Baker Botts

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Baker Botts Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
27 Reviews
3.7
27 Reviews
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Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew M. Baker
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  1.  

    Great learning opportunity and great mentors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Botts as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of networking connections available

    Cons

    Felt underutilized at times in my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication between lawyers and staff could improve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good big law firm. A good starting place for young associates.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time

    Pros

    Tons of work to do. Long hours. Occasionally emergency projects over weekends. These actually are a good thing for a young starting associate. Ethical. A bit dull (which can be good too).

    Cons

    They tend to pigeon hole (type set) you, even you can show that you excel in the area other than the one are you assigned to. And it seems that they only trust Texans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good and bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people; lots of responsibility & client contact early on

    Cons

    Management - it's all about the profits. Lip service paid to many things. Being a lawyer is no longer treated as a profession. Ridiculous hours are very detrimental to your physical health.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Alright

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    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Baker Botts

    Pros

    Cool reputation. Respectable firm. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Folks are stuffy. Lot of attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get less stuffy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Leading Lawyers, Stressed Staff

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Baker Botts

    Pros

    Well-known company and very high standards. Promotion of the Firm and its attorneys and their accomplishments is unprecedented. Incredible exposure to the legal field. Training program is wonderful.

    Cons

    In the past ten years, the focus on treating the staff as well as the attorneys has definitely declined. There used to be a huge company picnic every summer that was loads of fun for families and their children. The staff were given surprise treats throughout the years; you'd come in to work and find a CD case with a certificate for a free CD in your inbox, or a huge bar of chocolate that said something like "We appreciate you". Everything seems to be focused on the attorneys and clients now. There is the Prom, a formal party event for the attorneys and their spouses, and private concerts by people like Lyle Lovett for the client appreciation party. The attorney/secretary ratio has gone through the roof. Used to be two, maybe three attorneys to every secretary. Now the usual is five, some even are responsible for six or seven assignments. New accounting systems have secretaries doing more of the billing responsibilities with fewer resources such as floater secretaries or word processors to assist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What ever happened to the attitude that the staff is important too? Working very long hours and getting minimal, if any, appreciation from the lawyers is distressing. After closing a major deal that had numerous members of the staff here several overnights in a row, the lead lawyer on the deal said that the overtime compensation was all that was required as appreciation. That doesn't leave one with the feeling that they want to give 110% all the time.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The money's nice, but could be better for the workload.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Baker Botts

    Pros

    The money, the money the money. The prestige is nice too.

    Cons

    No bonuses unless 2000 hours billed, why not allow alternate structures? Other big firms in other cities pay more for less hours, i.e., 1900 or 1850.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either lower the billable hour requirement for bonuses, or allow credit of some portion of recruiting, client development, CLE, firm administration time etc...

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    US Centric Texan Law Firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salaries, salary levels for both support staff and fee-earners is competitive in the market.
    Client base, the client base and cases that the fee-earners deal with is very compelling and attractive to any fee-earner in the particular fields of expertise.

    Cons

    The management in London. One particular member of staff was particularly difficult to deal with and unfortunately was a member of the senior leadership team. Most individuals within the London office had an issue with this individual's management style, resulting in many employees leaving the firm directly because of this person. Losing a talented workforce because of one individual does not make good business sense,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take feedback from staff. Support staff are in the main, just that, support staff. No time is taken to hear feedback from them, get opinions on how things can be changed/improved and as such the turnover is quite high. As a member of the support staff there was never any feeling of being valued

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A decent place to work for starters.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Botts

    Pros

    Great vacation and benefits and a lot of flexibility to work autonomously for the most part. The people working there are also very nice and genuine.

    Cons

    A few attorneys can become a little egotistical at times, but otherwise most people are quite nice. Some more career development would be nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If upper management were to put more effort into training staff and having a more concrete career path for them, it would be very beneficial for the company.

    Approves of CEO

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