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Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated May 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Known as "the friendliest Law Firm" - good culture, great location, good benefits (in 26 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Workload can sometimes affect work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours expected; pressure to eat hours (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with Opportunities for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "On the decline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people depending on the office
    Challenging work
    Good benefits
    Ability to work from home (bAgile program)

    Cons

    No clear processes for anything
    Disorganized knowledge management
    Management is out of touch with reality
    Mediocre pay for staff
    Unrealistic expectations
    No work life balance

    Advice to Management

    People are the most important asset in any organization. They are the folks that actually get things done and drive the business operation and functionality. There is a clear disconnect between senior management and what really is. The folks in NY are only focused on the bottom line (we get that you have to pay for the attorney comp increases) and with certain markets and put down other offices and their efforts. You can't run a business asking folks to constantly do more without any support. This breeds inefficiency. You are literally driving people away due to burn out. Also, please listen to your staff when they tell you that they are overwhelmed and when they tell you that certain things aren't working. Instead, you only focus on a minority attorney feedback and disregard what the majority of the folks are saying. If things are not working/broken in a particular office and the resounding majority is pointing to certain individuals or processes you should probably listen instead of disregarding it or dismissing it as hearsay just because that isn't your experience. You are not the ones living it day in and day out. If you continue on this path, you will continue to lose good talent. This used to be a great Firm, but is definitely on the decline.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Senior IP Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior IP Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company. Great attorneys

    Cons

    Raises are minimal and job can become stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Billing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, nice location, shuttle bus to/ from train station.

    Cons

    Abusive and incompetent management, no respect for billing coordinators. Too much time is wasted in pointless meetings. Horrible and complicated employee review process. Supervisors and immediate management are biased and petty.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to spend all your time in demanding arbitrary deadlines and expectations, while at the same time demoralizing your staff.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Land"

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    Former Employee - Legal Executive Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Legal Executive Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Baker McKenzie is a great place to work. The salary is competitive as well as great benefits.

    Cons

    The only reason I am giving three stars is because of the of changes to their HR department, which seems to be a revolving door and not consistent. Therefore it is a tad challenging in terms of staffing needs. However, if you do well within your group you will succeed.


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