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Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time

    Pros

    Respectful business environment
    35 hour week

    Cons

    stressful at times
    difficult career advancement

    Advice to Management

    get feedback from your employers regularly


  2. "Fun firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun pace to work at, lots of celebrations/events happen at the firm for all staff.
    People are generally nice and there is low turnover.

    Cons

    Most of the lawyers are reasonably nice. Some are a bit more difficult.

  3. "Law Clerk"

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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.


  4. "law clerk"

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    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


  5. "Associate"

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    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


  6. "Legal Assistant"

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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


  7. "Senior Legal Assistant"

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    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

  8. "Great Job!"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Everyone Works Hard, But Processes Make It Difficult"

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    • 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.


  10. "Excellent Employer"

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    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


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