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Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated August 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Known as "the friendliest Law Firm" - good culture, great location, good benefits" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Easy going people; the work life balance can be good" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Workload can sometimes affect work-life balance" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Long hours expected; pressure to eat hours" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers and commitment to flexibility

    Cons

    I have been here for more than five years, no cons!


  2. "Shocking exit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker McKenzie part-time

    Pros

    At time was biggest law firm in world. Paid me full benefits (17 total) for part-time work. One employee walked by my desk daily saying the firm was so lucky to have me.

    Cons

    I worked Fridays with staff but Saturdays Sundays and holidays alone at office (as well as on-call for absences) as overflow for up to 77 offices worldwide. There is a 24-7 overflow office in Malaysia but I was discouraged from using it. So many in my hallway quit or were terminated that others joked that I chased them away. Then I received a PIP when I thought I would get a raise after working 18 days in a row including weekends. High turnover particularly for this position. To boot I did not have weekly training offered as other employees did who worked Mon-Thu regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire someone with decades of experience and multiple degrees, patronizingly give them a PIP, tell them they passed it(!) and then fire them anyway.

  3. "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Full-time employees have access to health insurance
    -Desirable location in the Loop

    Cons

    -Sexism, racism, homophobia run rampant. Hostile work environment.
    Company does nothing
    -HR is great for the company, not for the employees it "serves"

    Advice to Management

    Try harder. It should be required that all management and senior employees should have a picture frame with a photo of Andrew Beckett permanently afffixed to their desks


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Executive assistant"

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

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely none, total scam!

    Cons

    Scam and a waste of time/money !!! Don’t let these fake reviews fool you they have people make reviews just to get people so they can scam you

    Advice to Management

    Actually help people don’t scam people who work hard to make a honest living


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Went downhill - previously had been a good work environment"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generous time off
    Talented employees

    Cons

    Series of executives that didn’t show integrity, leaving vacancies in key leadership positions.
    Difficult to move laterally
    Offshoring increasing number of jobs


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, overall good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Still a little behind on technology.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company with Opportunities for growth"

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    Former Employee - Trainer
    Former Employee - Trainer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be exposed to a global community with lots of opportunities for skills and knowledge growth.

    Cons

    Workload can sometimes affect work-life balance.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nicer people than you find in most firms; chance to work on international projects.

    Cons

    Like most large law firms it is a revolving door and management does not always clearly explain decisions to rank-and-file. There has been an obvious shift in priorities in the last two years, and morale among associates and staff is suffering as a result.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Typical International Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Benefits Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Benefits Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits package, Friendly personnel, Flexible work hours, Employee appreciation events, Good promotion opportunities for managerial staff

    Cons

    Widespread layoffs, Significant decrease in employee camaraderie, Ratio of available administrative staff vs managerial staff positions are disproportionate

    Advice to Management

    Encourage team camaraderie by being more open with the people who help you to achieve your goals.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Baker McKenzie (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Law firm has good benefits.

    Cons

    Switched to an outsourcing company for some services.


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