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Updated Jan 13, 2021

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3.8
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Baker McKenzie Global Chair Milton W. M. Cheng
Milton W. M. Cheng
81 Ratings
Pros
  • "Leading international law firm, interesting projects, good team(in 31 reviews)

  • "Collaborative and welcoming work environment(in 30 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours salary non commemsurate(in 57 reviews)

  • "Time pressure, lack of work-life balance(in 32 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Freelancer, less than 1 year

      n/a

      Jan 13, 2021 - Anonymous Freelancer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great environment to work in

      Cons

      I don't have anything cons

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Creative thinkers need not apply

      Apr 4, 2019 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay, International Travel and Pedigree

      Cons

      If you are a collaborative, entrepreneurial thinker who enjoys working in an open, supportive work environment, this company is not for you. The top-down leadership style is closed, secretive and not open to new ideas. Many leadership roles are held by long-timers who have little interest in understanding the market and feel insulated by the firm's past reputation. They are comfortable with the status quo. Finally, the firm culture if one of fear as lay-offs are common and independent thinking is discouraged.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Administrative - Billing

      Aug 23, 2015 - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is a large law firm with offices around the globe. Being able to work together with administrative staff from other offices and cultures was a great experience. There are a lot of very smart, talented attorneys here.

      Cons

      Staff in all departments are stressed, under a lot of pressure and constant deadlines that are unrealistic. They like to outsource everything that they can while leaving the local employees in charge of catching mistakes, work overload, hounding supervisors, unhappy employees abound, huge lack of transparency on many levels, a hostile work environment.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Billing Coordinator

      Aug 24, 2015 - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lovely view of Lake Michigan. Diligent and hard working work staff. Splendid modern office building. Monthly office happy hours with free beer, wine and food.

      Cons

      Utterly incompetent upper staff management who have micromanaged accounting department to death. Recent conversion to new accounting system failed, but no backup plan to return to previous system. Resulting sudden and vast increase in work load led to recriminations against staff members, not senior management. Staff worked 6 or 7 days a week to keep up after conversion and soon began to leave in droves, ten since conversion, leading to greater workload on those remaining who are now looking for new jobs or mulling retirement. Upper management can't or won't stop bullying of employees by self styled big shot attorneys who demand their bills be processed first, and leading to constant interference in workflow, regardless of impact on other attorney's bills. Terrible work environment begging for massive reform.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Associate

      Aug 17, 2015 - Analyst in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good company overall.Nice environment to work and good people.

      Cons

      You are constant on deadline..you have to be able to withstand the pressure that come with the company.More work,less people

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      8 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Business Analysis

      Oct 23, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work options, friendly culture, knowledgable employees

      Cons

      Fast paced work environment, reactive business culture, time consuming/long term projects

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Work

      Mar 23, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great work environment with attorneys

      Cons

      employees do not work together or help each other

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      LPA

      May 19, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      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.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Finance

      May 30, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company name to have on your resume. The lawyers are the top in their field and get paid very well for it. The support staff are the least appreciated at the company.

      Cons

      A standard nine to five work environment if you like that kind of thing. Don't look for advancement anytime soon.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Not worth it

      Aug 17, 2018 - Administrative in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      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"

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      8 people found this review helpful
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