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Best law firm to work for

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Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

I have been working at Baker & McKenzie

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Baker & McKenzie is a global business law firm, but it is also an incredibly pleasant place to work at.

Of course the work is high profile and compensation is high, but there is definitely a connection shared by B&M employees. People are happy to work here and work/life balance is great.

B&M is international. That means that it is easy to go on a secondment to another office for anywhere between 3 months (usually at trainee level) to several years.

Work/life balance is incredible for a law firms. Partners actually have wives and families and think you should be able to have a personal life. Of course expectations are high, but you are given the possibility to organise your work to avoid last minute whole-nighters, and they will hire more people if needed.

Cons

Although B&M has 70 offices around the world, most of the offices are populated by local lawyers. This makes the place feel less international then it could be, although lawyers are encouraged to spend at least a year working in another office or on secondment for a client.

Advice to Management

B&M could leverage its internationality and become truly global if it increased the mix of nationalities in its offices.

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  1. B&M is een hoog presterende bedrijf met een vriendelijke omgeving B&M is a high performing company with a friendly environment

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    Former Employee - Associate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Associate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Kansen om te presteren, uit te blinken en te leiden zijn beschikbaar voor mensen die het willen. Zeer ondernemende mentaliteit.

    Opportunities to perform, excel and lead are available for people that want it. Very entrepreneurial mindset.

    Cons

    Werk/leven balans kan vergeten worden

    Work-life balance can be forgotten.

    Advice to Management

    Zorg goed voor je menselijk kapitaal

    Take good care of your human capital

  2. The people working here are amazing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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