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Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated December 8, 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 9 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours, poor management style" (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie part-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and curious employees, interesting work

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Good people, incompetent leadership"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Warm culture, strong brand, good experience

    Cons

    Glaringly obvious problems and inability/desire to resolve.

    Advice to Management

    A good attorney does not always equate to a good ‘business’ leader. Big difference.

  3. "BD manager"

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

    Pros

    Great people and interesting substantive work

    Cons

    Professional staff not always valued

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good place for non-attorney staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experienced hires can command good salaries. Good job security. HR did mitigate issues between attorney staff and non-attorney staff when they arose. The partner I worked for was open to reasonable changes and helped maintain a lean team that was not too overworked.

    Cons

    Boring work. long hours, bad pay. Once again, most of the issues could be traced to my partner who was an incompetent attorney and an incompetent leader.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good location

    Cons

    Management is out of step


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of Pros to name.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Helpful (1)

    "eh"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    okay but not that great of a firm

    Cons

    stingy with benefits and low morale

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "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