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  • "The people are great and are very helpful to each other.(in 60 reviews)
  • "The benefits are great and the organization is well known in the law industry.(in 50 reviews)
  • "Great culture and sense of collegiality(in 33 reviews)
  • "Great pay and a lot of benefits(in 23 reviews)
  • "Caliber of clients and colleagues are great.(in 20 reviews)
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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Nice people

    Feb 18, 2021 - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good pay, variety of work

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance

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  2. 3.0
    Former Freelancer

    Good staring job

    Feb 22, 2021 - Attorney in Singapore
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly Enriching Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Silo structure, Team centric not firm growth

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Above and beyond other law firms

    Aug 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Still a very traditional law firm.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee

    OK place

    Feb 18, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Great time off benefits - Good work/life balance - Cafeteria - Location

    Cons

    - Stressful work environment - No career advancement - Relatively low pay for staff employees

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 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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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Bearable for Biglaw

    May 24, 2010 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    As Biglaw goes, Sidley is a somewhat more humane place to work than other firms, which admittedly isn't saying much. The people tend to all be polite -- no one who is outright aggressive, but the flipside is a lot of passive aggression. Sidley is generally respectful of taking vacation time and weekends, although this varies by practice group.

    Cons

    It's Biglaw -- the hours suck and you have little control over your work schedule and work/life balance is difficult to achieve. This is true for any big law firm though.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome place to be!

    Nov 15, 2016 - Database and Systems Administrator Litigation in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Meaningful work with substance. Your work has a direct impact on the firm. - I.T. teams and Development team work well together. - The firm does a great job of keeping technology current. - There is a lot of opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge within the firm. - Company pension - Vacation Time - On-Site Gym - On-Site cafe is awesome - Very competitive pay / bonus structure - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - No 401k matching. Sidley makes up for this with a great pension plan. This is the only con I could think of. I enjoyed my time at Sidley. The team functions like a well oiled machine and above all else management has a genuine interest in your morality at the firm. If you are afforded the opportunity to join the firm, I highly recommend it.

    14 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Sr Proj Mgr

    Feb 26, 2020 - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good Work and Life balance

    Cons

    Changes take a long time to implement

    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good office, great work

    Mar 14, 2022 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lovely office and lots of really nice people

    Cons

    Work life balance is not great

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  11. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great Place to Get Exposure to Law

    May 4, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A good amount of mentoring and attorneys are wonderful to work with. They give you lots of good work and are happy to explain things.

    Cons

    A lot of hours; Not the best work/life balance

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