Baker & Hostetler

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Baker & Hostetler Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
25 Reviews
3.9
25 Reviews
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    Paralegal

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler

    Pros

    Competitive salary & benefit package. Professional environment. Low office drama. Great office with a view! No cubicles here!

    Cons

    Long hours, high billing requirement but that's to be expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good Culture, Terrible Pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler full-time

    Pros

    The company culture is nice and the people are generally pretty friendly.

    Cons

    Hourly employees get 2% raises each year and that's it. You're given some song and dance about how your benefits package is part of your overall pay, but that doesn't answer the question of how you take home pay stays the same from year to year while the cost of living increases. There is also very little organizational structure and who reports to whom is never clear, especially when it comes time for reviews. If you're toward the end of your career and want a place to coast until retirement, Baker is perfect. For anyone under 55 who wants to be upwardly mobile, steer clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Summer associate

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay at this firm is good

    Cons

    The hours at this firm are long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The summer program at this firm is nice

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    Nice environment for a large law firm

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    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training, friendly, enthusiastic, doesn't feel like a big firm

    Cons

    Lots of inflexible administrative process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to streamline administrative processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker & Hostetler full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very professional group of individuals geared towards fostering young lawyers and providing superior service to clients.

    Cons

    As with most large law firms, it is not a 9-5 job. There will be long hours, mind numbing work, and tedious research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No recommendations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler

    Pros

    Smart people, treated with respect.

    Cons

    The lawyers make all the money,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to provide more upward mobility for non lawyers

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice work environment. Great people.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance for larger law firm.

    Cons

    Absence of mentoring opportunities/focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits and room for promotions

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    Current Employee - File Clerk in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - File Clerk in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They will work with you on your salary. Promotions are available. Really good benefits. Can somewhat make your own schedule as long as it is between business hours.

    Cons

    Attorneys can be a bit rude. People love to gossip. Have to be impeccably groomed at all times. File room is a little disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your rules, don't flip-flop based upon circumstances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Firm!

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

    I have been working at Baker & Hostetler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great firm to work for. A big firm with a small firm feeling.

    Cons

    We seem to keep getting more of thee administrative parts of the firms work, i.e., secretaries taking on more of accounting dept work, records, etc. as well as additional attorneys added to our desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful Firm, If you don't mind it being your life

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

    I worked at Baker & Hostetler full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The attorneys and support staff are great and there's a lot of autonomy in the firm. The only thing is that you absolutely mustn't miss a beat! You are given next to everything to make your job as easy as possible. Training on any topic imaginable is offered at every corner, but you have to look out for it. Even though the overtime can be grueling, the OT hours pile up and you get to order in from great restaurants. I worked on some pretty high profile cases, some of which I get to tell my friends about, others I get to say "If I tell you, I'd have to kill you."

    Cons

    As I mentioned, if you miss a beat, you've screwed everybody. As a paralegal, you are pretty much responsible for the messups of the attorneys, which I came to learn were frequent. As an example, having to go across town to get a filing in before COB (close of business) was always harrying when the attorney would throw it on your desk ten till 5. Depending on the attorney, you might be expected to know everything the first day on the job. My one piece of advice is ask a ton of questions. Even if the attorney looks at you like you're special, it will help you out in the long run. You are responsible for your own hours, but don't wander in the same time as the attorneys or leave when they do. In other words, come in earlier and leave later.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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