Baker Botts
3.5 of 5 23 reviews
www.bakerbotts.com Houston, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew M. Baker

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good, for a large law firm

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baker Botts

Prosbetter work life balance than most large law firms

Consthe texas offices call some of the shots, even if they don't bring in most of the business.

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Legal Secretary (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Baker Botts full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe firm has a lot of benefits, including a great 401K plan. The compensation is very good, at least in my department. I would consider our HR department to be the best in Houston. We work a 7.5 hour day. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

ConsSome would like to work 9/80, but know in a law firm that would probably never happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementI feel our management does a great job. I would like to see some firm activities where everyone can get together outside of work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Experience While Preparing For Law School

Paralegal Clerk (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Baker Botts full-time for less than a year

ProsThis is a wonderful firm to work for. It is sometimes difficult to tell who is a partner from who is an associate due to the respectful and equal interactions between the attorneys. Everyone has an open door and it is not intimidating to ask questions or even to stop in and talk about future law school prospects. The standard workday at the firm is 7.5 hours with an hour lunch break, and although the position is salaried, overtime past 37.5 hours per week is paid on an hourly basis at time and a half, which adds up very quickly.

ConsDue to it being a larger firm, much of the work can be very clerical and not challenging/stimulating, but if you take the time to read some of the documents you are working with, you will gain some great exposure to legal documents. How much you put in is how much you will get out of the experience.

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Baker Botts full-time

ProsTons 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).

ConsThey 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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High-level legal services--great work, skimpy life

Associate (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsWorking on complicated matters for sophisticated clients--you get access to better cases, better funding, and better training in Texas.

ConsPartnership is mostly a dream--be happy to work hard and get paid well and leave it at that. You're getting experience and access to clients with complicated cases and big budgets that you just won't see at less prestigious firms.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management is already aware that they are aloof and separated from the associates--they aren't interested in my advice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good and bad

Associate (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

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

ConsManagement - 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.

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Underpaid, and department goals not aligned with lawyer/firm goals

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Baker Botts full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFor the most part, great people to work with.

ConsGross underpayment for my position, misalignment of organizational goals with departmental goals, not enough feedback on performance, rewards (i.e. promotions, raises) not consistent or aligned with performance.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay people fairly, treat them fairly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Competent attorneys, helpful staff

Summer Associate (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Baker Botts as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat pay, interesting legal work

ConsCertain personalities within the organization are difficult to work with

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Great place to work for

Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Baker Botts full-time for more than a year

ProsStable firm and employee appreciation

ConsNot much room for advancement

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Paralegal (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Baker Botts full-time for less than a year

ProsThe office is in a good location.

ConsLow compensation. Low morale. A lot of turnover.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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