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We bring them in but dont necessarily integrate them

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it wants to do with laterals. We bring them in, but don’t necessarily integrate them well with teams of attorneys/ partners. Laterals and new hires find themselves asking partners for work, as opposed to being part of a common group working together.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Baker & Hostetler is a friendly firm and a good place to build a long-term career, especially since associates say that making partner here is actually a realistic goal. Many associates would appreciate more in the way of formal training—and market compensation. New York associates in particular are concerned about the firm’s plans once the massive Madoff engagement ends. Satisfaction • “Baker is a collegial environment with great clients and provides you with great litigation experience, which is exactly why I lateraled over. My only downfall with satisfaction is that the firm lacks some resources that a firm of this caliber and size should have.” • “I enjoy the work and feel I am fairly compensated. Our firm’s culture and work-life balance really separates it apart from other firms of comparable size.” • “Great people and interesting work. Relatively flexible schedule and supportive of family obligations and vacations. Very supportive of networking opportunities. New initiatives to provide further training to associates are excellent. Only real negative is that the firm recently changed its partnership track and the new standards for promotion are not clear.”
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 520 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP • “I’m very happy with my job. The people I work with and the training I get are unlike anywhere else I can imagine. The job gives me a lot of responsibility and a lot of flexibility which I value greatly.” Firm Culture • “Baker tends to be, on the whole, a very friendly and relaxed environment. The firm prides itself on ‘Midwest’ values, and tends not to have the elitist, sharp-elbowed, competitive feel that many other BigLaw firms seem to have. Many associates are older and have their own established social circles, families, etc. The firm will put on social events every month or couple of months but not many take place outside of that. Everyone at the firm knows each other and is friendly, but those friendships don’t often reach beyond the workplace.” • “Associates and Partners interact in firm-scheduled functions, as well as informal lunches and get-togethers. Mentor/mentee relationships are important and encouraged by management. Additionally, I have made friends amongst the staff and associates that have carried into my life outside of the firm.” • “Baker Hostetler is a breath of fresh air from the typical large firm environment. As a new mother, my colleagues have been supportive and flexible. All attorneys, women and men alike, enjoy a great deal of flexibility in work schedule, while still be expected to maintain a rigorous billable hour requirement. Face-time in the office, while appreciated, is not a requirement. I find that the majority of the attorneys
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