McCarthy Tétrault LLP
McCarthy Tétrault employees collaborating   (Photo credit: Christian Fleury)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • The firm manages the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation (a first among Canadian law firms) to oversee its charitable giving program -- the program includes encouraging employee volunteerism through the annual "Volunteer Recognition Award" that recognizes up to 5 employees each year with a charitable donation to the organization of their choosing (with donations ranging from $500 to $5,000)
  • McCarthy Tétrault strongly supports employee development with generous tuition subsidies, in-house training programs as well as a focus on mentoring -- the firm designates May as its annual Mentoring Month, which includes speed-mentoring sessions for students, mentor meetings for new associates and even an awards ceremony to recognize the leading mentors in the firm
  • McCarthy Tétrault supports employees who want to start a family with a generous IVF subsidy when needed (up to $12,000) and follows-up with maternity leave top-ups for its new moms (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as a unique maternity buddy program to keep parents on leave up-to-date about the firm and their jobs
McCarthy Tétrault's new office space in Vancouver, British Columbia

Employer Background

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,435
Part-time employees in Canada 55
Full-time employees worldwide 1,454
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.28%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies
Workplace features the firm has no traditional head office, each Canadian office is centrally located in their respective cities, providing convenient access to local restaurants, recreational and entertainment facilities and public transportation, McCarthy's Toronto office (which has the largest employee population) is located in the TD Centre offering stunning views of Lake Ontario and an office space that is decorated with the firm's corporate art collection (regarded as one of the country's best corporate collections), a family room (also available at the Montréal and Vancouver offices), to provide quiet space for nursing mothers or personal visitations, a first-aid room, kitchen areas on each floor, direct access to Toronto's extensive underground PATH walking network, which provides all-weather-access to transit, retail, services and numerous restaurants, in response to the evolving nature of work, the firm developed a National Workplace Strategy that is driven by employee feedback gathered through a series of employee group discussions centred around new work environment and design concepts, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, telephones for personal use, natural lighting and great views of the surrounding downtown
Snacks available fresh fruit or homemade cookies for meetings, complimentary dinner service for employees working late
Other nearby amenities fitness club, St. James Park, daycare, shopping mall, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name formal social clubs at Montréal and Vancouver offices
Recent social events annual employee Appreciation Week celebrations across all offices that include a healthy breakfasts (served by partners in the firm), a mid-afternoon cake and ice cream break, and wellness activities such as mini chair massage breaks, manicures and reflexology treatments as well as door prizes drawn throughout the week, holiday parties for employees at Christmas, separate Christmas celebrations for children of employees, children's Easter egg hunt, summer socials, monthly after work socials, retirement celebrations and breaks for gelato in the summer
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications senior leaders host Town Hall meetings at least twice a year at each office location (questions and feedback are actively encouraged)

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note McCarthy Tétrault has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discounts on a range of products and services (from automobile purchases to hotel stays to trips to Canada's Wonderland), defined contribution pension percentage range from 3% to 5%, depending on position, referral bonuses for lawyers range up to $5,000, technology reimbursement allowance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note McCarthy Tétrault has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $550 each year
Other health plan information fitness subsidy includes coverage for BIXI shared commuter bike rentals and increases to $1,000 for associate and to $4,000 for partners, health plan is open to retirees (with employee paid premiums)
Family-friendly benefits note McCarthy Tétrault has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $12,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information legal personnel receive maternity leave top-up of 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks (also available to fathers who are primary caregivers), manages a maternity buddy program to keep parents on leave up-to-date about the firm and their jobs, emergency back-up child care and eldercare support services, nanny placement service, Montessori kindergarten program, meals-to-go service, additional travel expense reimbursement for nursing moms (lawyers) that covers travel and accommodation, and a food allowance for a secondary caregiver

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note McCarthy Tétrault has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information management, paralegal/clerk and lawyer personnel all start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, WOW Factor program, which allows employees at any level to nominate a co-worker or team for a monetary award, Bravo award, which provides managers with budget to purchase gifts for individuals or team, awards for long service and attendance, annual peer-nominated Award of Excellence for the employees who have made a significant impact through exceptional work, unique mentoring awards for excellence and commitment to student and associate mentoring
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs leadership development program, unique managing remotely workshops for managers (new program being developed in response to increasing telecommuting and offsite work arrangements), associate mentoring program (includes Mentoring Month every May), and lunch and learn workshops on a variety of subjects, from financial planning to caring for caregivers

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 146 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (over $1.1 million donated last year), Plaid for Dad, Syrian Refugee Initiative, Bell Let's Talk Day, partnership Martin Aboriginal Education, Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, Bay Street Suit Challenge, One Walk-One Day-All Cancers, Daily Bread Food Bank
Community highlight Established in 1997, the firm manages the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation (a first among Canadian law firms) to oversee firm-wide charitable giving and sponsorship. Funds available to the Foundation are disbursed under 2 broad categories of community and local charitable causes and law school donations -- last year the Foundation contributed funds to over 140 organizations and causes, including hospitals, food banks, youth and cultural programs, local charities, arts organizations and law schools. The Foundation also celebrates employee volunteers through an annual Volunteer Recognition Award, which awards 5 employees with a charitable donation to the organization of their choice (with donations from $500 to $5,000, totaling $10,000 annually). The firm also has an active Pro Bono Program that includes a national partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada, support for the Unaccompanied Minors Project (helping unaccompanied children arriving at Pearson International Airport make appropriate refugee claims with Canadian immigration officials), and Lawyers Without Borders Canada (participating with missions in Haiti, Columbia, Africa and Guatemala).

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • McCarthy Tétrault's Pride Network works to increase awareness of LGBT issues, promote professional development and mentoring of LGBT lawyers and encourage networking and business development across all of the firm's offices -- established in 2011, the network coordinates local LGBT activities and and programming, such as celebrations for World Pride and discussions on diversity and inclusion in sports
  • McCarthy Tétrault is in the process of launching a multi-year initiative on mental health, with the first initiatives focused on building awareness amongst senior leaders and eliminating stigma on mental health issues
  • McCarthy Tétrault has maintained a Women's Initiative Network for nearly ten years and is responsible for organizing a variety of initiatives such as the "Women Connecting" outreach program for offices in Ontario -- the firm also piloted a Building Sponsorships program to create flexible business development opportunities for female employees
McCarthy Tétrault employee taking a selfie with the firm's CEO at the holiday party in Toronto, Ontario   (Photo credit: \\n\\n\\n)
"The firm encourages me to be a leader as a woman and in the LGBT community, in many different ways [...] As a woman and gay lawyer, and as a young mother, I sincerely feel that my Firm really cares about the values carried out by our 'Diversity' program, which is almost a motto. I feel privileged to practise law in a workplace where diversity is a priority, not only in words, but most importantly, in concrete actions." Élisabeth B., Associate, Montreal Office

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,426
Workforce representation female employees (63 %), female managers (71 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Pride Network (LGBT), Women's Initiative Network
Formal commitment national diversity committee, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer
Unique diversity initiatives joined Human Dignity Trust legal panel (provides pro bono services to cases challenging the criminalization of homosexuality globally), Judy Project participant (women), Justicia Project participant (women), Building Sponsorships (program to support female lawyers in creating flexible and meaningful business development opportunities)
Diversity community partnerships Black Law Students' Association of Canada, Pride at Work Canada, South Asian Law Students' Association, Ascend Canada (member), Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member), pro bono legal services to the Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund

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