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Sidley Austin Washington DC Reviews

Updated February 7, 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. "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have met a lot of great people working here.

    Cons

    Not all employees are treated equally.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally and honestly.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great firm, poor management....."

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm to work with, benefits are good and co-workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Working with the current secretarial management team is the pits. Very unprofessional and petty. Once they get their claws in you, that's it they will not let up. Attorney's aren't the ones complaining, it's management.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs more training on professionalism.


  6. "professional"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Services in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    wonderful experience ... great staff to work with

    Cons

    working with a contract did not allow me to apply for full time positions

    Advice to Management

    consider hiring contract employees


  7. "Not permanent but a comfortable first job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice building, smart people to work with, good to have Sidley on resume

    Cons

    no telecommuting, long hours, very little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Let Legal Assistants telecommute more often, it will make them feel like part of the team


  8. "High-stress, high-anxiety working environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn and get your feet wet as an attorney. Training opportunities are great.

    Cons

    Bonuses don't include massive practice development hours requirements. Will reassure you that hours are not that important first and second years, but it's the only thing focused on in reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Start recognizing the practice development that all regulatory associates are required to do.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sidley Austin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance respected
    If you ask for training or other non financial benefits they are usually give

    Cons

    If you aren't a staff manager you don't have a voice unless your manager will advocate for you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Above expectations"

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sidley Austin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work load was not overwhelming. Colleagues were friendly and helpful. About as family friendly as a big law firm can be.

    Cons

    Like most big law firms, hours requirement mandates a long day on a regular basis and some weekend work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work if you don't have a life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location and decent commute; plenty of opportunity to earn extra money due to overtime; nicest people were legal assistants and secretaries.

    Cons

    Pressure cooker, stressful work environment; obnoxious, rude, pompous attorneys who don't appreciate staff; caste system very much in place between attorneys and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Much improvement needed; however, things will never change here, as nonsense continues to go on that occurred long ago. Anger management and behavioral classes would benefit attorneys.



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