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6.9 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2015)

2015

"I've sat in a transactional seat so far, which means that the hours go up and down depending on the individual matters that you're working on, but in general I have found that Baker & McKenzie have been pretty good about any personal commitments that I had during busy periods."
First year trainee, London
"There isn't a 'face-time' culture here, so if your work is completed by 6:00pm then you are encouraged to go home."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are varying, and I tend to be at work until 7:00-8:00pm, but these working hours are what I expected."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours do vary from department to department, for instance one of my seats was excellent for hours, another pretty good and another was not good for me. However, people are often very grateful for hard work, so the extra hours that I have worked have been appreciated."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours are generally 9:30am-7:00/7:30pm, and I have worked late hours at times, people do respect the need for a work/life balance and will try not to keep you unnecessarily."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that the working hours are fairly flexible; obviously it is an international city firm so hours will not be perfect, but people are generally understanding of plans and the fact that we have lives outside of the office."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been happy with my experience of working hours at Baker & McKenzie, and they are generally from 9:15am-7:00/7:30pm."
First year trainee, London
"I have been busy at work throughout my time at the firm, but I see that partners and associates always go out of their way to thank you, and arrange time off in lieu or events to make up for it."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"It really depends on the department but the firm is generally flexible. However, late nights are a regularity in a couple of departments."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours have varied tremendously but by and large I am able to leave the office around 7:00pm."
Second year trainee, Brussels
"The hours in my current seat are really good, I leave most days between 6 and 7:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"I'm doing a corporate seat at the moment so the hours can be long when deadlines are approaching, but it's nothing unexpected. The hours are considerably more regular in most other departments."
First year trainee, London
"In most departments there is no 'face-time' - but as with any firm, when the pressure is on you have to work late nights and weekends. Some departments have tougher hours than others."
Second year trainee, London
"Although long hours are often necessary, there is no culture of 'face-time' at Bakers. If you do not have work to be doing, you leave. Additionally, the firm places great importance on time off and tries to encourage trainees to use all of their annual leave."
Second year trainee, London
"My work hours in corporate have been rather up and down, with some 2:00am finishes and some days leaving at 6:00pm. There is no culture of 'face-time' so when it is quiet, you can leave at around 6:00pm without comment."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very reasonable when it comes to personal commitments and balancing interests outside the office with work. This varies across departments, however many are flexible when work permits."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee, it is possible to work from home if the circumstances require this. There is no 'face-time' culture."
Second year trainee, London
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