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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Reviews

Updated 7 November, 2018
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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. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. 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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible working hour and transportaion

    Cons

    poor management, poor team work and lack of transparancy

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Bilingual Accounting Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Bilingual Accounting Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Bilingual Accounting Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a great team in the Accounting when I joined, but after couples of months, they hired relative in same team and no more team spirit, no support.

    Cons

    Its good to start a career but then have to move and look for better, the cost of living is rising and only 10 dollars increment bi-monthly.

    Advice to Management

    Some members of the Management team need be trained and understand leadership skills, know what is empathy. It is not only employees who need training, they also need to refresh their memories and think out box.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "It's not all it's cracked up to be"

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

    Pros

    It's a job that helps pay the bills.

    Cons

    Lots of favouritism and bullying. If an HR manager doesn't like you, say good bye to ever getting a promotion or feeling safe with your job. HR lacks professionalism. You will be worked to the bone and then barely given a thank you. The pay is kind of low too especially if you haven't been with the company for decades.

    Advice to Management

    FYI, employees that don't have their own offices are important too.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Well managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is cutting edge. People are friendly and happy. Lots of long time employees. Great lawyers.

    Cons

    Internal opportunities are not always given to those most qualified. Good for entry level people. Experienced individuals take a back seat presumably because they are not valued

    Advice to Management

    Retain good staff by recognizing valuable employees. Jobs are not always about how much can be done and for how little. Frustration is costly


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