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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)
"The firm is friendly, hard-working, international and interesting."
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..."

"At Baker & McKenzie there is a lot of transparency and involvement in future plans..."

"I found that the firm were very good at teaching non-legal skills."

"We have mid-seat reviews which are really helpful but I do think that feedback should..."

"While the office space is dated, the facilities are generally of a good standard,..."

"I have found that the working hours are fairly flexible; obviously it is an international..."

"As trainees at Baker & McKenzie we get good pay. The 3K sign on bonus was unexpected..."

"Perks include: taxis home if you stay past 9:00pm, pension, free dinner if you are..."

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

"The partner case study was a bit of a grilling on the facts in front of you. The..."

"I understand that there are measures in place to reduce the firm's carbon footprint,..."

"With regard to diversity issues I think that the firm is very good at catering for..."

"Day-to-day work is very organisational and can be admin heavy, with bits of drafting..."

"The firm works on a wide range of pro bono projects. I have recently worked on background..."

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

"The hours are tough in some departments."

"I wanted a big City firm and enjoyed the interview process at Bakers and the people..."

"I have been offered a NQ position, and retention is fairly good, but some departments..."

"One of the founders of the firm, Baker, first practised as an immigration lawyer..."

"International and global practice."

"There are frequent social mobility events run by external organisations which focus..."

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

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