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9.0 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2015)

2015

"I found that as a trainee you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in different departments and become one of the team while undertaking a variety of seats. There is a good level of interaction and collaboration between team members, without any sense of hierarchy, which means that as a trainee you interact and learn from all the members of the team."
First year trainee, London
"A friendly, inclusive and understanding firm both in the office and after-hours. There isn't a strict hierarchy at Baker & McKenzie, and you feel included, and able to talk to partners and associates alike. Partners respect and trust trainees, and are always available to offer advice. Socialising happens often and is highly encouraged!"
First year trainee, London
"Most of the trainees get on well at the firm and are the sorts of people who you are happy to go for a drink with or spend time with outside of work. There is no real hierarchy at Baker & McKenzie, leading to an open door policy. Associates and partners as a rule are happy to stop for a chat or to explain things. Teamwork at the firm is generally good, and there are social events within a number of departments."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a friendly, inclusive culture here, and I don't feel that there is a hierarchy. People work well in teams, and colleagues in the department socialise at monthly department events. There are also Friday night drinks and regular opportunities to socialise with other trainees."
First year trainee, London
"It may depend on the department, but generally there is no 'face-time' culture. There have been quite a few official social events with colleagues and many unofficial ones."
First year trainee, London
"At Baker & McKenzie there is a lot of transparency and involvement in future plans and projects, so everyone is made to feel valued in the team. The department I have been in feels very much like one team, and if you stay late, the team you're working with stays late to help, and generally organises drinks at the end of the week to compensate for the lost evenings!"
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The culture is progressive, very forward-thinking, active and above all friendly. It was the reason I picked the firm, and remains the reason I couldn't see myself working anywhere else."
First year trainee, London
"The amount of socialising differs between the departments: some groups such as Banking have a really good social culture, whereas others do not seem to spend much/any time together outside of working hours."
First year trainee, London
"I think the firm's culture varies massively depending on the department. I think a small minority of departments and individuals do expect you to put in 'face-time', although most do not. Mostly, it is fairly unhierarchical (and the individuals who like to impose a hierarchy the most, in my experience, tend to be the more junior associates). We don't socialise with colleagues a huge amount, but it's always fun when we do, and I think it's better that way!"
Second year trainee, London
"Hierarchy is not too bad, teamwork amongst the trainees is evident. There is limited socialising amongst colleagues of different levels, but the trainees are pretty social."
First year trainee, London
"Genuinely friendly and approachable at every level, genuine concern for welfare, a number of social events and sports teams but more could be encouraged. True emphasis on pro bono work, corporate social responsibility and diversity with a large number of initiatives permitting involvement in the same."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is a genuinely friendly and collegiate place to work. Partners are approachable and a friendly relationship with supervisors and work providers is actively encouraged. Teamwork is considered a key skill, and there is an active social life among trainees and sports teams, (albeit curtailed by work commitments, as expected, on a frequent basis). Pro bono work and corporate social responsibility involvement are a real focus of management and participation is encouraged."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture in general is friendly and cooperative, with a very collegiate atmosphere amongst the trainees, certainly. There is, however, a definite sense of hierarchy, with some junior associates doing more to enforce this than senior partners. After hours there is a lot of socialising amongst the trainees which makes for fun Friday evenings, but less so across the rest of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The social scene is open to all, yet there is never an obligation to participate or attend organised events. The firm funds and encourages a number of sports teams and after-work activities, but fully recognises that its staff often enjoy their own social lives away from the office."
Second year trainee, London
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