Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright staff, along with Managing Partner Soloman Sananes (second from right), at the summer party in Montréal  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Montreal's Top Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Montreal's Top Employers (2018):

  • Norton Rose Fulbright hosts a National Fitness Challenge to encourage physical activity in the workplace and promote team building across each of its offices -- the firm also offers fitness club subsidies of up to $600 to help employees stay active outside of work
  • New moms at Norton Rose Fulbright receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments (from 17 to 24 weeks, depending on their position) and have the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Norton Rose Fulbright encourages long-term career development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation and opportunities for formal mentoring -- and also reaches out to the next generation through summer employment and co-op opportunities
Norton Rose Fulbright employees in Calgary fundraising for United Way  

Employer Background

Industry Law Firm
Established in Canada 1879
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Québec QC, Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,620
Part-time employees in Canada 90
Full-time employees worldwide 7,217
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 22.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.98 years
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B

Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features physical workplace and amenities vary by office location, the firm's Vancouver office is located in TELUS Garden, a 24-storey LEED Platinum-certified building, inside, the workplace features satellite kitchens with cappuccino machines, reading nooks scattered throughout, sit-stand workstations, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities YWCA, fitness club, Cathedral Square, Stanley Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Vancouver Public Library, Granville Island Market, Rogers Arena, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Norton Rose Fulbright Social Club (est. 2004)
Recent social events national fitness challenge, staff appreciation week, summer cocktail event, holiday party and a separate celebration for children of employees, spring celebration, fall staff event offsite, Halloween party, Santa party with skating
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Norton Rose Fulbright 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, matching RSP, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on a variety of products and services through Perkopolis program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note Norton Rose Fulbright 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 21 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $750 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $600 each year
Additional health and wellness information retirees can enroll in the health benefits plan with no age limit (premiums are paid by employees)
Family-friendly benefits note Norton Rose Fulbright has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 1 week
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), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information employees have access to Kids & Company emergency back-up daycare services, legal and senior personnel receive maternity leave top-up payments for up to 24 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note Norton Rose Fulbright 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
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 6 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 8 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information senior and legal personnel (approximately 38% of the firm's workforce) start with 4 weeks of paid vacation, sabbatical program for partners

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

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 individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, BRAVO peer recognition program for employees who go above and beyond the call of duty

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 250 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Norton Rose Fulbright's corporate social responsibility program focuses on community investment and environmental sustainability. The firm donated over $1.4-million to over 250 organizations in 2017.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

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

  • In the past year, Norton Rose Fulbright organized a diversity and inclusion survey, as well as a dedicated survey for law students in order to collect information on racialized backgrounds and identify potential bias
  • Norton Rose Fulbright manages a career strategies development program for high-potential women who aspire to partnership -- training includes gender dynamics, leadership, personal branding and networking, and participants also have access to personal executive coaching
  • The firm also created a national Women in Business networking series, which features panel discussions with leading women in law and industry
Norton Rose Fulbright employees in the Ottawa office participating in the International Day of Pink  


Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Québec QC, Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,589
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Formal commitment global diversity and inclusion advisory council, Canadian Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Employee resource groups Women's Network, Pride Network (organizes awareness activities such as Day of Pink, initiatives to engage allies, community outreach and professional development)
Diversity training and awareness unconscious bias training
Diversity highlights launched Working Start program to provide employment opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome (in partnership with McLaren Honda), sponsors and coaches teams participating in The Wilson Moot, which explores legal issues concerning women and minorities, internal diversity and inclusion blog, diversity and inclusion survey, events to celebrate global Inclusion Week
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Black Law Students' Association of Canada, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Canadian Associate of Black Lawyers, South Asian Bar Association, Maison du Parc, GRIS-Montréal, Québec Gay Chamber of Commerce

The Career Directory

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Norton Rose Fulbright employees participating in a team building activity in Vancouver

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Québec QC, Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Articling Student
Starting salary $80K to $85K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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