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Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance can be hard sometimes (in 15 reviews)

  • strong hierarchy, long hours and a lot of pressure (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Docket Clerk"

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

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

    Pros

    Wide range of duties and responsibilities, you will learn a lot

    Cons

    Firm can be somewhat slow to adapt


  2. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Pays well but you work so hard that have no time to do anything."

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    Former Employee - Lawyer, 1st-Year in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lawyer, 1st-Year in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie (More than a year)

    Pros

    It pays well. I cannot find any other Pro of working there.

    Cons

    You work long hours under tremendous pressure. Remember you are a just a number there so you are replaceable hence you are not significant.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to the lawyers in the office.


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  5. "na"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people out there are ready to mentor you, many opportunities for professional development, home-grown organization,

    Cons

    Very long hours-coming home around 9pm is considered normal, many employees eat lunch in room and very little team projects which create somewhat lonely atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Should increase team-environment by hosting more events like "Lawyer's Lunch" and other evening opportunities, especially across practice groups.


  6. "LPA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Good life work balance, nice bosses, at home, stable work environment, overall it is a good place if you are looking for good life work balance.

    Cons

    Maybe for those who would like to work hard and seek fast career progress, it might not be place you can get outcome you are expecting.

    Advice to Management

    Business management is relatively stable, reliable and trustful, I could say it is a fine company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "SF GES Senior Partners horrible to work for especially if you are an Associate."

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The other practice groups seem fine. Good benefits. Good food. Pretty building. Nice location. Great staff. They hire talented great associates.

    Cons

    SF GES Senior Partners horrible to work for. These women are horrible. They treat people like they are crap and all they care about is that they are on top. Associates are dropping like flies. These women are awful. Well known in SF for being bullies. I witnessed them state OUTLOuD that people who works there were idiots in front of everyone. They are condescending and talk down to everyone. If they screw up they blame everyone else. It's Devils Wears Prada 10x over!

    Advice to Management

    Your senior partners at GES are ruining your firm culture. Surprised you don't have a lawsuit against them after watching the way they treat their associates. They are afraid to knock on their doors to talk to them and they treat them horrible.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Too many procedures"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good global footprint and excellent resources

    Cons

    Too large to be efficient and far too many layers of approval required.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Global Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Highly recognized name makes you proud to say you work there. It also helps when reaching out to possible vendors and service providers because they're all hoping to get a big name on their client list.

    Cons

    Totally dysfunctional, I would say toxic, culture of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you're a successful firm in spite of yourselves.


  10. "Information Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent team members, good environment.

    Cons

    There are no cons for me.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The salary and benefits were good. People were mostly cordial.

    Cons

    The computer system was antiquated, and the tools for copying, stapling and creating binders were as well. There are myriad client/matter charge systems, and admin steps to know.

    Management. I have worked with good HR people. The person in charge of HR when I left was not in that category. She didn't understand the positions or workflow, and was dishonest - not that I expect HR to support employees rather than the employers, but HR can be done without blatantly lying directly to an employee's face and ... gaslighting. Gaslighting someone is truly inappropriate and toxic. She also seemed convinced that she presented as credible, which I think was the most disturbing part for me. Another employee spontaneously shared with me her story of also being blatantly lied to by this HR person as well - and her rage about it - so I know my experience was not unique. Towards the end, I was also subjected to some bizarrely petty bullying by a different manager there, so the maturity and judgment of some managers is an issue as well.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management. I should have known better than to work at the firm that the Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning movie, Philadephia, was based on, and that had an infamous multi-million judgment against it -- the judgment which created a legal precedent that forever changed the seriousness level of sexual harassment complaints everywhere.

    Since working there, I have noticed that their employment ads often include language about being a "well-respected" law firm. That's called "Spin." Their legal work is well respected. Their management of employees can be suspect (see above).


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