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7.0 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The hours are very long as there is so much work for juniors/trainees. The firm is flexible and my old department gave me occasional days off and sent me home early if I had put in a particularly long slog, but my current department just doesn't have that luxury and everyone is working exceptionally hard. Thankfully, it's great work!"
First year trainee, London
"It's largely very flexible, but this can be department specific."
Second year trainee, London
"Bakers is pretty flexible. Deadlines have to be met, but if staying at work late isn't strictly necessary then there's no requirement to do so."
First year trainee, London
"You obviously have to work hard as it's a City law firm and hours vary a lot between departments but there is no working late for the sake of it. If you have to get away for something, people are normally good about it and consistently super-late hours aren't common."
Second year trainee, London
"My current seats have included heavily fluctuating hours depending on what stage of the deal I am working on. That said, there is no face-time culture at the firm and trainees are trusted to do the work that's needed without being constantly scrutinized or forced to work long hours when it isn't necessarily needed."
First year trainee, London
"My hours are generally from 9.00 am until 9.00 pm. Agile working is accommodated for, so you are able to work from home in the evenings when it is not necessary to stay in the office, which helps."
First year trainee, London
"I am in one of the best departments for hours so my experience is not representative of the whole firm. I come in at 9.30 am and leave on average at 6.30 pm. There are days when I leave at 6.00 pm or even 5.30 pm and there are days when I stay till about 8.00 pm or have to log back in when I get home. For a corporate law job, that's pretty great. The flexibility really depends on the deal at hand. Some things just have to be finished that day and others can be pushed. Where things can be pushed, the people I've worked with have all been pretty happy to extend deadlines and so on."
First year trainee, London
"My hours have been very flexible, with holiday being an easy thing to book."
First year trainee, London

2018

"There are days when it can be very busy, but this is not all of the time and there is no expectation that you will be working long hours. Lots of the senior people work very flexibly so the firm is very understanding."
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary massively among trainees. It's easy to leave shortly after 6.00 pm every day in some departments while others will have regular late nights. If you have something you really need to go to then it will usually be fine to go. We also have laptops so we can finish things at home if needed."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be consistently long if you're within a transaction but they do vary from week to week and department to department. No one gets out at 5.00 pm but, compared to the experiences of trainees at other City firms, the hours are fairly reasonable given the work involved. The only thing to expect is not to be able to make many long-term commitments on weekday evenings. Trainees are encouraged to go home if they are in control of their workload and not to wait around for appearances' sake."
First year trainee, London
"I can only think of two instances when I have had to take on more than I was comfortable with during my 15 months at the firm."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"Agile working is not available to trainees unfortunately."
Second year trainee, London
"You don't apply for a training contract in a top global law firm if you want to work 9.00 am to 5.00 pm."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is flexible to a point and we have the ability to work from home on occasion. The firm gives you autonomy and trusts you to get your billables and work done within deadlines without being overly prescriptive about fixed hours. There are occasions where long days are required but there is no strict face-time culture requiring you to be in late if there is no urgent work to be completed."
First year trainee, London
"When compared to others in the legal profession, my hours have been great. I am also given a surprising amount of flexibility with how I allocate my time and plan my schedule."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees cannot work from home, save for special circumstances (train strikes, appointments etc). However, all trainees have laptops so often work from home in the evenings if required."
Second year trainee, London

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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