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Baker Botts Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice place to work with nice people (in 3 reviews)

  • Excellent firm with brilliant lawyers and competent staff (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Staff isn't appreciated as much as lawyers; lack of fairness across the board in some departments (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Conservative Culture with Good Benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Accessible management makes it easy to get problems solved, but there are certain departments that definitely get more attention and benefits than others. There are been a bunch of good events for the staff recently - mostly due to the new staff members in administration I think!

    Cons

    Staff isn't appreciated as much as lawyers; lack of fairness across the board in some departments. It takes a long time for things to change and it can be quite hard to move up the ladder.


  2. "High Pressure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent people who are very good at what they do.

    Cons

    Meat grinder, get used to 80 work weeks. If you're hired.

  3. "Paralegal Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work with nice people. Learned a lot!

    Cons

    Compensation could be better! Long hours.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. "Good place if you like Houston"

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    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well run, likable attorneys and excellent professional staff for the most part. Bonuses and profit sharing are generous, especially when the firm is doing well.

    Cons

    It's all about Houston. If you are senior staff, you must live there. The other offices can feel like outposts. Healthcare is not very well subsidized; high compared with other firms.

    Advice to Management

    As a firm that aspires to be national/international, there needs to be less emphasis on Houston and the recognition that the best people may not want to reside there but can still contribute significantly toward the success of the firm.


  5. "Patent Agent"

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    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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "Great firm"

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    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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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