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Baker Botts Reviews

Updated March 4, 2017
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Pros
  • better work life balance than most large law firms (in 4 reviews)

  • relatively fair hours; somewhat of a texas laid-back atmosphere, though inconsistent (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent (in 4 reviews)

  • And, of course, there's a tremendous emphasis on billable hours (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Patent Agent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9-5, collaborative, great learning experience

    Cons

    Intense, competitive billable hours and target


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time

    Pros

    Excellent quality of work. Good relationships with fellow associates. Salary.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Lack of mentorship.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  3. "Paralegal Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time

    Pros

    Really nice people and interesting cases to work on

    Cons

    Not enough work to go around

    Advice to Management

    Talk to paralegals about the kinds of cases they are most interested in working on


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  5. "Great firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The firm has a culture that fosters a strong work ethic among the lawyers and staff. Expectations were clear, and if you were successful, you were rewarded.

    Cons

    You are expected to perform, so this isn't a place for anyone looking to coast.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation for Texas legal market; interesting matters; excellent staff support; pro bono work is rewarded with credit toward billable hour requirements; firm name is very respected in Texas.

    Cons

    As with all large firms, the billable hour expectation is high and work-life balance can be difficult. Also, compensation is loaded into high salaries, with somewhat reduced benefits.

    Advice to Management

    A more consistent and rigorous training program in core skill sets, particularly litigation skills that are not taught in law school, would be beneficial for junior (1-3 year) associates.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great work, great people, great reputation."

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work on a lot of interesting projects as a summer associate. Recruitment puts on great events. The people are very friendly.

    Cons

    People have their doors closed constantly which makes them less approachable. You cannot see into the offices so if the door is closed you have to knock, and sometimes they have headphones in. That whole aspect was awkward daily.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest giving summer associates more help finding affordable housing and telling the associates and partners to keep their doors open.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great partners, staff very gossip oriented."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My partner-level bosses were pretty great. Fun personalities, yet still very professional. We're very encouraging and committed to developing employee talent. I know not all partners were like that, but mine were.

    Cons

    Staff is very gossip oriented. Rumors started over nothing or simple jealousy. Very catty, dog-eat-dog. Very hard to know who your friends were. People actively trying to get one another fired.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that work productivity is affected when staff managers are allowed to fraternize with the people they are in charge of.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baker Botts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The firm has a lot of benefits, including a great 401K plan. The compensation is very good, at least in my department. I would consider our HR department to be the best in Houston. We work a 7.5 hour day. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

    Cons

    Some would like to work 9/80, but know in a law firm that would probably never happen.

    Advice to Management

    I feel our management does a great job. I would like to see some firm activities where everyone can get together outside of work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High-level legal services--great work, skimpy life"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Botts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on complicated matters for sophisticated clients--you get access to better cases, better funding, and better training in Texas.

    Cons

    Partnership is mostly a dream--be happy to work hard and get paid well and leave it at that. You're getting experience and access to clients with complicated cases and big budgets that you just won't see at less prestigious firms.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is already aware that they are aloof and separated from the associates--they aren't interested in my advice


  11. "Competent attorneys, helpful staff"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baker Botts as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting legal work

    Cons

    Certain personalities within the organization are difficult to work with



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