sense of collegiality(in 30 reviews)
  • "The pay was great and I learned a lot of valuable skills which would prove beneficial in later positions.(in 24 reviews)
  • "competitive salary and working exposure(in 18 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Good firm

    Jul 5, 2022 - Records Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good firm with great benefits. Handled COVID well through Fall 2021.

    Cons

    They talk a lot about work/life balance but aren’t as successful in maintaining it as they should. Really pushed for return to office in fall 2021 even though there were multiple office infections.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Fantastic Place to Work

    Jun 27, 2022 - Partner in Miami, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great colleagues and exciting time to join a new office.

    Cons

    None--fantastic group of people and great culture.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Sidley is a wonderful place to work!

    Jun 27, 2022 - Partner in Miami, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good culture; challenging work; smart people; great leadership; outstanding staff

    Cons

    As far as Big Law goes, these is probably no place better than Sidley.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Very pleased

    Jun 27, 2022 - Partner 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very welcoming and collegial group. I'm very impressed with the strength of the firm and its talent.

    Cons

    It's a big place, so some of the bureaucracy moves a bit slowly.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Terrific place to work.

    Jun 27, 2022 - Knowledge Management Lead 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sidley is a terrific place to work. The people from top to bottom are smart and dedicated to client service.

    Cons

    We can't wear shorts. LOL. This is a great place to work.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Community culture, caring management, fast paced environment

    Jun 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Supportive management - Excellent benefits - Community culture first - Impressive client list - Lots of opportunity to network

    Cons

    - Outdated practices (especially between lawyer and admin relationships) - Obvious socioeconomic divide between admin staff/lawyers - Poor hybrid offerings after returning to office

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great culture and place to grow as a young lawyer

    Jun 12, 2022 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The culture of each office is different, but overall it’s a bunch of “nice geeks” who really care about each other. It’s actually a collegial culture.

    Cons

    Somewhat of a face time requirement.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great IT team

    May 31, 2022 - IT Security in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some of the best IT professionals I've worked with. They really care about quality.

    Cons

    Behind the times, technologically speaking.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Company

    May 23, 2022 - VTC Bridge Tech 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Small office compared to other parts of the region, but growing rapidly

    Cons

    No cons. Love the company

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great people

    Apr 15, 2022 - Lawyer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great colleagues. Smart and hard-working but all seeking their own work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing atypical for a large firm — Pressure from clients to deliver quality advice under challenging time/budget constraints.

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Sidley Austin Reviews FAQs

Sidley Austin has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 514 reviews left anonymously by employees. 83% of employees would recommend working at Sidley Austin to a friend and 89% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Sidley Austin employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Sidley Austin. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

83% of Sidley Austin employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Sidley Austin 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 3.9 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Sidley Austin to be culture, career development, benefits and the cons to be work life balance, management.

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