Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Employee Reviews

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Developed great event planning skills
Meeting & Event Planner (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON27 January 2019
In the last 8 years at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, I have developed a range of skills that has allowed me to succeed in meeting the needs of every client. Some of those skills include the ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment, successful time management when faced with high priority tasks, strong organizational skills, prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic environment and high knowledge in the importance of maintaining professional work relationships.
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Great exposure to large on-site events
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A terrible place to work and it’s falling apart
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON26 December 2018
This is NOT a good place to work depending on your position and department. I worked as a LSA. The LSA managers and supervisors are awful, and their supervisors are simply clueless. They 100% play favourites and target people they don’t like and bully them into quiting because of how much of a nuisance they are by always creating issues of minor things. Oh and be skeptical of staff who are friends with higher ups and HR. They also ignore rules when it comes to their favourites while arbitrarily punishing those they don’t care for. This is disturbing as these people are ruining people’s chances to advance, receive bonuses, raises, and their overall livelihoods. They’re also cheap and don’t care about loyalty as word has it that they started to let go older staff members who’ve been there for decades. You’re basically walking on eggshells here and also micromanaged. God forbid you’re five minutes and you’ll get a call or email.

The management team and HR are so toxic. There is high staff turnover and the frequent job ads should tell you that. Staff coming and going creates instability which also affect the lawyers’ practices, and some of them have taken notice and are frustrated by this especially since shares are just getting bigger and bigger making it hard for assistants to keep up with workload. Lawyers and their asisstants need time to develop a trustworthy relationship, and that is not possible when there’s a toxic management culture where lawyers including partners can’t protect their assistants despite high quality job performance because HR has more power. It also
  more... seems like there’s high associate turnover as well.

This firm seems to be falling apart and is so so mismanaged. It seems that people who oversee all of HR and C-level executives are either shockingly oblivious or just don’t care. They seem to be coasting on the fact that Osler is a Seven Sister Bay Street firm that everyone wants to work for. I was enticed by the allure of large corporate firm as well, but realized halfway that it’s sham like most corporate environments. There may not be a firm to work for if Osler continues with poor management practices. Or at the very least, they will have difficulty attracting top talent to keep your firm going. They NEED great staff right down to the lowest possible position to keep your operations running. Continuing to take them for granted, paying them awful salaries with paltry raises and “bonuses” (while you pay partners millions that they don’t need), providing subpar benefits, etc. and your firm will suffer. This is just common sense. Treating your employees with respect and demonstrating that with a great salary, benefits, etc. IS GOOD BUSINESS. If years down the line, this firm along with a couple of other awful Bay Street firms are in financial trouble, I will not be surprised. Word gets around about bad firms.

If anyone takes a job here, do so with goal of leaving and always keep your resume updated. You can get your foot in door and gain the experience of working in a large corporate firm, but if there is a better opportunity, think about that too.
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Pros
Social events, great view, cutting edge technology, learning sessions to help staff knowledge about tech, spacious half cubicles, helpful coworkers especially reception and events
Cons
Mediocre salary and benefits, low raises and bonuses, terrible management and HR
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good experience
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 September 2018
Working at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP is a great experience if you're looking to get that corporate world feel. Lawyers are good, clearly knowledgeable in the industry.
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An excelent corporate culture
Intermediate Financial Accountant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON1 August 2018
They are my extended family, we were together for 11 years.
I learn my work ethic, to juggle multiple tasks, to work in a team.
The culture of the company is to excel but also to work together and care for eachother
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Productive
Accounts Payable Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 May 2018
Good to work at. Nice, good people. Fair salary and benefits. Though moved for a better career improvement. To sum it up, was good working with the company.
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Fine place to work - not much room for advancement
Administrative Support (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON1 December 2017
Average benefits for a corporate position.
Not significant pay for admin staff.
Conveniently located.
Very professional and corporate workplace culture.
Fast-pace, great for self-starters.
Management varies by department - can be incredibly supportive.
Great opportunity to learn about corporate and legal culture.
Pros
Professional work environment
Cons
no room for advancement.
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Successful business with most key employer elements in place
POD Co-Ordinator (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 July 2017
Typical large business organization with traditional legal hierarchy. Long service staff are very loyal. Firm is reviewing operating models and exploring lean business practices.
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Highly regarded by long service staff.
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Top Notch Employer
Legal Secretarial Assistant (Current Employee) –  Toronto3 June 2017
Very good technology and training. Good benefits and perks. Staff and resources are plentiful.Facility is beautiful. Staff are friendly.Highly recommended for someone just starting. Good opportunity to work with the very best lawyers in Canada, the friendliest staff and the very best clients.
Pros
Technology is cutting edge
Cons
Juniors can take senior jobs with less than 1 year of experience
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Great place to work!
Case Management Law Clerk (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 February 2017
Professional, client focused and innovative. The firm is very supportive of further education and learning opportunities. I was very impressed by the community support and charitable contributions.
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Osler
legal secretial assistant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 February 2016
Typical law firm setting and the environment can be a very pleasant place at times.
Most staff members are underpaid
Office morale is increasing with the change in HR
Pros
Lots of treat and meals
Cons
Underpaid
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Great People - Great Location!
AR & Collections Coordinator - Temporary role (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON25 May 2015
I love working at this firm. The people around me are great and the firm is always trying new things to make the environment better. I feel the only negative thing is that it is hard for someone to advance their career here unless they are working towards becoming lawyers. Other than that... the firm is a great place and I highly recommend it.
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Mostly professional work environment that allows for a true understanding of how business works
Coordinator/Specialist (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON16 February 2015
Osler has a lot of potential to be a great organization. Just when you begin to forget that, you'll interact with a co-worker or hear about a milestone they achieved that reminds you of why this company is excellent at what they do. However, it still exists as a Bay Street firm and is rampant with elitism. At times it feels like they do everything they can to remind their support staff of just how insignificant they are to the firm. If feeling like you are an important part of an organization's success is desirable to you, look elsewhere. But if you are just after a means to pay the bills and live your life, this might be what you're looking for.
Pros
Many perks and activities for employees to partake in
Cons
Non-existent growth or advancement opportunities
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Very productive and high preforming Law Firm
Legal Secretarial Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON21 May 2014
This is a great firm to further your Legal Administration career.
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Professional environment
patent assistant (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, Ontario15 April 2013
I enjoy my job, we work as a team. We have dealines to meet and meet them in a timely and professional manner. I work with excellent and very professional people.
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Culture of excellence.
IS Systems Support Technician (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON18 March 2013
Enjoyed being engaged with a team of dedicated professionals.
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Productive
Legal Secretarial Assistant (Current Employee) –  Toronto30 December 2012
Great place to work and grow within the legal community. Learned a lot in different fields of law.
Pros
coffee
Cons
limits
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