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Baker Botts Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
30 Reviews
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Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew M. Baker
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  1.  

    Great work, great people, great reputation.

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Baker Botts

    Pros

    You work on a lot of interesting projects as a summer associate. Recruitment puts on great events. The people are very friendly.

    Cons

    People have their doors closed constantly which makes them less approachable. You cannot see into the offices so if the door is closed you have to knock, and sometimes they have headphones in. That whole aspect was awkward daily.

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    I would suggest giving summer associates more help finding affordable housing and telling the associates and partners to keep their doors open.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great Working Experience

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    Former Employee - Paralegal Clerk in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal Clerk in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Retention rate is HIGH! I was the newest employee. The next newest employee had been there for 5 years.

    Cons

    not much growth potential within the company. You are either an attorney or staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Baker Botts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial working environment, good work-life balance, interesting clients, good salary and fair bonus structure.

    Cons

    Path to partnership increasingly difficult; visibility into the firm's strategic direction and associate management is limited for non-partners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning opportunity and great mentors

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  6.  

    Wonderful place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are very helpful and considerate

    Cons

    Not seen much in the years to be a negative

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great partners, staff very gossip oriented.

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    My partner-level bosses were pretty great. Fun personalities, yet still very professional. We're very encouraging and committed to developing employee talent. I know not all partners were like that, but mine were.

    Cons

    Staff is very gossip oriented. Rumors started over nothing or simple jealousy. Very catty, dog-eat-dog. Very hard to know who your friends were. People actively trying to get one another fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that work productivity is affected when staff managers are allowed to fraternize with the people they are in charge of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good, for a large law firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker Botts

    Pros

    better work life balance than most large law firms

    Cons

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

  9.  

    Secretary

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience While Preparing For Law School

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    Current Employee - Paralegal Clerk in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Paralegal Clerk in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    Due 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.

  11.  

    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

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