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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Baker & McKenzie LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2015)
"A global giant with big heart, fantastic work and star clients."
Pros: 
  • Trainees are given high calibre work, often international in nature, as well as tasks which ensure that they really develop in their roles
  • The firm’s relatively small intake means that trainees have good exposure to high-profile deals
  • Support is provided to trainees as the firm has an inclusive and genuinely ‘open-door’ culture
  • Both legal and non-legal skills are taught innovatively in department-specific training sessions
Cons: 
  • Working hours might be challenge for some trainees, and some late nights can be expected
  • Some may feel that international secondments could be made longer, i.e. six months, rather than three
  • Staying in the firm after qualification can be difficult: opportunities in some departments are highly sought after
  • More opportunities for regular feedback would help trainees' development
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.8 / 10
 
Hours
6.9 / 10
 
Salary
7.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.2 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"I don't think you need to do as much of the commercial awareness revision (e.g. reading..."

"I found that as a trainee you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in different..."

"The formal training is mixed, however there are chances to gain levels of responsibility..."

"There is a feedback culture and people are approachable if you request it, particularly..."

"Nice offices; good view of St Paul's cathedral from many of the higher offices; the..."

"It really depends on the department but the firm is generally flexible. However,..."

"Although the bonus system could be improved, that there is excellent base pay at..."

"There are free taxis provided if you work past 9:00pm. Throughout the vacation scheme..."

"The interview process has changed since I underwent it, but there is currently a..."

"I had two interviews: one interview was competency based, where they asked when I..."

"We've got a green roof with a dog made of plants on it..."

"The diversity commitment is certainly one of the best in the City. There is a strong..."

"My levels of client interaction vary from department to department, but I feel that..."

"I have never personally been involved in pro bono projects here, but I understand..."

"There is a friendly atmosphere at Baker & McKenzie; where I do interesting work and..."

"I get the feeling Baker & McKenzie is going through an identity crisis."

"The global nature and broad scope of work definitely drew me towards them, as well..."

"I have found that retention rates this intake will probably not be as good. Several..."

"The building is built around two steel coils."

"A friendly, sociable and interesting place to work."

"There are a lot of events for students or pupils from less privileged backgrounds,..."

"I think that there should be more transparency in HR processes."

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