At Baker Donelson, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 800 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.87. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 17979 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People celebrate special events around here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
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 the 60th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of 650+ attorneys and public policy advisors representing 30+ practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 20 offices to serve any legal and policy need. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee US Sites: 20
Major Locations: Nashville, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; Houston, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Washington, District of Columbia US Employees: 1,338
US Revenues: $334.1 million Worldwide Revenues: $334.1 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1888

A group of coworkers takes advantage of our paid volunteer time to spruce up a local garden.

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 8 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 hard to find and expensive. 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 for male and female attorneys 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, wallyball -- 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. We are consistently ranked as the #1 most transparent firm in Vault surveys of law firm associates.
  • Year-End Bonus: 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.
  • Holiday Bonus: The holiday season can wreak havoc on bank accounts, so we gift employees with a little extra just before the holiday shopping season.
  • 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 attorneys 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. Even 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.


$60,821 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Legal Secretary $128,474 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 3% of an employee's salary86% Company-paid health coverage for employees (non-attorneys; PPO)
88% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 86% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $1,871 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance for retirees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Long-term care insurance to employees


  • Free snacks during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Subsidized public transportation
We LOVE our adopted schools.


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 18 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
52 weeks Paid sabbatical 18 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 1 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Telecommute option (3% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)


85 days Job-protected maternity leave52 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
69 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take15 days Job-protected paternity leave
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
50 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents43 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. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


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


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (at some locations)
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

24 hours Paid time off to volunteer $8,446,441 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • 'Chair of Diversity' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Employees reentering the workforce
  • 20 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Linda Klein (center) is surrounded by coworkers and colleagues after being named President of the American Bar Association.


Our CEO is surrounded by fellow Memphis Grizzlies fans and lots of food collected for the local food bank.

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?

Interested candidates should visit the careers page on our website,  

hiring Outlook

220 Job openings forecast for coming year -3% Job Growth
32 Average applicants per opening 6,075 Applications received
263 Positions filled in past year 11% New hires by employee referrals
28 New positions created 71 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 27 New graduates hired
9% 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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