At Baker Donelson, 89 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 706 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.22. It was published on Sep 6, 2018. 29249 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People celebrate special events around here.
I am offered training or development to further myself professionally.

What They Do

We asked Baker Donelson to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

As one of the 60th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of 750+ attorneys and public policy advisors representing 30+ practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve any legal and policy need. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee, 38103 US Sites: 22
Major Locations: Nashville, Tennessee, 37201; Birmingham, Alabama, 35203; Jackson, Mississippi, 39211; Atlanta, Georgia, 30326; New Orleans, Louisiana, 70170; Baltimore, Maryland, 21202; Orlando, Florida, 32801; Houston, Texas, 77010; Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37450; Washington, District of Columbia, 20001 US Employees: 1,416
US Revenues: $392 million Worldwide Revenues: $392 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1888

Attendees at our Diversity Retreat client event meet and mingle.

Perks and Programs

We asked Baker Donelson to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Paid Volunteer Time: Employees rave about this perk that offers eight hours of paid time to volunteer. Our dedicated committee members can earn up to 24 hours of paid volunteer time.
  • Free Parking or Public Transportation: If you've ever worked in a metropolitan area, you know parking is expensive and hard to find. We pay for every employee's parking, and if they choose to take public transportation instead, we pay for it.
  • Industry-Leading Parental Leave Policy: Our policy allows for 16 weeks of paid leave as well as intermittent leave following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.
  • Recess @ Work: Once a month for one hour, our people are invited to put on their tennis shoes and play like a kid again. We love kickball, dodge ball, scavenger hunts, water balloon fights, - really anything that allows us to play like kids again!
  • Yoga/Massage @ Work: Sometimes you just need time away from your desk dedicated to relaxation. Some of our offices bring the relaxation to our people with yoga, massage, and even reflexology.
  • Culture of Transparency: This may sound like an odd "perk," but it's virtually unheard of in a law firm environment. Attorneys are privy not only to summary data on the Firm's performance, but to key financial metrics. The track for associates to make shareholder (partner) is shared and attorneys know where they are "tiered" for compensation purposes. Our CEO is known for his candor at "town hall" style meetings across the Firm, and was even ranked by Law360 as one of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners for his candor and openness.
  • Year-End Bonus AND Holiday Bonuses: If the Firm has a good year, we share the wealth. Employees (not just attorneys) get a nice chunk of change when we reach our financial goal. The holiday season can wreak havoc on bank accounts, so we gift employees with a little extra just before the holiday shopping season, as well.
  • $500 Health Incentive: If employees make certain commitments to leading a healthier lifestyle, we'll knock off $500 from their health premium,
  • Flex Time, Telecommuting, and Modified Office Schedules: While the Firm expects the highest commitment to the practice of law, it also supports the desire of its people to balance a challenging professional career with their personal lives and other outside interests and responsibilities. With advances in technology, many of our employees are able to work remotely to serve our clients better. And those without revised schedules are offered flexibility when needed.
  • BakerCares, Inc: This one speaks to our culture of caring. Employees donate money to our 501c3 which is used to support employees during times of crisis. Employees also donate PTO to help those who are going through a tough time.


$65,111 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Legal Secretary $138,338 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate
86% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for staff) 81% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for staff)
84% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$1,762 Average Tuition Reimbursement
Our top fundraiser representing at the Walk to End ALZ


28 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 27 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
19 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 52 weeks Paid sabbatical after 1 year(s) of employment
28 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 27 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (1% use it)
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (51% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (massages, reflexology, yoga, dry cleaning, free snacks and drinks, car detailing, mail/package assistance)


85 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 70 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take15 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
15 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*12 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
85 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*70 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

24 hours Paid time off to volunteer $8,360,089 Philanthropic donations in last year
Shareholder Leads environmental impact team Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Shareholder and Chair of Diversity oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 20 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Celebrating success.


We celebrate our Firmwide award winners at the CEO Circle.

How to Get Hired

We asked Baker Donelson for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Baker Donelson hires individuals who understand the powerful processes and intricacies of the law, hold themselves to the highest ethical standards, and who represent honesty, integrity, and quality. Our recruits have established a proven track record of academic and personal achievement and  believe in the culture of our Firm: we work hard and play hard, we put clients first, and we treat every individual with respect. We look for people who are dedicated to professional growth and who will stop at nothing to deliver top-notch service to our internal clients (co-workers) and external clients. We have found that our most successful people share a core set of competencies; attorneys who are intelligent, professional, diverse, civic-minded, and creative bring value to our clients and help us continue to build one of the best and most progressive law practices in the United States.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Our hiring goes beyond academic achievements.  Our goal is to recruit professionals who are independent thinkers and have the ability to work well in a collaborative and collegial environment.  We attract people who will take the time to understand our clients' businesses and work with them as partners in a setting which encourages creative thinking and aggressive problem solving.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Please visit our website, 

hiring Outlook

200 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -5% Job Growth
17 Average applicants per opening 3,738 Total job applicants
7% New hires by employee referrals 27% Openings filled by current employees
16 Recent graduates hired 8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
14% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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