Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. MIS Department

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    Pros

    Good benefits, good location. Opportunity for training.

    Cons

    Extreme politics and in-fights. Excessive work load.


  2. Sweat shop...work and sweat shop pay scale..ESPECIALLY if you are staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Practice Group Business Development Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Practice Group Business Development Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work inside and they turn the heat and A/C on.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Favoritism to vertain types of "employees" think diversity ;) if you understand where this is going.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good people and pay them. When staff go above and beyond and save you millions of dollars. A $300 bonus and a carrot muffin just doesnt cut it!

    But keep doing what you're doing b/c the chaffe will stay and the wheat will leave on to bogger and better things.


  3. Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality work and training opportunities for junior associates.

    Cons

    Glass ceilings and bullying not addressed in any real way. Blind eyes are turned.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working here, the people are great, I always felt appreciated.

    Cons

    When I decided to make a move I realized I was grossly under paid in comparison to my colleagues, I fought many times to get a fair increase and it just never happened.

    Advice to Management

    I understand Calgary is a tough market to remain competitive in, however, if you want to maintain quality staff, proper salary increases may be a good start.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre firm with good intentions

    Former Employee - Lawyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a friendly group of people who for the most part have good intentions. Lawyers are valued much more than the admin staff who are treated as commodities.

    Cons

    High levels of turnover, no real leadership. Very conservative place to work and people get frustrated trying to make the firm a better place, only to be met with bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Management should take more time to listen to everyone, not just the partners. Sometimes partners have only their own best interests, and not that of the firm.


  7. Helpful (3)

    IT Staff: Good experience overall. Psychologically unhealthy work environment due to management personality traits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, exposure to cutting-edge technology, great benefits, great people, very busy environment, very appreciative "clients" - i.e. staff and lawyers.

    Cons

    Fear of making a mistake/displeasing the boss is the teamwork's driving force. It stalls projects and requires unnecessary long paper trails for justification of any action. Micromanagement. Work environment that nurtures emotional detachment form the result of your work.

    Advice to Management

    Tyranny is not the only form of management, it is destructive and not sustainable in long term.


  8. Current staff member

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Dingy and dirty physical premises - at least where I work. We are just bodies here, not people with any value to the firm. Very impersonal. No appreciation for consistent above-average effort. HR department is unresponsive to issues. Pay is low compared to similar firms.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as valued employees and not just with a gift during Staff Appreciation Week. Reward efforts. Don't assume all staff have the same worth. Have dusting done more than twice a year. Pretend we deserve it.


  9. Great experience but wouldn't want to go back!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - variety of areas of law
    - nice people

    Cons

    - long hours
    - flawed review process

    Advice to Management

    - learn to foster diversity


  10. Great experience, fast-paced, made me want more

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    Pros

    Best thing about working for a big firm is that most technologies are state of the art.

    Cons

    Sometimes a corporate environment can get pretty negative.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Sweatshop. Avoid.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary. Lawyers in some practice groups seem to be more genuine than in the others.

    Cons

    The company lacks culture, vision or goals. Seems to be like a collection of professionals busy surviving on a day-to-day basis....Lots of sharp elbows and backstabbing is prevalent. Partners hoard the work. The associates fight for the dwindling number of hours with few opportunities to learn and advance.

    Basically, it is "Wild Wild West...." Beware and enter at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just focus on PEP or top line revenues on an annual basis...Look at the future and create (or share?) strategies on where the firm will be in 10 years from now. Focus on homegrown talents instead of looking for laterals.



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