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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2015)
"A friendly, sociable and interesting place to work."
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
 
 

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"Relax, and be yourself. You're committing a minimum of two years of your life to..."

"Most of the trainees get on well at the firm and are the sorts of people who you..."

"Very good - frequent departmental training, and high quality professional skills..."

"Positive feedback is limited (depending on the department). I have found that people..."

"The dress code is good, we have a summer dress down policy and casual Fridays."

"As a trainee, it is possible to work from home if the circumstances require this...."

"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..."

"I did not undertake a vacation scheme at this firm, but obtained a training contract..."

"I was asked the normal competency questions (although less than in my other TC interviews)...."

"We have an eco roof here at the London office which is kind of cool."

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

"I get to draft agreements from start to finish and have lead negotiations with clients..."

"I think that there is a good pro bono presence at Baker & McKenzie: there are legal..."

"The collegiate atmosphere and level of responsibility you are given at the firm make..."

"Longer international secondments would be an improvement: we only three month international..."

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

"The firm has very good retention rates. When people don't get kept on, it tends to..."

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

"A global and friendly that is one of the best in the City."

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

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