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Legal Aid Ontario Reviews

Updated November 10, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Very stable employment but not great for non-lawyers"

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

    Pros

    Minimum 3 weeks vacation. Health/Dental/Life Insurance. Pension matching +.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Old-school managers. A lot of managers are lawyers and not ... managers. A bit disjointed as far as inter-departmental communication. But it's not nearly as bad as other organizations.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed and stress free environment.

    Cons

    No cons really, didn't stay there long enough to see what advancement opportunities looked like.

  8. "Statistics"

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

    Pros

    It`s a good environment to work. Offices are located right in downtown Toronto.

    Cons

    I don`t think there are any cons. May be I would say we do not have training here. We could use some training sessions about different tools that are useful for the job.


  9. "Great people who are underappreciated"

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    Former Employee - Duty Counsel in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Duty Counsel in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - good work hours
    - providing an important public service
    - interesting clients
    - never a boring day
    - Opportunities to work at different courthouses

    Cons

    Duty counsel do not get paid well at all. Its tough because your clients often are poor and many of them actually do legitimately commit crimes, so its a question of how much do we as taxpayers want to pay for some homeless shoplifter's right to legal defence. I loved my time here, that being said it was obvious to me that the lawyers felt underpaid. It was all they talked about!

    Advice to Management

    - Give them the right to collective bargaining
    - Pay them 10K more and they'll shut up
    - Pay them more
    - Pay them more


  10. "Great Employment, lots of opportunities for advancement, kind people, good pay... but wage freezes."

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

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

    Pros

    Unionized, laid back work atmosphere, kind people, good community to work in, 8-4pm hrs

    Cons

    wage freezes, slow pay scale increase ($10k over 5yrs)

    Advice to Management

    Don't take bonus from government, then ask for wage freeze for rest of staff.


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