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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Reviews

Updated 7 April, 2019
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  1. "Corporate"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great learning experience.

    Cons

    It's hard to say anything negative about this firm, they treated me very well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment, really good team.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, and depends only on the manager's wish.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. "Office Services Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and supervisors are extremely accommodating. Easy work and a great entry level position that looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Manage the responsibilities of the mailroom independently. It can get overwhelming at times


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Just Another Lawless LawFirm"

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    Former Employee - Administration
    Former Employee - Administration
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly fair hiring process. If you have the skills and qualifications, you have a good chance of getting a shot at the job. Unless they're hiring someone they know, of course.

    Cons

    - When you get your contract, get a lawyer to read it. It will have you sign away legal rights.

    -Honestly, as soon as you start, do everything possible to try to fit in to the poisonous environment. Working in administration, if a senior assistant or a lawyer dislikes you, which is quite easy, there will be no one to stand up for you. Your manager or director, or even HR, will turn the other way because they're afraid too, and let them go ahead and unilaterally fire you. HR will fire anyone that the lawyers or certain assistants point at. The amount of time you have worked does not matter.

    -HR has no power, since their bosses are the lawyers. There is not a disciplinary process before being fired. No verbal warning, no write up, no counseling, nothing. This is not the kind of company that cares about improving you as a professional or a person.

    -They feel because they are a law firm, like most law firms, they can fire you and count on you not getting a lawyer to defend your rights, which you may have signed away in the initial contract anyway. They count on you not knowing any better. And of course you'll get short changed on the severance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like disposable resources.
    People deserve more respect.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, very academic and driven

    Cons

    You have to fight for work. Pay lags behind the market. very cheap management. Will screw you out of what you’re owed, guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with more respect


  6. "Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time

    Pros

    Good team collaboration, very nice office environment, good benefits and perks

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, if you're not a lawyer prepare to always get the shorter end of the stick: benefits, bonuses, respect. If you're not on the associate/partner track, it is quite hard to move up.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunities, great mentors, very solid support structure.

    Cons

    High workload, consistent with large firms.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible place to work, think twice about taking a position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pros are that it has all the resources of a big firm - dedicated departments for accounting, printing, mailroom, marketing, etc.

    Good intranet system and IT seems to be trying to keep up with latest technology

    Good organization of electronic files with iManage document management system. Good training sessions for how to use various programs

    Cons

    The managers for assistants for the most part are absolutely terrible, one in particular who has schemed and lied their way to getting a number of people in trouble or fired under false circumstances. There's no recourse because going higher up the chain isn't useful because they all side with each other. Higher ups will dismiss your legitimate concerns and make you feel like you're not working hard enough or care about your job. Well it's hard to do your job properly when you have your immediate supervisor playing favorites and out to sabotage you. I didn't have it as bad as some of my former co-workers (who were unjustly fired), but the ridiculous childish office politics got to be too much. And it was time to leave especially when it seemed like every single move you made was watched. The micromanaging was ridiculous. You're treated like children who need to be monitored at all times

    It's shocking that a firm of this size and stature has administrative management that are so blatantly atrocious. Some of the lawyers even noticed the constant changes and turnover, and they were unhappy because this caused stability.

    The salary is extremely mediocre for a firm of this size. They don't match your experience, and the raise is nothing. It barely keeps up with inflation

    Last I heard, the instability and high turnover is getting worse

    Oh and they lie to you in your interview. They'll tell you that you don't have to be in a position you don't like, but that's nonsense. You get stuck especially when management has their favorites. Not all policies are applied equally

    Watch out for co-workers who are chummy with management. They will report what you say to them, and management will use that against you. This happened to someone I used to work with, and I was surprised

    Basically, don't trust anyone especially not HR

    Advice to Management

    Do something about the mediocre pay. Listen to the admin staff who are justified in their grievances with their immediate supervisors. Take a look at what the supervisors of assistants are doing and how they're treating their subordinates. You need to do some sort of anonymous survey for employees to freely discuss their concern without fear of retaliation. Your firm WILL suffer without a stable staff especially since some lawyers are catching on and are frustrated with this garbage


  9. "Great Law Firm"

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

    I worked at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Forward thinking, looks after its employees

    Cons

    sometimes a bit slow to work on job changes

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to employees, stop taking on too many projects and then not completing them properly


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and collegial.

    Cons

    Small increases make it hard to keep with market.