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26 August 2019

What is health insurance like at Sidley Austin?

Pros

(Review is focused on the Dallas office) This is one of the only offices in all of BigLaw that has a majority of women attorneys, including a majority of partners. That creates a very woman-friendly and family-friendly atmosphere and very good work-life balance. This is one of the most collegial atmospheres of anywhere I have ever worked. People are genuinely friends and socialize outside of work. Attorneys (including juniors) take vacations frequently and most people come in late or go home early or work from home as their schedule permits. The partners are all approachable and respectful (you're not going to find a partner screaming and berating a junior for making a mistake). All of this without sacrificing quality of work, which is top notch. Nine- and ten- figure deals/litigation is the norm, not the exception. Compensation is market and bonus targets are transparent. Exit opportunities are as good as it gets, and management is very supportive and helpful in placing people in house. Support staff are very respected and well taken care of. If you're okay with the rigors of Big Law, this is a great place to do it.

Cons

It is a Big Law firm, so hours are long and expectations are high. Late nights and weekend work are common, as expected. There are also big differences between practice group cultures (and definitely between offices). Some groups require more face time or have a higher stress atmosphere than others. Benefits are mediocre, especially the cost of health insurance and lack of 401k matching.

Advice to Management

In the Dallas office, work on the culture of the litigation group. They are losing valuable talent at an alarming rate. The other groups bill at the same level but have a more laid-back and social culture, and with the amazing lit partners we have, there's no reason lit can't be the same. Firmwide, the commitment to diversity could be better. Management always seems to take the approach of "we're better than other firms, so we are fine." We still have a lot of work to do, even if we're ahead of our peers. Affinity group programming and mentorship is rare, at least in Dallas. It's great that we approach diversity organically, but formal programs can still be very beneficial. We're doing a good job of recruiting diverse first-year attorneys, but we need to make sure we can keep them once they're here.

Benefits are mediocre, especially the cost of health insurance and lack of 401k matching.

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26 August 2019

Does Sidley Austin have a pension plan?

Pros

Friendly people across the board. Customer service excellence is not only taught but noticeable when interacting with all staff and attorneys. The company genuinely cares about seeing that all employees are trained properly not only with job specific skills but wellness education to help manage stress in and out of the workplace. Excellent benefits, retirement planning and pension plan.

Cons

None come to mind. Even if stressful situations arise as they often do in a law firm environment. Everyone seems to take it in stride, put their energy into a amicable resolution and move on to the next task.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work, you our the reason we are a very successful firm. It's the complete management package that allows us to excel.

Excellent benefits, retirement planning and pension plan.

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8 August 2018

Does Sidley Austin offer parental leave?

Pros

Opportunities for professional development, the department is well staffed so there are always good resources. Promotions happen if you are working hard and deserve it. People who say otherwise likely aren't performing well. There is generous vacation time and standard benefits. The lawyers I support are nicer and more respectful than I would have guessed. As a woman I've never felt intimidated or undervalued for being so. Definitely a safe a respectful work environment. Work life balance is surprisingly good. In at 920am and I'm the first one here. Only have to stay late on occasion.

Cons

The firm boasts collegiality - it is like a buzz word and I heard it 3+ times during my interview, yet it couldn't be further from the truth. The department likes to send you in circles when you need something, no one wants to do their own job, and there are zero staff appreciation parties, events or anything. As mentioned in other posts, lawyer benefits are great but staff are lacking - maternity leave is minimal for such a prestigious firm that can certainly afford it. Would also be excellent to have work from home opportunities. The culture is very against that.

Advice to Management

Grow with the times but overall I am pretty happy.

maternity leave is minimal for such a prestigious firm that can certainly afford it.

8 August 2018

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27 August 2019

Does Sidley Austin offer a wellness program?

Pros

Amazing benefit package Very diverse Great wellness program Fun Committee with lots of fun interactive opportunities for staff

Cons

There are not many job openings because people stay forever.

Great wellness program

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14 October 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Sidley Austin?

Pros

Sidley focuses on career development of its lawyers - offering a great platform, great training programs and lots of opportunity for career advancement.

Cons

Lots of work and lots of responsibility

Sidley focuses on career development of its lawyers

14 October 2019

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