Baker & McKenzie
3.3 of 5 58 reviews
www.bakernet.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

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Best law firm to work for

Associate (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

ProsBaker & 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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


    Pros: International work and network; fairly transparent reviews of lawyer performance… Cons: Need to build business and sometimes internal politics across offices. The firm has made strides to correct this… Advice to Senior Management: Continue to work on integrating/pooling partner compensation so that incentives go toward growing the whole pie… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Lots of filing, check requests, and budget management.

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    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.… Cons: Working under multiple leaders causes lots of difficulties with balancing projects and performing well. Difficult… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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