Baker & McKenzie Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Baker & McKenzie Chaiman of the Executive Committee Eduardo C. Leite
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Pros
  • one of the largest law firm in the world (in 10 reviews)

  • People are happy to work here and work/life balance is great (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be forgotten (in 5 reviews)

  • Working hours and irritating folks (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker & McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Good company overall.Nice environment to work and good people.

    Cons

    You are constant on deadline..you have to be able to withstand the pressure that come with the company.More work,less people

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to hire more people.With the constant pressure,some of the departments are understaffed.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Interim Accounting Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interim Accounting Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Interim Accounting Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supervised team of six, worked on the team morale while there

    Cons

    Integration from Elite database to SAP which I feel is more of a manufacturing database, not a good law firm system


  3. New management needed

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    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice view, friendly attorneys, 50th floor is amazing

    Cons

    Billing managers does not provide training, they are very non chalant about everything until there's a deadline that need to be met, then everything is rush rush rush. There's no team moral and everyone complains about each other. The people come and go as they are pleased and very unprofessional. So many temps that really want to learn but no one that's willing to teach them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management that cares and has a positive attitude.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Administrative - Billing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a large law firm with offices around the globe. Being able to work together with administrative staff from other offices and cultures was a great experience. There are a lot of very smart, talented attorneys here.

    Cons

    Staff in all departments are stressed, under a lot of pressure and constant deadlines that are unrealistic. They like to outsource everything that they can while leaving the local employees in charge of catching mistakes, work overload, hounding supervisors, unhappy employees abound, huge lack of transparency on many levels, a hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Billing, payables & receivables are the central heartbeat of every company. Retaining smart, experienced people should be a priority. It is not here. When employees of tenure make comments, their comments should be taken seriously for positive change. It is easy to see they do not care, management in this important department lack professionalism, transparency and knowledge in the areas they supervise. The COO is equally clueless, he ruins departments by forcing unrealistic goals, stressing talented employees out the door, resulting in poorly run departments in order to justify his outsourcing endeavors and he tries to hide a lot of things from the attorneys who pay his salary. Most importantly this man should be replaced.


  6. Billing Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lovely view of Lake Michigan. Diligent and hard working work staff. Splendid modern office building. Monthly office happy hours with free beer, wine and food.

    Cons

    Utterly incompetent upper staff management who have micromanaged accounting department to death. Recent conversion to new accounting system failed, but no backup plan to return to previous system. Resulting sudden and vast increase in work load led to recriminations against staff members, not senior management. Staff worked 6 or 7 days a week to keep up after conversion and soon began to leave in droves, ten since conversion, leading to greater workload on those remaining who are now looking for new jobs or mulling retirement. Upper management can't or won't stop bullying of employees by self styled big shot attorneys who demand their bills be processed first, and leading to constant interference in workflow, regardless of impact on other attorney's bills. Terrible work environment begging for massive reform.

    Advice to Management

    A serious review of the competency of senior staff management, and the failed accounting system. needs to be performed.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Billing department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    To be honest the view is the only thing I looked forward to as management is frazzled and not very helpful but instead are catty and send others to do their dirty work when they have something negative to say.

    Cons

    Lack of training. You only learn steps 3-5 of a process of 20 and not in the correct order either. You are furthermore reprimanded when you do the work incorrectly which is all they will ever get if not given the proper tools and and information. It seems like they don't want to be helpful even though they say ask a lot of questions-however when you do ask they don't have time and say follow the 3 steps you know (again which are not enough).

    Advice to Management

    Take time to correctly teach your employees and their output will be to your standards. Like the saying goes: garbage in garbage out.


  8. The people working here are amazing.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quality-focused individuals who are driven to meet the expectations of the attorneys. Strong brand recognition withing the Legal community.

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions due to de-centralized leadership structure. Every office / region (aka formula unit) makes their own decisions & then need to come together to perform globally. Attorney culture pervasive - detail oriented & question based.

    Advice to Management

    Determine a way to streamline decision making and embrace a culture of trusting the people who work within the organization. When you hire A+ talent, you can listen to their opinions.


  9. Great learning environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker & McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Free Microsoft office classes. Free lunches. Career advancement.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement. Office politics. Poor management within the file clerk department.

    Advice to Management

    Provide tuition reimbursement to your employees.


  10. Nice people, great law practice but very old school w weak leadership

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, market salaries cool offices

    Cons

    Far East in loop, everything led by consensus so change is slow,

    Advice to Management

    Show leadership and make the tough decisions


  11. Great Firm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place for legal professionals. There are tremendous opportunities for personal and professional growth. The type of work is highly complex and sophisticated. The lawyers in the firm are incredibly talented and professional. The associate transfer program is a great opportunity for associates to experience working and living in foreign jurisdictions.

    Cons

    There is very little that is negative about the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Consider offering sabbaticals to employees after certain periods of employment.



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