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Gowlings Lafleur Henderson Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "Law Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Law Clerk in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Law Clerk in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and good benefits

    Cons

    Not sure what to say here.


  2. "law clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great staff and lawyers - fun team environment

    Cons

    long hours and not great pay - no opportunity to move laterally either


  3. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay but bonus can be very dicretionary

    Cons

    Much depends on who you work for


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  5. "Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits with pension matching after 2 years

    Cons

    Low salary with many take per day


  6. "Senior Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Office Administrator, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Office Administrator, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, a lot of good people, great location downtown

    Cons

    Low yearly remuneration increases, bonuses non-existent most years

    Advice to Management

    Increase yearly remuneration, base such increases on merit rather than on a "across the board" approach, bonuses should be given to staff based on merit - not on years of service


  7. "Great Job!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This job was great and very busy. Lots of positive energy helped the day's go by fast. They had very good hours and holidays.

    Cons

    There were not too many cons actually. Sometimes had to work late or through lunch to get a job done, but never really a problem.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone Works Hard, But Processes Make It Difficult"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The majority of the firm are a pleasure to work with.
    Lawyers are receptive to ideas from all levels of the firm.
    The professionals are a friendly group and don't live up to negative stereotype.
    A casual work environment that runs counter to the usual perception of a 'stuffy law firm'

    Cons

    There is a palatable distrust between staff and management.
    There is frequent turnover at the legal assistant level. Professionals are not involved in the hiring and interview process of their own assistants.
    Assistants are often asked to work for many lawyers.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has a tendency to micro-manage.
    Lawyers, in particular, should be involved in the hiring of their own assistants. Could reduce assistant turnover.


  9. "Excellent Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Support Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely atmosphere
    Great support
    Enjoyable professionals
    Clean work environment
    Well paid
    Staff really appreciated

    Cons

    No obvious downsides, as a support person for the professionals I felt valued and well rewqarded.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on valuing staff


  10. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good community involvement
    - Very interesting work
    - Opportunities for advancement
    - Innovative firm

    Cons

    - Long hours of work
    - Very competitive environment
    - Average pay
    - Could do better in terms of diversity (but the company acknowledges that)

    Advice to Management

    Need to organize more meetings with the employees to discuss issues and find solutions.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Positive overall experience - great teams!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people, leadership and culture.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement, promotions and compensation increase.


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