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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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  2. Overall, a rewarding, yet challenging, place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    Interesting assignments, stellar client list, friendly colleagues, competitive salaries and benefits, pleasant surroundings.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a challenge with long hours and unpredictable work schedule. Lack of meaningful communication from management. Too many management layers for administrative staff positions results in overloaded staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate multiple management layers (global, regional, practice group, office) that often results in unclear direction and mixed messaging.

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