Blake, Cassels & Graydon Reviews

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon  Managing Partner Rob Granatstein
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41 Ratings
Pros
  • "Nice people to work with, friendly(in 4 reviews)

  • "Smart, dedicated lawyers and staff(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Not a collegial environment between lawyers and staff(in 7 reviews)

  • "Staff retention is deteriorating along with work-life balance(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      May 16, 2022 - Staff Lawyer in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Leadership is excellent, flexible, and committed to helping you accomplish growth goals

      Cons

      Work can be a little monotonous at times

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work!

      May 17, 2022 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good culture, friendly place to work

      Cons

      None that I can think of

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good company to work for

      May 16, 2022 - IT Technician 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Helpful teammates and good work life balance

      Cons

      No clear career development path

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pretty good work culture

      May 15, 2022 - Legal Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diverse workplace Staff willing to help

      Cons

      Sometimes not enough staff hired for additional help

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great lawyers

      May 9, 2022 - Associate in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart lawyers and lots of different practice areas

      Cons

      Lots of different personalities to work with and preferences

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Clerk

      May 4, 2022 - Clerk in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Okay pay and benefits then

      Cons

      Pay could be better then

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      For Big Bay Law - Best Place to Be

      Feb 18, 2022 - Lawyer in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great and reasonable people; down to earth, understanding

      Cons

      high stress job; can be long hours

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent benefits, good coworkers, sub-par workplace culture

      Feb 15, 2022 - Reference Librarian 
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      Pros

      As a large professional services firm, the organization is well set up to offer a decent extended health benefits plan to full-time employees, and they do. They offered a free ergonomic assessment of the workspace and (for example) provided a standing desk to those who needed it. Free coffee and tea was available on-site from around 7 am until around 6 pm, and there was also a free snack provided once a week (this was pre-pandemic; it may have since changed). Flu shot clinics were offered yearly. Colleagues in the library and on non-legal teams with whom I worked closely were largely excellent and there was great teamwork and cooperation. The firm certainly has longevity; they did very well during the pandemic.

      Cons

      As a large corporate law firm, there is a firm unspoken social hierarchy. Partners are at the top, followed by senior associates, then early career associates, then law clerks, law students and legal assistants. Non-legal staff are essentially an administrative line item, and while lawyers make it clear they rely heavily on their services, they are not treated as intellectual equals whose labour and expertise are valued, even those non-legal staff who have advanced degrees, such as research librarians and consultants on the business intelligence team, who typically have advanced degrees. The demands are very high both in terms of coverage required and workload, and the job often feels thankless. Work-life balance: my team often received requests on weekends or in the middle of the night from lawyers who were surprised or put out when we didn't answer until 8 am Monday morning. We were consistently asked to extend our hours of coverage and complete large research projects with short turnaround times. I received verbal abuse from a lawyer on two separate occasions. My team lost 1/4 of its staff across all national offices to an unexplained mass layoff during the pandemic, despite the firm having one of its most lucrative years in decades.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work!

      Jan 5, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Blakes values their employees and there are lots of fun perks.

      Cons

      Work/life balance is a bit undervalued.

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Stressful

      Jan 20, 2022 - Analyst in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The team I worked with were really nice.

      Cons

      Workload unmanageable, rude lawyers, high stress job

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    Blake, Cassels & Graydon has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 107 reviews left anonymously by employees. 83% of employees would recommend working at Blake, Cassels & Graydon to a friend and 81% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Blake, Cassels & Graydon employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Blake, Cassels & Graydon. This rating has improved by 8% over the last 12 months.

    83% of Blake, Cassels & Graydon employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Blake, Cassels & Graydon 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.2 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

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