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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2015)
"Friendly, open, international, commercial."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.8 / 10
6.9 / 10
7.6 / 10
9.2 / 10
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10


  • 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


  • 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

What insiders say about...

"Baker & McKenzie are the only firm I've come across that have a section regarding..."

"The culture in general is friendly and cooperative, with a very collegiate atmosphere..."

"Training programmes are very well organised and consistent. The best aspect is the..."

"Mentoring can be hit and miss. Some partners and associates are extremely approachable,..."

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

"The firm is very reasonable when it comes to personal commitments and balancing interests..."

"The salary is up there with all the big City firms, but the bonuses are not tremendous,..."

"Free tickets to the Tate Modern, corporate box at Lord's (if you're lucky), annual..."

"There was an online application and an assessment day consisting of a partner interview,..."

"My interviewee asked me where I thought Baker & McKenzie should open another office,..."

"I do not feel that the firm places much focus on reducing its carbon footprint."

"The firm widely promotes diversity in all its forms and, more than that, there is..."

"I have had lots of client contact at work: travelling abroad to meet them, attending..."

"The firm is definitely committed to pro bono work. Many programmes run concurrently..."

"The people, scope of work, level of responsibility."

"'Global firm' means frequently working across time zones, and this can be a chal..."

"The reputation Baker & McKenzie has as the biggest global law firm and the friendliest..."

"Retention rates have been broadly good in recent qualification rounds but could be..."

"The firm was started when two strangers met in the back of a cab. Which is a bit..."

"A friendly, inclusive and global."

"There are a range of social programs with individuals from disadvantaged programmes...."

"In my opinion there should be more trainee-focused social events funded by the f..."

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