Baker & McKenzie

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Baker & McKenzie Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
72 Reviews
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72 Reviews
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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
  • Minimal work-life balance - it is expected that work and life become one (in 5 reviews)

  • Working hours and irritating folks (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering sabbaticals to employees after certain periods of employment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Show leadership and make the tough decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Other than a paycheck... and med insurance.... none!

    Cons

    As big of a law firm their management and staff decisions make no sense! then again with the billions $$ they make each year nobody really cares about anything but to find the right person to fire when they fill like it! A politics game oasis, not what you know but WHO do you know... RUN FROM THIS HELL HOLE...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none..... not like they care to listen to any...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible experience for IT person

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    Former Employee - Global Services IT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Global Services IT in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work with people from all around the world. Good cultural experience. Schedule flexibility. No real accountability, if you see this as a plus.

    Cons

    Poor communication between many unorganized department leaders interested in mostly guarding their turf and advancing their own careers with little interest in doing the right thing for the organization. Many, many "IT leaders" with no real expertise in their subject matter. EVERY major decision a political decision. No real accountability, if you see this as a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A pointless waste of time

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    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location; commuting options, including shuttle to building from Metra stations

    Cons

    Poorly conceived proprietary billing process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump WordFlow. Horrible, and incompatible with Word 2010!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    ok place..

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    work life balance was great and people are friendly

    Cons

    impossible to advance with little room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very young staff

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clerk in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great environment, experience, people, benefits

    Cons

    Too many very young people as clerks. Need to hire a little older staff. Pay more to your Clerks. Salaries are below the average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to negotiate salaries with your clerks on experience, not just pay a standard salary for that position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    good experience, but unchallenged

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    great work life balance
    steady position

    Cons

    little room to grow
    can be a bit boring

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent job but not much opportunity to advance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    Competitve salary
    Excellent Medical Benefits
    Flex-Time
    401K and Profit Sharing
    Floaters readily available when needed
    Good software training
    Jeans Day Every Friday

    Cons

    Low morale and poor level of communication from management. Gossip runs rampant at this firm. We learn more information about our office from the media than our own management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback more often on job performance . This is not a congenial work environment. A lot of employees want to find other jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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