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



This review is based on 749 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.42. It was published on Aug 21, 2015. 17917 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.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
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.

We are a full service law firm with 19 offices across the Southeast and Washington, D.C. With more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, we are the 64th largest law firm in the United States.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
US Sites: 19 Major Locations: Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Jackson, MS; Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA
US Employees: 1376 US revenues: $319.19 million
Worldwide revenues: $319.19 million Founded: 1888
Industry: Professional Services

Employees play a friendly game of dodge ball during Recess @ Work

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 Community Service Time: Eligible employees receive 8 hours of paid time to work in their communities. Community service and green committee members receive an additional 8 hours of paid service time.
  • Health Premium Incentive: Baker Donelson offers a $500 health premium discount to employees who take steps toward healthier living.
  • Free Parking or Public Transit: Parking is at a premium, especially in some of our larger cities. No employee has to pay for parking and if he or she takes public transportation instead, we will pick up the tab.
  • Daily Docket: Every attorney and staff member in the entire Firm is assigned to a team. All teams meet every single day for 5 minutes to talk about client service, firm/office events, and to build strong working relationships with one another. It is a Firm favorite and has been a huge game changer for us.
  • New Parental Leave Policy: This policy allows for 16 weeks of leave for the primary caregiver in the 40 weeks surrounding birth, adoption or foster care of a child under six years of age. The policy's allowance for intermittent leave permits attorneys to continue to work and receive credit on an intermittent basis if he/she chooses. The Firm also trained Leave Advisors to provide new and expectant parents with a point person to help navigate the transitions before leave and the return. This policy allows for easier transitions for our attorneys, both men and women, and helps the Firm increase our percentages of women at the shareholder level by removing leaves as an obstacle to advancement.


$60,164 Average salary and additional cash compensation for legal secretary $128,808 Average salary and additional cash compensation for associate
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 3% of an employee's salary 89% Company-paid health coverage for employees
88% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 30 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage
$5250 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Personal concierge service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Banking
  • Subsidized public transportation
There is always something to celebrate at Baker Donelson!


28 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment 73 days Job protected maternity leave
50 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Paid sabbaticals
  • Flexible schedule (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Unpaid sabbaticals
  • Telecommute option (2% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (2% use it)
  • Elder care resources


  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Vision care
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
Summer Associates dress to win during their summer bowling game.


Employees serve dinner at a local Ronald McDonald House, the Firm's charity for 2015.

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?

Employees who can commit to our shared beliefs of integrity, diversity & inclusion, mutual respect, and support of one another for the good of our clients, will be a great fit. They should be prepared to put our clients first, always, and take service to clients and one another very seriously. We seek out employees who are intelligent (practical, problem-solvers, eager to learn), professional (conscientious, client-service oriented, thorough), team players (responsive, engaged, mentoring, respectful), and dedicated (civic-minded, empathetic, committed).

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Convey that you understand service to clients, including consistent and clear communication, is #1. Be a leader in your own right. Embrace culture and its importance to a Firm's success.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?


Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?


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

We invite interested candidates to visit the careers section of our website to view openings.

hiring Outlook

7% Job Growth 66 Average applicants per opening
7% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year 13675 Applicants in past year
397 Openings in past year 11% New hires by employee referrals

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