Baker & McKenzie

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Baker & McKenzie Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
67 Reviews
3.4
67 Reviews
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Baker & McKenzie Chaiman of the Executive Committee Eduardo C. Leite
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17 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • one of the largest law firm in the world (in 9 reviews)

  • People are happy to work here and work/life balance is great (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Minimal work-life balance - it is expected that work and life become one (in 5 reviews)

  • Atmosphere slightly stiff but this is normal for law firm (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work at

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time for 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
  2.  

    Great Firm

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    Former Employee - Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time for 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
  6.  

    Lots of filing, check requests, and budget management.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time for less than a 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
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time for 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10. 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 for more than a 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
  11.  

    Depends on the practice group

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    It's a global law firm, with a vast network. Clients are top notch. Good people work here.

    Cons

    It's a big law firm, so there's a lot of pressure to bill hours from regional levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on keeping morale up and make your associates feel like they're succeeding, rather than failing because they are not billing over target.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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