Gowlings Lafleur Henderson

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Gowlings Lafleur Henderson Reviews

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  1.  

    Satisfied but not thrilled

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

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - nice office
    - good benefits
    - freedom to work on projects
    - good team of people in own group/department (but fairly isolated from rest)

    Cons

    - lack of help and response from HR department
    - decisions take a long time to be made due to bureaucracy
    - upper management favours the lawyers (other positions are not important)
    - do not believe in paying more than competitors in order to keep their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive in pay in order to attract and keep high performing employees.
    Be more fair with non-lawyer positions. They are important too and should be treated with the same respect.
    Be more responsive to employees' inquiries.
    Actually implement the "one team, one vision" motto.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson

    Pros

    Company events like summer party, christmas party, etc.
    Lots of nice people
    Regular hours (most of the time)

    Cons

    Pay scales favour the partners. Support staff are not well compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More leadership is needed.

  3.  

    I have not enjoyed working at this firm.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working for my lawyers.

    Cons

    They are not a top tier firm and need to take a serious look at where they are headed. Lack of communication and no follow through on what they say they will do. Fortunately will be retiring in approx 2 years or I would be looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no team management and support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great team

    Cons

    Average salary. Purposely understaffed both for lawyers and support staff. This takes running "lean" to new levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major issues are starting to appear at the Montreal office. Many departures and burn-outs since the last quarter of 2013.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Its alright, but not terrific. Top employers list is not what it truly is.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Conditions are what I can live with.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape ... constantly adding pressure to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, it won't change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Overall great employer, but needs to work on creating growth opportunities

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

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, great management

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not pleasant to work at

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

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - ok files
    - very little pros

    Cons

    - poor mentorship
    - little culture
    - pay is lower than other national firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better to develop a culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    bad environment and pseudo culture

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

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    above average pay and good benefits

    Cons

    - lawyers think that they own you and very aggressive, only very few are nice
    - within my team: very unprofessional, lots of gossips and fake smiles, 90% of the team is either a manager or a director

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enough with the momentum nonsense and pay extra attention to the supporting staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Pretty good

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

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They care about their people and seem focused on employee retention

    Cons

    Pay was slighly lower than industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut grossly expensive overhead to pay staff more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    fantastic!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson

    Pros

    great people, challenging work, very supportive

    Cons

    no downsides. hours are great and people are great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work!

    Recommends

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