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  • "The people are great and are very helpful to each other.(in 47 reviews)
  • "The benefits are great and the organization is well known in the law industry.(in 46 reviews)
  • "Great culture and sense of collegiality(in 29 reviews)
  • "Great pay and a lot of benefits(in 21 reviews)
  • "Good salary then but raises were halted.(in 15 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Company

    Jul 28, 2021 - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Very progressive law firm. Great place to work. Cares about employees. Have been great through pandemic. Hoping they decide on a hybrid work week when we return to the office.

    Cons

    Slightly micromanaged. Secretary titles should be modernized to Assistant titles. Very out of date title.

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Non-lawyers be careful

    Oct 11, 2020 - Staff in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Prestigious law firm, nice work facility, you'll learn and grow with some of the smartest people around.

    Cons

    Insurance is crap and pay raises aren't great. If you're not a lawyer, no one really cares about you since the lawyers are the firm's only and main revenue. That's understandable since it's a law firm and is in no way bashing the lawyers, but it leads to many staffers (non-lawyers) being treated poorly. Some lawyers are incredible, while many are straight up abusive. If they're a partner or rainmaker, it won't matter how they treat others. Firm has a mixed message on mental health and well being. One part promotes wellness, while still citing the message of "the work must get done." Staff are not paid anywhere close to what the lawyers make (which is understandable), but are expected to work and burn the same amount of hours. Staff are also blamed for the lawyers' problems, even if they had nothing to do with something. Many staffing departments have retention and turnover issues.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    INCREDIBLE TEAM ENVIRONMENT

    Dec 18, 2020 - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
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    Pros

    True team environment where hard work is appreciated and rewarded. The Management in the Dallas office creates a family environment within a top tier global law firm, where both lawyers and staff are set up for success.

    Cons

    I have only positive feedback, the work is challenging but that continually sharpens my knowledge base.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great Company

    Oct 1, 2020 - Summer Program Assistant in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    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

    Cons

    No cons for this company

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    The Sidley Difference

    Oct 16, 2019 - Administrative in Dallas, TX
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    Pros

    Sidley is hands down the best place I have ever worked and here are just a few of the reasons why… -interesting, challenging work with inspiring leadership -opportunities to grow, develop and thrive -strong focus on training at all levels -committed to supporting health and well-being of all -no exclusion between attorneys and staff, team environment -team collaboration and available resources to get job done - lots of fun, yes really in a law firm -creative office-wide events and events that involve families, too -people who really care about, support and encourage each other These are some of the things that make up the Sidley difference.

    Cons

    No doubt we work in a stressful, fast paced legal industry that some days require long hours, but Sidley is mindful of that and works hard to strike the right balance.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Sidley has a great sense of community

    Oct 23, 2019 - Research Manager in Dallas, TX
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    Pros

    There is a great sense of community, and when someone experiences an unexpected need, everyone pitches in to help. You feel connected to the people you work with, and it is clear that everyone is valued in the firm. It's just a great place to work.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons specific to Sidley - my con would apply to all law firms - thanks to technology, it never seems we can never truly step back from work, because we're always wired to the office.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Sidley manages to attract and keep top-notch talent who create a supportive, st

    Oct 24, 2019 - Partner in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Sidley manages to attract and keep top-notch talent and has a supportive, winning culture. The place has a fundamentally good heart and soul, and its lawyers and staff are consummate professionals.

    Cons

    Sidley is a very large law, elite law firm functioning at the highest levels of the legal profession. If applying to Sidley, you need to understand the demands and expectations this type of environment imposes.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Excellent Place to work

    Oct 22, 2019 - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    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

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work long hours or over the weekend, but that's the case with all law firms and most big corporations.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent Benefits

    Oct 16, 2019 - Staff Manager in Dallas, TX
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    Pros

    One of the most comprehensive benefits package in the industry Smaller offices such as Dallas are much more friendly Monthly staff lunches and events

    Cons

    Like all law firms, the pressure is high and deadlines are tight

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Environment to Work

    Oct 23, 2019 - Senior Project Manager in Dallas, TX
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    Pros

    Very flexible on working arrangements and time needed for family.

    Cons

    Lots of work, but for a Law Firm a that is always a good thing.

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