Legal assistant (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 8 October 2017
The pay and benefits were very good; the job was not worth it. HR is unsupportive (they fired the best IT guy ever because he wanted to go home - Australia - for a wedding) and socialization between support staff is discouraged with the exception of facilitated gatherings by a "social committee" which seem more like a management play-date. Staff are treated replaced constantly and the majority of partners are horrible to work for.
Work you to the bone and give you nothing in return
Marketing (Former Employee) – Toronto – 9 March 2018
Dentons is only interested in their public image and the dollar. Management is dysfunctional. Dentons is growing so fast, yet is not hiring more staff to support. On the flip side, teams are getting smaller and much more productivity is expected. You can work as hard as you want, you will not be rewarded. Bonuses and raises here are so low, it's like a sad joke.
People, flexibility, good location
Poor morale, extremely low raises and bonuses, long hours, bad management, no room for growth, poor communication, outdated technology, no appreciation
Legal Assistant (Current Employee) – Toronto – 21 February 2018
There are a number of other law firms with a better culture, work/life balance, salary grid, etc. The morale is low, management does little to combat that, partners are selfish and there is little to no mentoring.
Executive/Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 16 January 2018
My most typical day at work is attending to my 2 boss' calendar and addressing immediate tasks and deliverables ie: email, calendar, documents that require printing; creating, editing documents. HR team is very approachable. The team I worked with were cohesive, approachable and helpful. The overall culture is congenial.
Project Management (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 9 November 2017
Encourages a very us vs. them environment between lawyers and staff (all non-lawyers). There is a lot of superfluous confidentiality under the guise of privacy and no practices or policies to support business continuity with redacted information.
Admin (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 11 October 2017
I should have read reviews before ever applying/accepting a job with this company. My advice to anyone - READ the reviews, they're dead on. The only thing I can say positive about it, the pay is half decent but certainly not worth the stress. I left voluntarily, but the turn around was unbelievable in the short time I was there. Run!
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 31 August 2017
Overall the people are very nice. The firm is focused on growth but not supporting the infrastructure of the firm. Needs to boost employee morale which is very low. Technology is very outdated and inadequate to perform your job efficiently.
Lawyer (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 14 July 2017
Perceived externally as a growing force in the legal market, it is the largest law firm in the world.. "disrupting the industry". Unfortunately, internally we all seem to think it's a ticking time bomb waiting to implode. Nearly zero effort from management for internal growth of lawyers or staff, lots of overtime, no appreciation. Employees no longer care about the number of mergers or acquisitions - they keep their heads down hoping to not get made redundant
Management, Policies, Working hours, Engagement, Growth opportunity
Senior Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 31 March 2017
I enjoyed working in a fast paced environment with fantastic individuals in the Energy Group Department. The law firm is an international law firm with offices across five (5) continents; Canada, USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Marketing (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 31 January 2017
Everything from the onset makes it seem like this worlds largest law firm is the best place to be. The only thing is if you speak up, you are looked down upon and if you have good ideas or disagree with management you are asking for trouble. The work can be challenging and rewarding, but the amount of overtime and little appreciation leaves little to the worker.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 30 September 2016
Do not even consider working for this company as a legal assistant. They'll take you for all you've got and the pay is poor. The management does not care about you and the HR department does not do anything.
Law Clerk (Current Employee) – Dentons – 4 August 2016
Since becoming Dentons Canada LLP in 2013 the employee morale has suffered substantially. Every day the staff are reminded of the inherent hierarchy that exists between staff and the lawyers. There is a 'them' and 'us' attitude. Slowly over the last 3 years we have witnessed benefits being removed and pay raises being very low.
Technical Support (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 9 May 2016
Coming from Customer Service, Dentons was great but there's virtually no room for advancement. It's a place to go and work. As a Technical Analyst the job pays the minimum for the city, but says it's the top of what they're willing to pay. It's a job, with security and good benefits though.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 13 April 2016
This firm is all talk - pumping up their public image. The workplace culture is all about throw your fellow employees under the bus in order to gain favour with Management. A very unfriendly and unteamwork-like workplace. They are all about hiring low paid staff and keeping them down. A revolving door workplace. There is little respect shown for the staff. Unfortunately, the large recent mergers in the past year or so have diluted the core values of the firm. My advice would be to run - and look elsewhere.
Backstabbing, gossip and fear culture is prevalent
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 11 August 2015
I did not enjoy my time here at all.
Many of the other admins on my floor were gossipy and petty and the whole atmosphere was like walking on eggshells every day. I was warned on my very first day to not ever leave my computer unlocked because one admin in particular liked to snoop, to the point where she read private emails from at least two lawyers, and if she could, she would open desks, closets and read anything she could get her hands on. I was also warned not to be seen with this woman, as it would "destroy" my reputation with everyone else in the company.
One of the lawyers in my department was a tyrant and treated everyone very, very poorly, including me, right from my very first day. Every day was stressful and I was actually relieved when my position was eliminated.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 7 February 2015
Very much a family oriented culture, communication skills are essential and is an on the go experience. Have to be proactive and take charge on your team and be able to follow up and take an extra step.
Legal Assistant (Current Employee) – Calgary AB – 8 September 2014
Transcribing of confidential letters, memos, reports, and other documents from machine dictation using MS Word combined with proofreading of documents for other operators, marking grammar and content errors
Filing of memos, finding and copying cases from law books, type letters and memos, maintain trust ledger
Coordinating boardrooms and contacting clients for the scheduling of meetings