Gowlings Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) was a Canadian and international law firm, with about 700 legal professionals in 10 offices in Canada and as well as London, Moscow, and Beijing. The firm offered legal support in business law, advocacy/litigation and intellectual property law.

A former legal assistant advises that professionals stay away, writing, "The staff is at Gowlings is burning out. People are dropping like flies and can’t keep up with the workload. Lawyers and Partners can be bullies. Legal admins get yelled at And leave in tears. Support staff can’t keep up with the volume. Revolving door in hospitality, IT, HR, marketing and assistants. So much stress and overtime."


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Business Support Side (Current Employee) says

"Gowling purport to be a diverse and caring firm but in reality there is a running theme of bullying and a massive blame culture. Mental health is punished and should you raise an issue you will be managed out of the company. No career progression, no recognition, some controlling and difficult personalities. Toxic environment, where management do little but take all the credit and lower down employees are run into the ground and constantly undermined. Cons: Controlling and bullying management, no progression, no recognition, discrimination is rife"

Trust clerk (Former Employee) says

"Horrible place to work - Management has favorites and does not discipline according to protocols."

Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says

"No appreciation for staff. Old boys club mentality. Outdated technology and procedures. Large firm means you are just a number and benefits are skimmed down. All talk, no action. No opportunity for advancement."

Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says

"They don't like newcomers and terminate without cause leaving you feeling frustrated and degraded with no explanation. The expectations are very high even when they know that you are new to the job."

Legal Clerk (Former Employee) says

"Management in REG are absolutely terrible Cons: Everything listed"

Legal Clerk (Current Employee) says

"Terrible place to work. I was overworked and underpaid. Managers allowed clients to think everything was normal during covid which put extra pressure on the team and resulted in me falling into a deep depression for months. There is favouritism and racism within the firm. Most of the firm is white and Asian but they claim to be diverse."

Billing Clerk (Former Employee) says

"Heavy work load, did not find work/life balance, Management not helpful at all, Did not find friendly environment."

Anonymous (Former Employee) says

"Scroll down and you will see the executive assistant to the General Manager in the Calgary office left a 3 star review. This alone speaks volumes about this firm on many levels. Cons: Very poorly run firm."

Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says

"It has been my experience that Gowlings does not value their employees and does not value loyalty. You are never secure as a legal assistant at Gowlings."

Legal Cashier (Former Employee) says

"A typical day would involve taking in cheques and cash and allocating to ledgers. Posting reciepts, cheques and transfer on Expert, Using Intapp to pick up the receipt and cheque requests and dealing with solicitors account queries. Cons: repetative work and unfriendly team."

Senior administrative support to high (Former Employee) says

"HR people are amazing but are often put in situations where the people they place within the company are overtaxed to the breaking point. Supportive people can only go so far."

LEGAL ASSISTANT (Former Employee) says

"The lawyer I was hired to be assistant to knew that I was a brand new assistant just out of school and he assured that this would be a great learning opportunity for me and he would be a great teacher. He did not have the patience or skills for being a teacher and was always yelling at me. Because he was such a senior lawyer I had no chance with HR for them to see my side."

Legal Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"Difficult to communicate with management. A typical work day could be somewhat chaotic so make sure you love what you do. I learnt that in a big, corporate machine there is a huge level of competition amongst coworkers."

Law Clerk, Co-op placement (Former Employee) says

"Filing cases"

Graphics Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Gowling WLG is not a job for me however I am grateful for the expierence and skills I have learned while working there. My workflow was repetitive and slow-paced I believe I could've learned more with my short time at the company."

Office Services Clerk (Former Employee) says

"At one time it was a good company then a new office manager was hired. He changed how the office was run and had too many favorites. The lawyers also put a lot of workload on their staff causing many to leave or take time off. Respect to you staff goes a long way."

Law Clerk (Current Employee) says

"Great place to work if you work with a nice lawyer who actually knows his/her stuff (of which there are few). If you don't, run. Fast. Good benefits shouldn't outweigh your dignity. Cons: Lawyers with God Complexes"

réceptionniste, assistante bibliothécaire (Former Employee) says

"Servir les pauses repas et réception et bibliothéque Cons: sombre"

Executive Assistant to General Manager (Current Employee) says

"I organize meetings, internal events and day to day requirements for all executive. I manage the GM's calendar, expenses, speadsheets, town hall and a variety of odd end jobs."

Associate Lawyer, Commercial Real Estate (Former Employee) says

"Prides itself on saying it's a great place to work and consistently ranks in the top 100 or 50 companies in the country. The reality is, this applies more to the staff than to the lawyers. For them, it's business as usual, Bay Street-style."

Former Employee - Applications Specialist says

"I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time Cons: poor management for information technology depatment"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time for more than 5 years Cons: - lawyers think that they own you and very aggressive, only very few are nice - within my team: very unprofessional, lots of gossips and fake smiles, 90% of the team is either a manager or a director"

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time Cons: Poor firm brand, terrible cross selling, focus on commodity mandates."

Current Employee - Associate says

"I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time for more than 3 years Cons: - poor mentorship - little culture - pay is lower than other national firm"

Current Employee - Law Clerk says

"I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Not sure what to say here."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time Cons: Low salary with many take per day"

Former Employee - Office Administrator, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager says

"I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time for more than a year Cons: Low yearly remuneration increases, bonuses non-existent most years"


"I worked at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson Cons: There is a palatable distrust between staff and management. There is frequent turnover at the legal assistant level. Professionals are not involved in the hiring and interview process of their own assistants. Assistants are often asked to work for many lawyers."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson full-time for more than a year Cons: Montreal office atmosphere needs work - people generally keep to themselves. Rarely promote from within. Company culture does not start and end with a diversity program."


"I have been working at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson Cons: Pay scales favour the partners. Support staff are not well compensated."