Better management and workplace culture would be beneficial
Partner/Lawyer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 October 2018
Better management and workplace culture would be beneficial. Culture and goals are generally billing all clients as much as possible. While still encouraging excellence at the workplace a healthy work life balance should not be discouraged.
Assistant (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 19 May 2016
From my experience, Bennett Jones is by far the nicest place to work. Those who have never worked anywhere else may lack the appreciation, but I have been to several other firms. I like working with both of my lawyers, the workspace for assistants is spacious which provides plenty of room to stay organized (in most other firms I was crammed into a tiny mouse hole where the lawyers just piled work on top of documents on top of files and it became impossible to stay neat and organized). This is particularly important when working with more than one lawyer. My department is quiet so it's easy to focus on my work. In my opinion and from my experience, hard work is appreciated here and is rewarded. Every good and every bad company is the way it is because of management and it all trickles down. It is clear that management is well structured and they actually care whether or not the employees are happy. This to me is new and very refreshing. It is a busy workplace and fast paced and there is always something to do, but there are helpful departments available for assistance when required, whether it be training on a program, document processing, IT help, whatever the case may be. This support system makes it a lot more efficient when getting the job done. When first starting out at the firm, there is a training program in place before you are at your desk so you are not just thrown into the middle of everything.
The only thing that would concern me is if the 4 lawyers to one assistant were to be implemented, which is apparently in the process. Two lawyers are feasible, in SOME instancesmore... three lawyers, but four lawyers to one assistant is never effective in any case, especially not in some departments.
In terms of the culture, I have found people to be more pleasant here than any firm I have worked at. I think that is mostly due to the fact that most people are happy at their job.
The only way I would ever leave BJ is if the 4 to 1 were implemented, or if I decided I wanted to go into a completely different field, but I would not leave for another law firm.less
Corporate, Resource Assistant (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 22 April 2015
Positive environment where knowledge can be gained on the daily. Very professional and old fashioned firm, however this is an asset to the clientele that Bennett Jones attains. Numerous service departments which provide adequate resource information for any and all issues. Competitive salary, benefits, etc.
Working at ECL there was many opportunities for advancement. The office was like a small family. Everyone worked well together and we complimented each other well. The management was excellent. Every day was busy.
accounting assistent (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 21 January 2015
I worked in accounting and it was a very stressful job. Lots of money coming in and going out. Making sure everything was balances. Staff was very hard headed. Everything was by the book. If they didn't want you there any more they would find a way to push you out. Its a law firm that is run like a prison. There are some good people that work there but if your there long enough, it changes you or you leave.
fast paste work
narrow minded work place, everyone is better then you
Corporate Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 2 August 2013
My direct Supervisor/Lawyer was fantastic. I really enjoyed working for him, among the other staff in the Real Estate Department. As a employee in good standings, my dealings with Upper Management were very limited.
Typically, a day at work would start off by checking my emails and voicemails and responding accordingly. Checking My lawyers emails and doing any ground work in preparation for his arrival. While he was out of the office I would do any administrative tasks that could be done without supervision, and when he was in the office I would focus my time at the tasks given.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 December 2012
I initially started working here during Christmas season, while I was a student and they also prepicked me for my practicum. I enjoyed having the opprotunity to work in various areas of law as it helped me familiarize myself with the area I enjoyed the most.