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Legal Aid Ontario Reviews

Updated July 30, 2018
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  1. "Staff lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Legal Aid Ontario full-time

    Pros

    Good professional and personal life balance. Personal fulfilment. Renumeration suprisingly quite ok for lawyers

    Cons

    Management not fully aware of what is happening on ground. No professional respect from some judges, JPs and private bars.


  2. "Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Statistical Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Statistical Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Legal Aid Ontario full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Can't think of any

  3. "LAO Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Legal Aid Ontario full-time

    Pros

    For frontline staff, you are helping the most vulnerable people in society.

    Cons

    No room to grow. Treat non-lawyers with no respect. HR is so unprofessional and have favourites.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who want to work and make a difference and have less personality disorders. There are non-lawyers in the organization that need to be treated with some respect too.


  4. "Not perfect, but good."

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Legal Aid Ontario full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, work/life balance, pension matching, relaxed pace, good people.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to changes and implement changes. Technologically behind among others.

    Advice to Management

    Take a deep look at implications in all aspects of the organization before starting new initiatives.


  5. "Not an "Equal Opportunity" Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Legal Aid Ontario full-time

    Pros

    - Good Salary
     - Good Benefits
     - Union Protection

    Cons

    - Job postings/interviews usually already have a candidate selected, but must go through the process to follow union rules
     - Management or promotions is based on tenure, not experience or qualifications
     - Management is extremely afraid of union protected employees and will usually give in to their demands or not comment on poor performance
     - Management is afraid to confront employees when dealing with low performance.

    Advice to Management

    - Identify poor performance employees and provide training.


  6. "It was good and collegial place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Legal Aid Ontario full-time

    Pros

    Nice friendly place to work with good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Red tape and constant e-mail and million managers

    Advice to Management

    No need for so many manager positions


  7. "Duty Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional development, adrenaline, public service.

    Cons

    Underpaid, overworked, scapegoated, maligned by private bar.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is competitive and the location of the central offices is very convenient for most people. If you are looking for a job that gives you benefits and job security, this may be the place for you.

    Cons

    Most staff is completely disengaged with their duties, they seem to have forgotten what Legal Aid is there for. Unfortunately, it meet every single stereotype of what people think of government agencies. There is a lot of close-knit circles of employees, and you would not get a promotion based on merit only.

    Advice to Management

    Management should ensure that the mental well-being of their staff is healthy. Asking questions such as 'are you doing ok?' and 'let me know if there is anything you need help with' does not mean management is caring enough.


  9. "Room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Legal Aid Ontario full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Management needs a more hands off approach on staff in order to give the employees a sense of fulfillment, as they know they are trusted to manage their own work. It helps foster creativity and growth in employees as it allows them to come up with solutions rather than being told what to do.

    Advice to Management

    Read above


  10. "Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Legal Aid Ontario full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Consistent income, good benefits and vacation time, opportunities for upgrading skills and learning new skills.

    Cons

    Very decentralized structure, poor communication between different locations doing the same work, office politics between duty counsel lawyers, lack of motivation to improve skills

    Advice to Management

    Duty counsel should be:
    1. contract positions and not full time payroll employees.
    2. work at different court locations during their contract


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