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BakerHostetler Reviews

Updated November 27, 2018
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Pros
  • "Reasonable hours, collegial environment, good work life balance" (in 8 reviews)

  • "The firm culture is great and fosters one of the friendliest and enjoyable work environments at a big law firm" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Baker was a great place to work and I would recommend it to anyone on both the legal and staff side" (in 3 reviews)

  • "The lawyers make all the money," (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "An Environment Other Firms Should Strive For"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The office environment quiet but also social. No one pointed or stared at you while engaging in general office chit-chat from time to time. The managing partner encouraged a positive and fun environment, he was engaged with the entire staff, and it allowed for an extremely enjoyable work environment. Work-loads were heavy but most made themselves available to help if help was needed. Most attorneys were engaging and treated the administrative staff and others with respect, as it should be in all firms. We celebrated birthdays, we welcomed new employees (attorneys and other staff), we celebrated Chicago sports teams, the Chicago office anniversary, and a generous benefits package. All the positives at the Chicago office greatly outweighed any minute negative.

    Cons

    There were no cons while I was employed at this firm.

    Advice to Management

    I cannot think of any advice to pass along to management other than for the Chicago office to keep it up.


  2. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BakerHostetler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work! Nice people.

    Cons

    Typical large law firm with both nice folks but there are always those attorneys that don’t acknowledge the staff.

  3. "Do yourself a favor - don't work for this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only thing I can think of is pretty good technology. IT group seems to care.

    Cons

    Oh boy, they really don't care about the employees, truly they don't. C suite or Director level is a joke for the most part. HR is scary, not certain any of them know what they are doing. Nothing changes, don't want feedback, and for goodness sake, don't question them - just do what they say. It is really awful.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your management staff -- HR is very troubling.


  4. "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Partner in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BakerHostetler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, collegial environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    Pay is only average compared to market


  5. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BakerHostetler full-time

    Pros

    Great firm worldwide and great benefits

    Cons

    Too much unprofessional gossip in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    HR does not have support staff


  6. "Relaxed Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at BakerHostetler full-time

    Pros

    I love everything about my job.

    Cons

    None really that I can think of.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Associates should tay away from this second-tier firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BakerHostetler full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros unless you have nowhere else to go.

    Cons

    The firm is an old boy's club that's obsessed with hierarchy, titles, and seniority instead of good lawyering (probably because there aren't many good lawyers). The pay is below market in every office and associate turnover is high because the firm has no willingness to change, partners are allowed to bully associates and staff, there are no opportunities to move up, the "black box" compensation system means you will make less than most any other firm, and the quality of the partners and cases are poor. They flat out lie to associates in interviews. As another reviewer said "the place where dreams go to die."

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - IT Department in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BakerHostetler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The department has many talented individuals most/all of which work alongside of one another effectively. Wonderful CIO and directors.

    Cons

    HR is not on your side. Difficult to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The firm is laid back with extremely nice people.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement; clock-in system; no remote access.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Wait until 2019 to work at Baker"

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

    I worked at BakerHostetler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very very nice people that I will miss tremendously

    Cons

    Baker is a revolving door for Associates, with many leaving after a year or less due to lack of work.

    Administration and HR is a joke. The administration institutes an absurd policy every few months to remind the minions who is in charge. If you insist on working here wait until June 2019 when new management is in place.

    Paralegal management takes over your cases and projects without notifying you when they need billable work. If you protest, you will be ignored and you will find yourself facing firm management, who will warn you to stop making paralegal management feel like you’re trying to get them fired.

    Substantive work dried up a long time ago, with paralegal management taking over any scraps that remained. Also, the firm has been eliminating staff in droves, essentially putting the writing on the wall so to speak.

    Advice to Management

    Rework the entire system.