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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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie

    Pros

    big and good reputation. You will take advantage for future employments and will therefore take a higher work load for the time you are working with them.

    Cons

    hard and challenging enviroment within the company and its lawyers. Its not a real entity and it is hard for younger lawyers to get clients and improve their value to the company.

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    Nice people, great law practice but very old school w weak leadership

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker & McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, market salaries cool offices

    Cons

    Far East in loop, everything led by consensus so change is slow,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show leadership and make the tough decisions

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