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Gilbert + Tobin Reviews

Updated 25 December 2018
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  1. "Great people, challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    - work is varied, interesting and challenging
    - people are bright, social and approachable
    - lots of training opportunities
    - flat hierarchy

    Cons

    Hours can be long, but that is expected in the industry


  2. "A lot to like, however..."

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work the partners bring in is top of the market and to work on this is a privilege, great experience. Lots of incredibly talents minds at all levels. Inclusive culture which celebrates each employee’s unique individual characteristics. The flat structure below partnership allows talented lawyers to get involved in complex deals early on in their careers.

    Cons

    Managing workflows so that no one person is overworked is an issue. The partners are incentivised to run lean teams. The churn of lawyer is inevitable unless the priorities shift from drawings to ensuring it’s a sustainable place to work in the long term. There was always far to muc work or far too little. The sense of relief on leaving is indicative of how the place is geared to benefit from the insecurities of some highly strung personalities.

    Advice to Management

    Put it place better measures to manage workflows for transactional work. Increase transparency and honesty regarding career progression and opportunities within the firm.

  3. "Generally a positive career experience but with its challenges"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and down to earth people, brilliant and approachable partners in my practice group, high profile matters and clients (the work is just excellent), plenty of resources invested into support (ie plenty of paralegal, IT and Legal Technology support), excellent pay, senior management very accommodating and responsive to employee needs and a stunning office in Barangaroo.

    Cons

    Although leadership at partnership level is excellent and everyone is generally great to work with, there are a few senior lawyers who lack managerial skills entirely and exacerbate the pressures of the role. Hours are brutal like any top tier firm (its a misconception that G+T is mid tier - in practice it definitely is not, and I say this having worked in a “traditional” top tier prior) and very marginal room for error but that is to be expected given the size of the matters and clients (who are extremely demanding). While this means you get exposure to excellent work, there can be an expectation to work very long hours and through weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing soft skills at senior lawyer level and on retaining lawyers who already possess those skills


  4. "Do NOT work here - negative environment. Mental health is more important than any job"

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    Former Employee - Para Legal in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Para Legal in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The partner I assisted was nice though.

    Cons

    A LOT of the girls at the Melbourne location are EXTREMELY rude and cliquey. Multiple girls crying in the bathrooms 24/7. Like high school. Management ADMITS there is an issue yet does nothing. Support staff quit regularly because of this, and other reasons. Also, they only have one IT guy in Melbourne (to save $). He’s really great but... don’t underestimate the stress that can come from lack of IT support - it was a nightmare because they have THE slowest computers ( just to save a buck) and cheapest, slowest legal software (again just to save a buck). Bills going to clients 3 months late. Makes you look bad when it’s nothing to do with you, and I didn’t want to be known for that so I left. Also had to escape the nastiness.

    Advice to Management

    Have some respect and be transparent in the hiring stage that your firm is a mess


  5. "Strong, growing firm. But.."

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work, top of the market remuneration. Excellent partners are some of best in their respective fields. No band structure so generally lawyers are given the work they can handle. Nice people.

    Cons

    Minimal support staff and a very lean ship, which probably explains remuneration. Training is good however it is very ad hoc.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training depth and structure for junior solicitors and add some support staff to allow juniors to focus on their work rather than admin tasks.


  6. "Lawyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to good quality work

    Cons

    lean teams, long hours, few resources


  7. "PA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great offices and brilliant colleagues. Top tier clients

    Cons

    Not as flexible/agile as led to believe, management and HR lacking

  8. "Forward thinking and innovative top tier firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Non hierarchical environment
    Supports flexible work practices
    Forward thinking
    Diverse mix of people
    Office environment and well being benefits

    Cons

    Lean teams, doing more with less but typical of the industry
    Hours for some teams although flexible approach to hours when not busy


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Umm... Barangaroo’s quote nice I guess.

    Cons

    Certain people in the organisation can do what they like with impunity. You’d better hope they like you...


  10. "Solid corporate law firm, long hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Good pay
    Interesting work
    Big clients
    Small teams

    Cons

    Long hours
    Rude partners
    Barangaroo is too far removed from the courts