Baker McKenzie Reviews

Updated 27 Feb 2021

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65%
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Baker McKenzie Global Chair Milton W. M. Cheng
Milton W. M. Cheng
59 Ratings
Pros
  • "Leading international law firm, interesting projects, good team(in 31 reviews)

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

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  1. "very good"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop.

    Cons

    Not too much support for emotional issues.

  2. "Good"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Legal Professional 

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Paid for overtime, culture and nice people

    Cons

    No cons working at Baker


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not my cup of tea"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not enough to want to stay

    Cons

    Toxic atmosphere and bad behaviour allowed to become habitual - too many managers and layers - poor processes for a global law firm

  4. "Good"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    good culture and social aspects

    Cons

    overall management style needs improving

  5. "Excellent culture"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture is great, people seem happy and content, good prospects for moving roles

    Cons

    Some policies feel like lip service

  6. "BM Belfast"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Legal Professional 

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good Social environment Good first grad job

    Cons

    Progression oppotunities Management in Belfast team Favouritism of certain LPs

  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "A great start to a professional career but needs much improvement"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good benefits package - Great social events - Friendly people - Flexible working - Supportive of staff

    Cons

    - Salary is not in line with current market. I am doing the same job for a lot more money now elsewhere. - Lack of progression. - Favours fee earning staff - Overtime culture (especially for paralegals) for little reward.

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  8. "Poor managenent"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work was interesting Good opportunities Excellent training

    Cons

    High stress environment Duplicitous leadership

  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Legal professionals are treated poorly by the company"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Legal Professional in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker McKenzie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good work life balance, good starting job to learn the basics

    Cons

    No trust given and therefore no challenge to the job; Micromanagement is horrendous and some team leads become passive aggressive if they feel threatened by your ability/ideas; LPs treated differently to all other staff because they are disposable - do not think there is any way to progress in this job, because there isn't; Poorly treated during covid, no equipment given and no pay rises despite promotions being given. Expected to pay for screens/a mouse etc when the office is filled with equipment. Other departments in legal given full equipment; Made to feel you are lucky to have a job instead of the company making you feel valued

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  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Do not expect career progression or salary increases to reflect increased responsibility"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baker McKenzie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good range of work Modern office Made great friends

    Cons

    - unprepared for covid: no remote screens for home, they have only decided to address this almost 1 year after being in pandemic which is a joke. So many other firms that are so much smaller went above and beyond for their staff. - pay freeze and blaming everything on covid yet company financials are healthy. Pre-covid they were still slow to increase pay or reward in any way. - seniors management have no real direction and flip flop all the time. Most meetings with staff are just talk shops and achieve nothing. - inconsistent approach across teams - no transparency around bonus or salary. It is a fact that salary’s range massively for same work. We are told to never speak about salary or bonus which tells you everything. - so much gossip among people and poor behaviour

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