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Gilbert + Tobin Reviews

Updated Dec 25, 2018

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  1. "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work culture, friendly colleagues, dynamic and collaborative environment

    Cons

    Long working hours (although varies throughout the year and by practice group)

    Gilbert + Tobin2018-04-18
  2. "A lot to like, however..."

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work the partners bring in is top of the market and to work on this is a privilege, great experience. Lots of incredibly talents minds at all levels. Inclusive culture which celebrates each employee’s unique individual characteristics. The flat structure below partnership allows talented lawyers to get involved in complex deals early on in their careers.

    Cons

    Managing workflows so that no one person is overworked is an issue. The partners are incentivised to run lean teams. The churn of lawyer is inevitable unless the priorities shift from drawings to ensuring it’s a sustainable place to work in the long term. There was always far to muc work or far too little. The sense of relief on leaving is indicative of how the place is geared to benefit from the insecurities of some...

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    Advice to Management

    Put it place better measures to manage workflows for transactional work. Increase transparency and honesty regarding career progression and opportunities within the firm.

    Gilbert + Tobin2018-12-14
  3. "Generally a positive career experience but with its challenges"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly and down to earth people, brilliant and approachable partners in my practice group, high profile matters and clients (the work is just excellent), plenty of resources invested into support (ie plenty of paralegal, IT and Legal Technology support), excellent pay, senior management very accommodating and responsive to employee needs and a stunning office in Barangaroo.

    Cons

    Although leadership at partnership level is excellent and everyone is generally great to work with, there are a few senior lawyers who lack managerial skills entirely and exacerbate the pressures of the role. Hours are brutal like any top tier firm (its a misconception that G+T is mid tier - in practice it definitely is not, and I say this having worked in a “traditional” top tier prior) and very marginal room for error...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing soft skills at senior lawyer level and on retaining lawyers who already possess those skills

    Gilbert + Tobin2018-12-25
  4. "Do NOT work here - negative environment. Mental health is more important than any job"

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    Former Employee - Para Legal in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The partner I assisted was nice though.

    Cons

    A LOT of the girls at the Melbourne location are EXTREMELY rude and cliquey. Multiple girls crying in the bathrooms 24/7. Like high school. Management ADMITS there is an issue yet does nothing. Support staff quit regularly because of this, and other reasons. Also, they only have one IT guy in Melbourne (to save $). He’s really great but... don’t underestimate the stress that can come from lack of IT support - it was a...

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    Advice to Management

    Have some respect and be transparent in the hiring stage that your firm is a mess

    Gilbert + Tobin2018-10-11
  5. "Strong, growing firm. But.."

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work, top of the market remuneration. Excellent partners are some of best in their respective fields. No band structure so generally lawyers are given the work they can handle. Nice people.

    Cons

    Minimal support staff and a very lean ship, which probably explains remuneration. Training is good however it is very ad hoc.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training depth and structure for junior solicitors and add some support staff to allow juniors to focus on their work rather than admin tasks.

    Gilbert + Tobin2018-08-22
  6. "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great deals Lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Terrible hours Minimal training Not collegiate culture

    Gilbert + Tobin2018-07-03
  7. "Great people, challenging work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

      Pros

      - work is varied, interesting and challenging - people are bright, social and approachable - lots of training opportunities - flat hierarchy

      Cons

      Hours can be long, but that is expected in the industry

      Gilbert + Tobin2018-04-29
    • "Lawyer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Exposure to good quality work

      Cons

      lean teams, long hours, few resources

      Gilbert + Tobin2018-03-29
    • "PA"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great offices and brilliant colleagues. Top tier clients

      Cons

      Not as flexible/agile as led to believe, management and HR lacking

      Gilbert + Tobin2017-11-07
    • "Forward thinking and innovative top tier firm"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
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      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin part-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Non hierarchical environment Supports flexible work practices Forward thinking Diverse mix of people Office environment and well being benefits

      Cons

      Lean teams, doing more with less but typical of the industry Hours for some teams although flexible approach to hours when not busy

      Gilbert + Tobin2017-10-18
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