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Stikeman Elliot Reviews

Updated June 8, 2018
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  1. "Marketing Coordinator"

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

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing group of people to work with
    - opportunities to advance
    - fun and rewarding company to work for, felt appreciated and loved that it gives back to worthy causes

    Cons

    - sometimes challenging to work for multiple groups as your getting pulled in multiple directions
    - uncomfortable segregation between lawyers and office staff


  2. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Administrative Assistant in Bolton, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Administrative Assistant in Bolton, TN

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technical training and support system.

    Cons

    Workload expectations can be unrealustic in some teams and the backup support is not always available to assist.

  3. "Absolute worst experience ever!"

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

    Pros

    For the most part, nice folks working there, sport staff is collaborative in its efforts.

    Cons

    - Environment full of toxicity
    - Very authoritarian management style - our way or the highway
    - Empty promises, misleading expectations
    - If you're not a lawyer there, you count for pretty much nothing
    - Keep far away if you want to maintain your sanity

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes very wide! There's a very good reason turnover is so high at Stikeman.


  4. "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Stikeman Elliot full-time

    Pros

    -good culture/environment
    -fulfilling; people are friendly

    Cons

    -hours can vary and be stressful at times


  5. "Decent work environment / Lacks creativity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time

    Pros

    Great building, nice offices, decent pay and salaries. The marketing team collaborated well.

    Cons

    Due to the pre-existing brand and culture of the firm, there was little room for creativity. Projects became monotonous.

    Advice to Management

    The distinction between lawyers and "non-lawyers" is quite apparent and decreases work morale.


  6. "Absolutely Horrendous"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Building in Vancouver is very nice

    Cons

    Staff are absolutely miserable as everyone works long hours for little reward. The lawyers are hierarchical and have no respect for company culture or work/life balance. The Vancouver office will be the most miserable experience of your life - stay away.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many problems with the Vancouver office to even make any suggestions...such a horrible environment.


  7. "Great people, but not an environment for everyone"

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

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with at Stikeman (in the real estate group) were incredibly smart, detail-oriented and motivated. The firm has a good mentorship program and offers resources to help handle a large workload, like assistants and an administrative services centre. There are many benefits to working at a large Bay St firm like Stikeman - to me, it was the smart people, salary, perks (like bonuses, retreats and being able to expense meals when working late) and experience.

    Cons

    This is a classic Bay St law firm environment. Billing time is stressful, whether you are working a lot or not enough. It can be very hard to make and keep plans. Many times you are forced to juggle so many files that you have no choice but to work late for weeks, if not months, on end to meet all your deadlines. I personally did not find the work interesting or motivating enough to keep dealing with the intensity and unpredictability of this work environment.

    Advice to Management

    I truly don't know. This is a systemic industry problem.

  8. "Great work experience but firm culture is lacking"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work experience
    - Some exceptional lawyers

    Cons

    - Starting at the very top, the firm is very impersonal with lawyers working beside one another for years without knowing one another's names.

    Advice to Management

    - Starting at the top, encourage senior lawyers to mix and engage with more junior lawyers.


  9. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Coworkers, Staff appreciation Events, Good Benefits.

    Cons

    HR can and will bully. Toxic environment when it comes to work politics. Turnover is high.


  10. "Great workplace, great people"

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

    I worked at Stikeman Elliot full-time

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people working on interesting, challenging mandates. Great perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, some people may find the work stressful.


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