McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Lara Nathans, a partner at the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, at a firm event   (Photo credit: Plexman Photography)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • McCarthy Tétrault recently embarked on a full review of its performance management program and encourages all employees to provide feedback through "idea+eXchange" sessions with the Chief Operating Officer
  • 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-up payments for new moms (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as a unique maternity buddy program to keep parents up-to-date
  • The firm manages the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation (a first among Canadian law firms) to oversee its charitable giving -- the program encourages employee volunteerism through the annual Volunteer Recognition Award, which recognizes up to 5 employees each year with a charitable donation to the organization of their choosing (donations of $5,000 each)
McCarthy Tétrault partner Pierre Jérôme-Bouchard receiving mentor of the year for 2017

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 1,272
Part-time employees in Canada 56
Full-time employees worldwide 1,288
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 48 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, the firm created a National Workplace Strategy, developed through employee feedback and discussions on new work environments and design concepts, McCarthy's Toronto office (which has the largest employee population) is located in the TD Centre, the office space is decorated with the firm's 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, 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, 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, complimentary dinner service for employees working late, vending machines in kitchen areas
Other nearby amenities fitness club, St. James Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Toronto Islands, Entertainment District

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 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, 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), unique "idea+exchange" sessions hosted by the COO to capture employee feedback

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 (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, technology reimbursement allowance, corporate discounts on a range of products and services (from automobile purchases to hotel stays to trips to Canada's Wonderland)

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
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
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 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)
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 summer Friday program, 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 childcare and eldercare support services, nanny placement service, Montessori kindergarten program, meals-to-go catering service, additional travel expense reimbursement for nursing moms (lawyers) that covers travel and accommodation, 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, new employees with 10 or more years of related work experience also 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 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
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, 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), 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 (nearly $1.2 million donated last year), Run for Women, Plaid for Dad, Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, Bell Let's Talk, The Martin Family Initiative, Habitat for Humanity Canada, Pedal for Kids, Pro Bono Students Canada, Lawyers Without Borders, Unaccompanied Minors Project
Community highlight Established in 1997, the firm manages the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation to oversee firm-wide charitable giving and sponsorship. Funds available to the Foundation are disbursed under two broad categories of community and local charitable causes and law school donations. Last year, the Foundation contributed funds to over 166 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. The program includes five awards of $5,000 each to $25,000 annually.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Since 2004, McCarthy Tétrault has maintained an internal pipeline scorecard to capture the gender demographics of partners, associates and students, including statistics on advancement to partnership, lateral hires and departures -- impressively, women currently comprise approximately half of the firm's senior leadership team as well as 36% of the firm's Board of Directors
  • McCarthy Tétrault launched a multi-year initiative on mental health with preliminary initiatives focused on building awareness amongst senior leaders and eliminating stigma -- the second wave of initiatives, to be implemented this year, includes ongoing awareness and education, mental health leadership training for more than 100 leaders and managers, community engagement and the creation of a national Mental Health Steering Committee (with membership from all levels and regions of the firm)
  • McCarthy Tétrault recently became the first Canadian law firm to partner with the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative and has committed to a pilot mentoring program for First Nations students
McCarthy Tétrault employees with a new equity partner   (Photo credit: Matthew Plexman)

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,435
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer
Formal commitment national diversity committee responsible for recommending, implementing and reporting on diversity initiatives
Employee resource groups Pride Network (LGBT), Women's Initiative Network
Diversity training and awareness unconscious bias training
Diversity highlights 2-year Building Sponsorships program to support female lawyers in creating flexible and meaningful business development opportunities, Justicia Project participant, Judy Project participant (women), joined the Human Dignity Trust legal panel and provides pro bono services to cases challenging the criminalization of homosexuality globally, Calgary office hosts Pride celebrations, Toronto office hosted a panel discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Bringing Women Together (sponsor), Young Women in Law, Black Law Students' Association of Canada, South Asian Law Students' Association, Ascend Canada (member), GRIS-Montréal (LGBT), Pride at Work Canada, pro bono legal services to the Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund, which provides scholarships for disabled youth studying law in Canada

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