Baker & McKenzie

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Baker & McKenzie Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
73 Reviews
3.4
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    General working conditions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    big and good reputation. You will take advantage for future employments and will therefore take a higher work load for the time you are working with them.

    Cons

    hard and challenging enviroment within the company and its lawyers. Its not a real entity and it is hard for younger lawyers to get clients and improve their value to the company.

  2.  

    Worked to death

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    global exposure, culture of friendship with colleagues

    Cons

    global exposure -- you are expected to be "on-call" as a BD manager. But not compensated accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your global services staff more. WIthout us, you would be in a lot of trouble.

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Good place to work at

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

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

    Pros

    Overall good place to work with typical benefits.

    Cons

    Every lawyer is very focused on making sure he is busy. not much of team play.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more communicative with everyone. A lot happens behind closed doors.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Great Culture and Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Excellent morale.

    Cons

    Leave benefits aren't all that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Lots of filing, check requests, and budget management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong benefits in regards to 401K and healthcare etc, and luckily as an hourly employee you are guaranteed a 9-to-5 schedule. Weekly lunches with each practice group that provide continuing education and/or more context into the work of the larger group and company.

    Cons

    Working under multiple leaders causes lots of difficulties with balancing projects and performing well. Difficult to get in touch with manager who worked in multiple locations, and lacked support from leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great international connections, some variability in work across offices and practice groups.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International work and network; fairly transparent reviews of lawyer performance (bottom-line based). Focus on practical advice to clients.

    Cons

    Need to build business and sometimes internal politics across offices. The firm has made strides to correct this and be more like one firm, but sometimes the financial incentives of individual partners aren't well-aligned toward this coordination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on integrating/pooling partner compensation so that incentives go toward growing the whole pie rather than keeping one's piece and this will also drive better coordination among more junior lawyers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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