McCarthy Tétrault LLP
McCarthy Tétrault partners Marie-France Gagnon and Patrick Shea at the Service Awards  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019) :

  • Along with helping employees save for the future, McCarthy Tétrault offers a number of financial perks and benefits, including referral bonuses (ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 for lawyers), a technology reimbursement allowance, and corporate discounts on a range of products and services, from automobile purchases to hotel stays to trips to Canada's Wonderland
  • McCarthy Tétrault organizes extensive Employee Appreciation Week celebrations across all offices each year, which include a healthy breakfast (served by partners in the firm), mid-afternoon cake and ice cream break, and a number of wellness activities throughout the week, including mini chair massage breaks, manicures, reflexology treatments and regular door prizes
  • McCarthy Tétrault encourages employees to get out and volunteer with a paid volunteer day and, through the longstanding "McCarthy Tétrault Foundation" (a first among Canadian law firms), provided support to over 130 community and charitable initiatives across Canada last year
McCarthy Tétrault partner Steeves Bujold serving staff members during Appreciation Week  

Employer Background

Industry Law Firm
Established in Canada 1855
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,400
Part-time employees in Canada 61
Full-time employees worldwide 1,419
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, nearby bike sharing station
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, the office includes the firm's highly regarded corporate art collection, a family room to provide quiet space for nursing mothers or personal visitations (also available at the Montréal and Vancouver offices), a first aid room, kitchen areas on each floor, annual ergonomic education sessions (includes individual assessments), direct access to Toronto's extensive underground PATH walking network, which provides all-weather-access to transit, retail, services and numerous restaurants, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, board games, phones for personal use, natural lighting and great views of the surrounding downtown
Snacks available fresh fruit or homemade cookies for meetings, coffee and cappuccino machines located in café areas on each floor, complimentary dinner service for employees working late, vending machines in kitchen areas
Other nearby amenities fitness club, St. James Park, Berczy Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, Toronto Islands, Entertainment District

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name organized social events across the firm (with formal social clubs at Montréal and Vancouver offices)
Recent social events annual employee Appreciation Week celebrations across all offices that include healthy breakfasts (served by partners in the firm), mid-afternoon cake and ice cream break, and wellness activities throughout the week, including mini chair massage breaks, manicures, reflexology treatments and regular door prizes, holiday parties for employees at Christmas, separate Christmas celebrations for children of employees, summer socials, monthly after-work socials, retirement celebrations and breaks for gelato in the summer, employee sports team sponsorships (may include coverage for league registration, jerseys and some equipment)
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), unique "Idea+Exchange" sessions hosted by the COO to capture employee feedback

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: 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 (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, referral bonuses range from $1,500 for employees and up to $5,000 for lawyers, corporate discounts on a range of products and services (from automobile purchases to hotel stays to trips to Canada's Wonderland and even Whistler), technology allowance to help employees easily set up a remote work location (from $500 to $1,000)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
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
Other health plan information 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
Additional health and wellness information fitness subsidy includes coverage for shared commuter bike rentals and increases to $1,000 for associates and to $4,000 for partners, health plan is open to retirees (with employee-paid premiums), new weekly onsite chair yoga sessions
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 early Friday closings in the summer (employees can start their weekends one hour early), legal personnel who are primary caregivers receive maternity leave top-up of 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks (to 4 weeks if not the primary caregiver), unique "Maternity Buddy" program for lawyers, emergency back-up childcare and eldercare support services, nanny placement service, Montessori kindergarten program, additional travel expense reimbursement for nursing moms (lawyers) that covers travel and accommodation, food allowance for a secondary caregiver

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: 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 lawyers all start with 4 weeks of paid vacation, new employees with 10 or more years of related work experience also start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: 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 (to $100), Bravo award which provides managers with a budget to purchase gifts for individuals or a team, 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, attendance award (perfect attendance is rewarded with 2 days of regular pay)
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 Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs associate mentoring program (includes Mentoring Month every May), formal leadership development programs (from mid- to partner-level programs), lunch and learn workshops on a variety of subjects (from financial planning to caring for caregivers), weekly in-person French or English language training

Community Involvement Rating: 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 $1.3-million donated last year), International Pink Day, Plaid for Dad, Bell Let's Talk, Lawyers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity (Vancouver), Paint the Town (Calgary), Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer (Toronto), Pedal for Kids (Montréal)
Community highlight McCarthy Tétrault and its employees support numerous initiatives every year through the following category areas: United Way campaigns across the country, Making a Difference Together (numerous local initiatives supported by employees), firm-wide community initiatives, the longstanding Pro-Bono Program (to lend legal expertise to worthwhile causes) and through the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation. The Foundation oversees firm-wide charitable giving and sponsorship and directs funds to over 137 organizations and causes including hospitals, food banks, youth and cultural programs, local charities, arts organizations and law schools.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • Since 2004, McCarthy Tétrault has maintained an internal pipeline scorecard to capture gender demographics of partners, associates and students, including statistics on advancement to partnership, lateral hires and departures -- impressively, women currently comprise over half of the firm's senior leadership team as well as 50 per cent of the firm's Board of Directors
  • McCarthy Tétrault created a multi-year initiative on mental health awareness that includes ongoing education and awareness, training for leadership and community engagement activities -- the firm is also in the process of establishing a national mental health steering committee
  • The firm recently launched the McCarthy Tétrault LLP/Martin Family Initiative Indigenous Legal Mentoring Program for Indigenous students in Grades 9 to 12, featuring activities such as job shadowing, skills development and cooperative education programs -- first launched in Calgary, the program has now expanded to Vancouver and Montréal
McCarthy Tétrault partner Doug Yoshida  
"I am very proud of the diversity initiatives at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Recognizing differences and encouraging and celebrating a diverse workplace make us a stronger organization and help contribute to positive changes in our communities." Douglas Y., Partner

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,272
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Inclusion Officer (new title for 2018)
Formal commitment national inclusion committee, national mental health steering committee
Employee resource groups Pride Network (LGBT), Women's Initiative Network
Diversity training and awareness training on unconscious bias and mental health
Diversity highlights sends 4 to 8 female lawyers to the annual Rotman School of Management program for women in law, participated in "Trailblazers: Women in Law", a day-long event to connect female high school students with female legal professionals, regularly reviews gender composition of key client teams to ensure that the firm is interacting with clients in a manner that broadly reflects the firm's demographics, multi-year mental health initiative
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships 30% Club (women) Pride at Work Canada, Egale Centre, Internationally Trained Lawyers, Women's Executive Network, South Asian Law Students' Association, Black Law Students' Association of Canada, Pathways to Education, Ascend Canada, Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network

The Career Directory

McCarthy Tétrault LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
McCarthy Tétrault's Clients and Markets team at the firm's Montréal holiday party

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Law Firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Work benefits flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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