Sidley Austin Employee Reviews about "law firm"
74% would recommend to a friend
(19 total reviews)
Michael Schmidtberger and Yvette Ostolaza
89% approve of CEO
Found 19 of over 630 reviews
Updated Dec 4, 2023
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- "Hours are long and persistent." (in 44 reviews)
- "No work life balance." (in 14 reviews)
- "Unfortunately, problem resolution stops at the secretarial management level, where if you reach out to them for support, they are not equipped with conflict resolution." (in 14 reviews)
- "Many long hours at the office" (in 9 reviews)
- "Depending on your direct manager, it can be a supportive environment with great resources." (in 4 reviews)
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- 4.0Feb 16, 2017AssociateCurrent Employee
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.
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.4
- 5.0Aug 26, 2019ParalegalCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsDallas, TX
Very diverse; most women in any law firm I've ever worked in; solidly attuned to needs of it's staff; gives back to the community
long work hours; and somewhat stressful, but it's the life you choose working in a big law firm. I still love it
- 5.0Oct 22, 2019Administrative AssistantCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsChicago, IL
Amazing benefits Very generous with time off I've made life long friends in my colleagues here I feel my managers genuinely care about me
Sometimes have to work long hours or over the weekend, but that's the case with all law firms and most big corporations.
- 4.0Jun 11, 2011Client Billing AnalystCurrent EmployeeChicago, IL
Great pay for work being performed Great hours (35 hours/week), very little overtime required Smart managers and senior management Firm has a great reputation
Working as a non-attorney in a law firm greatly limits growth opportunities and skills development Limited professional growth1
- 4.0Aug 24, 2022Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
I've worked at two other top tier law firms and Sidley is the first that has valued work/life balance. My entire team logs off at 5pm and no one bats an eye.
Still a very traditional law firm.
- 5.0Jan 26, 2013Attorney, 3rd-YearFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsWashington, DC
Work load was not overwhelming. Colleagues were friendly and helpful. About as family friendly as a big law firm can be.
Like most big law firms, hours requirement mandates a long day on a regular basis and some weekend work.1
- 5.0Jan 6, 2021Lawyer/SolicitorCurrent EmployeeLondon, England
Highest quality training and development among law firms in the UK and US. Excellent benefit and support for its lawyers. Very exceptional colleagues to learn from.
Long hours and high pressure work.
- 5.0Oct 1, 2020Summer Program AssistantFormer Intern, less than 1 yearChicago, IL
Very diverse law firm and are committed to inclusion. Very friendly atmosphere. A team environment and everyone is open to helping and giving opportunities for you to learn new things
No cons for this company