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Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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Pros
  • The reputation as the "friendly" law firm is justly deserved, vast majority of staff are incredibly warm and open-minded people (in 22 reviews)

  • Professional Work Environment, Good Management and Remuneration (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • old-fashioned management and none work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • This cause lawyers to have to spend long hours at work (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Perks of corporate law firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    You'll gain extensive knowledge and your network will greatly expand.

    Cons

    The size of the firm can be a bit overwhelming at first if you are not used to the environment or if you prefer something smaller


  2. "Support staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Glossy name, cannot think of another "pro".

    Cons

    Hostile environment with few decent people. All about money and pleasure of the equity partners. Lying is a norm of life.

  3. "Too big to care"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong IT department, no overtime required

    Cons

    Everyone is just a tick on a chart, no regard for human beings.

    Advice to Management

    Never forget that staff are people, too.


  4. "Intern"

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

    I worked at Baker McKenzie part-time

    Pros

    Worked there during the school term, they were pretty flexible with my work schedule.

    Cons

    Often quite a static environment.


  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Great experience and people--awesome place.

    Cons

    None for me--it's great place.


  6. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Liked working with people there

    Cons

    Terrible HR management. Under staffed secretarial and paralegal staff. Management at the SF office in general is awful.


  7. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits because company is global

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible.

  8. "Baker & McKenzie is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful culture. Nice people. Great benefits. Staff are treated well and valued.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little tone deaf to certain issues, but generally a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value the culture that you've created.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to get training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good client base; good training opportunities; nice people; international work

    Cons

    Poor management (which is very important in professional services + partnership structure); highly competitive rather than collaborative; poor incentives for junior / mid-levels

    Advice to Management

    Build better incentives for keeping people through junior and mid-levels. Currently way too skewed in favor of partners


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Project Fusion Means You Will Be Laid Off Soon"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - N/A in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck every two weeks - at least for now. Benefits are good - but most people won't be getting those for much longer either.

    Cons

    Project Fusion is a new "initiative" to streamline processes all over the globe - IT, HR, Finance. Chances are many positions are going to be eliminated. Usually, if you are investing in technology you have a tendency to not need as many employees. Be careful if you apply you may not be there for long.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to really say.....a lot of people will be losing there jobs soon.


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