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Baker & McKenzie Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
Baker & McKenzie – Melbourne – “Reception Desk”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 60 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Baker & McKenzie Chaiman of the Executive Committee Eduardo C. Leite

Eduardo C. Leite

(17 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 5 reviews)

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNeed 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of filing, check requests, and budget management.

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsStrong 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.

    ConsWorking 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A pointless waste of time

    Billing Coordinator (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsPoorly conceived proprietary billing process

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump WordFlow. Horrible, and incompatible with Word 2010!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ok place..

    Paralegal (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Proswork life balance was great and people are friendly

    Consimpossible to advance with little room for growth

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very young staff

    Clerk (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat environment, experience, people, benefits

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on the practice group

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work, work and more work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInsurance benefits are all right

    ConsSecretaries are assigned to too many people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great working environment & team

    Associate (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosinternational team; interesting projects; mentorship

    Consefforts are being made at work/life balance

    Advice to Senior Management--

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Career-Ending Pit-Stop to Law Hell

    Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBaker has great benefits, conference rooms overlooking the White House, and senior-level partners in tax, immigration and corporate that have many amazing policy and government contacts and sterling reputations.

    ConsAs with most Big Law Firms, billable hours are highly encouraged to be over 2,600 hours at D.C. (not N.Y.C. or Chicago) pay. Expect to put in a lot more work than that if you want to last, although your opportunities for professional growth will be nonexistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the pipeline for professional growth for attorneys and staff, or you will lose many more of your most capable and ambitious associates and partners to the more agile competition.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good experience, but unchallenged

    Accountant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosgreat work life balance
    steady position

    Conslittle room to grow
    can be a bit boring

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