A DIVERSE WORKFORCE celebrates multicultural milestones such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and carnival at this global law firm, with drummers and dancers adding to the party atmosphere. Baker & McKenzie’s London office is the largest of its operations in 47 countries around the world, with 785 people on staff.
A recent change at the top has seen Alexander Chadwick take over as managing partner from Paul Rawlinson, who has become chairman. The firm was founded in 1949 with four lawyers and big ambitions, and still has an eye on the future. Staff can earn up to £10,000 for referring a new recruit.
More than half of the workforce earns over £55,000 and staff rate the company highly for the Fair Deal they receive, the firm’s best factor in our survey, with a score of 69% positive, a top-20 ranking. Employees are happy with their pay and benefits (73%).
There are plenty of opportunities for staff to have fun (79%) while keeping fit, including football, cricket and netball teams, a rugby sevens series and weekly yoga classes. People say the firm encourages charitable activities (88%), donating £105,000 to good causes last year, 40% from employees competing in runs, marathons and abseiling challenges.
Baker & McKenzie clearly cares about the environment (72%). The firm built a green roof in 2013, which creates a habitat for wildlife.
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At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss
Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees
companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees
Companies offering private health insurance for all employees
At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative
Companies offering profit related pay to all employees
Companies who provide support for non-work related training
School hours contracts offered to staff
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