Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current staff member

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience but wouldn't want to go back!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    Pros

    - variety of areas of law
    - nice people

    Cons

    - long hours
    - flawed review process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - learn to foster diversity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop. Avoid.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Hands-on, in-depth, no work-life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Articling Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Articling Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hands-on experience. Lawyers on the corporate side are truly committed to the articling students development and provide an appropriately styled learning environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance may suffer while articling here, but that is standard for the industry and articling generally.

    More contact with the student director and student committee would be a plus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased monitoring of the articling students time and lawyer demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Firm in Toronto

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant, Securities & Capital Markets in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant, Securities & Capital Markets in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    They are really no pros to working at this firm. They vet their staff as though they are criminals and upon leaving the firm, they don't allow their lawyers/law clerks to provide verbal references to the staff under threat of reprimand. If they weren't a legal firm and impossible to prosecute, they would be out of business.

    Cons

    - Legal Assistants have to use the cheapest supplies or inadequate resources.
    - No floaters to cover sick or vacation leave.
    - Staff are expendable and anything you do that is considered by a lawyer or anyone of higher rank to be in appropriate means immediate dismissal. Furthermore, they lie about the reason for your dismissal and make you sign a waiver that you will not sue the company. As incentive to sign the waiver, they offer you two weeks pay, and as a newly unemployed person with bills and a mortgage, most people take the money.

    - There is absolutely NO job stability. People that worked at BLG for 25 years were let go for no reason, without warning or other disciplinary action.

    - By far the worst part about working at BLG - their recruitment process is like trying to enter the pentagon. You must undergo a criminal record check, a CREDIT CHECK (it's true), and at least 2 references must be called and spoken to. HOWEVER - should you leave the firm, they REFUSE to allow their lawyers to give legal assistants a referral!! HR will give you a letter stating the dates you worked and your basic job description. That's it! If a lawyer is caught giving a reference for someone, they are reprimanded.

    This is by far THE WORST LAW FIRM IN TORONTO. Don't work there!!! It's not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value your staff more and treat people with respect. The working environment amongst the assistants is toxic because of how unhappy everyone is. And not letting lawyers give referrals?? DISGUSTING!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Admin staff are not valued in this firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    From the point of view of an administrative employee, many of the lawyers are very appreciative of good staff - more than I encountered in my previous firm.

    Cons

    Exceptionally poor management. HR is typically unresponsive when asked for assistance - worst I've ever seen. A bit like a sweatshop in some regards ... expected to churn out the work and not complain. An HR overhaul is badly needed. Pay is low compared with other very large firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While "it begins with service", you need admin staff to assist with servicing your clients. Care about your people and show an interest in keeping them happy and loyal by responding when contacted. We are PEOPLE, not numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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