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Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated February 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Known as "the friendliest Law Firm" - good culture, great location, good benefits" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Easy going people; the work life balance can be good" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Heavy workload; lack of work life balance" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Long hours, poor management style" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "good firm; good deals; good colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good firm; good deals; good colleagues

    Cons

    long hours; relatively lower pay


  2. "Do not recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    Met some very nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Internal system broken. Seriously. Management turns head or promotes poor behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and practice what you preach

  3. Helpful (1)

    "My experience at BM"

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    Current Employee - Professional Business Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professional Business Services in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning
    Brand & reputation
    Structure and strategy

    Cons

    Leadership
    The deal
    Respect
    Balance life & work

    Advice to Management

    Being more close to the people and respect every person


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Between 2-3 stars."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is at market, benefits are low cost and offer quality plans with good coverage. Depending upon the office you work in, culture can be good.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance, management can be short sided making head count decisions that stretches existing staff too thin


  5. Helpful (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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "BD manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. 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.


  9. 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


  10. "Legal Secretary"

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    • Culture & Values
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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