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Blake, Cassels & Graydon Toronto Participating offices: Toronto Number of respondents: 14 National score: 3.62 (rank: 3rd) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 4.1 (rank: 4) � How interesting work is: 4.0 (3) � Training and guidance: 3.6 (5) � Atmosphere at the firm: 4.1 (3) � Openness re: finances: 4.0 (2) � Communication re: partnership: 2.9 (5) � Realistic billable hours: 3.1 (7) � Attitude toward pro bono: 3.5 (1) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.4 (3) Average hours worked per week: 56.0 Average hours billed per week: 39.8 Salary range: CAN$101K-$160K Prestige rank, nationwide: 5 (26 votes) Self-esteem score: 4.62 (rank: 4) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 71.4 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 100.0 percent Percent now looking for work: 14.3 percent What associates said they like most: Responsibility that I get. Nature and quality of the work and people. Available resources. Professionalism, respect for people. What associates said they like least: Hours. The technology and lack of racial diversity. The anxiety and dissatisfaction [of] teaching ourselves how to practice law. Lack of alternative work arrangements. Fraser Milner Casgrain Toronto Participating offices: Toronto Number of respondents: 19 National score: 3.40 (rank: 6th) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 4.2 (rank: 3) � How interesting work is: 3.4 (7) � Training and guidance: 3.6 (4) � Atmosphere at the firm: 3.8 (6) � Openness re: finances: 2.9 (7) � Communication re: partnership: 3.1 (4) � Realistic billable hours: 3.7 (3) � Attitude toward pro bono: 2.7 (6) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.2 (5) Average hours worked per week: 56.1 Average hours billed per week: 39.6 Salary range: CAN$101K-$160K Prestige rank, nationwide: not ranked Self-esteem score: 3.67 (rank: 6) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 84.2 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 89.5 percent Percent now looking for work: 26.3 percent What associates said they like most: Relaxed atmosphere. Respect for colleagues. Our firm is headed in the right direction. What associates said they like least: Salary and bonus structure. Lack of training program. Some of the politics. Lack of openness to alternative work arrangements. McCarthy T�trault Toronto Participating offices: Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver Number of respondents: 83 National score: 3.36 (rank: 7th) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 3.9 (rank: 7) � How interesting work is: 4.0 (4) � Training and guidance: 3.4 (7) � Atmosphere at the firm: 3.6 (7) � Openness re: finances: 3.2 (5) � Communication re: partnership: 2.6 (7) � Realistic billable hours: 3.3 (6) � Attitude toward pro bono: 2.7 (7) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.7 (1) Average hours worked per week: 54.5 Average hours billed per week: 40.7 Salary range: CAN$51K-$160K (may include some part-timers) Prestige rank, nationwide: 6 (25 votes) Self-esteem score: 4.60 (rank: 5) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 68.7 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 88.0 percent Percent now looking for work: 9.6 percent What associates said they like most: High-end work. Talented senior lawyers. Friendly relationships with associates and partners. Commitment to diversity. Commitment to work/life balance. Prestigious without being pretentious. What associates said they like least: Pressure to bill. Mystery surrounding the “real story” about making partner. Large size, impersonal. Selection of beer in the Vancouver lounge. McMillan Binch Toronto Participating offices: Toronto Number of respondents: 8 National score: 3.85 (rank: 1st) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 4.6 (rank: 1) � How interesting work is: 3.6 (6) � Training and guidance: 3.9 (3) � Atmosphere at the firm: 4.3 (2) � Openness re: finances: 4.1 (1) � Communication re: partnership: 4.0 (1) � Realistic billable hours: 3.8 (2) � Attitude toward pro bono: 3.0 (3) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.4 (2) Average hours worked per week: 58.8 Average hours billed per week: 41.6 Salary range: CAN$121K-$150K Prestige rank, nationwide: not ranked Self-esteem score: 3.25 (rank: 7) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 100.0 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 87.5 percent Percent now looking for work: 12.5 percent What associates said they like most: Positive culture and commitment to providing excellent service. [The firm's] informality and good partner/associate relations. Casual clothes [allowed]. What associates said they like least: Partnership admission criteria fairly unclear and process relatively secretive. Seems to be uncertain about strategic direction. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Toronto Participating offices: Toronto Number of respondents: 14 National score: 3.62 (rank: 4th) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 4.1 (rank: 4) � How interesting work is: 4.1 (2) � Training and guidance: 3.9 (2) � Atmosphere at the firm: 3.9 (4) � Openness re: finances: 3.5 (3) � Communication re: partnership: 3.3 (3) � Realistic billable hours: 3.8 (1) � Attitude toward pro bono: 3.0 (3) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.0 (7) Average hours worked per week: 54.6 Average hours billed per week: 41.1 Salary range: CAN$101K-$160K Prestige rank, nationwide: 3 (75 votes) Self-esteem score: 5.00 (rank: 1) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 71.4 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 85.7 percent Percent now looking for work: 7.1 percent What associates said they like most: Diversity of people and practices. Quality of work, branding, and prestige. A supportive ethos. What associates said they like least: Large and bureaucratic. The partners have “pulled up the ladder.” Too much feast or famine on workload. Stikeman Elliott Toronto Participating offices: Toronto Number of respondents: 13 National score: 3.47 (rank: 5th) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 3.9 (rank: 6) � How interesting work is: 4.1 (1) � Training and guidance: 3.5 (6) � Atmosphere at the firm: 3.8 (5) � Openness re: finances: 3.2 (6) � Communication re: partnership: 3.4 (2) � Realistic billable hours: 3.4 (4) � Attitude toward pro bono: 2.8 (5) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.2 (4) Average hours worked per week: 59.1 Average hours billed per week: 46.3 Salary range: CAN$101K-$160K Prestige rank, nationwide: 4 (52 votes) Self-esteem score: 4.77 (rank: 3) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 84.6 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 84.6 percent Percent now looking for work: 30.8 percent What associates said they like most: Availability of opportunity. Relaxed, informal, and social environment. Top-tier work. What associates said they like least: Long hours are expected and normal. Office politics. Difficult to tell what the firm’s commitment is to its associates. Torys Toronto Participating offices: New York, Toronto Number of respondents: 26 National score: 3.62 (rank: 2nd) (Score is on a 1-to-5 scale; rank is based on seven participating Canadian firms) How the firms rated on key quality-of-life issues: � Treatment by partners: 4.5 (rank: 2) � How interesting work is: 3.8 (5) � Training and guidance: 4.2 (1) � Atmosphere at the firm: 4.4 (1) � Openness re: finances: 3.5 (3) � Communication re: partnership: 2.8 (6) � Realistic billable hours: 3.3 (5) � Attitude toward pro bono: 3.2 (2) � Likelihood of staying at least two years: 3.0 (6) Average hours worked per week: 60.3 Average hours billed per week: 45.8 Salary range: CAN$71K-$150K (may include some part-timers) Prestige rank, nationwide: 2 (79 votes) Self-esteem score: 4.92 (rank: 2) (Midlevels rated their own firm’s prestige on a scale of 1 to 5) Percent who said they have mentors: 96.2 percent Percent who are satisfied with compensation: 88.5 percent Percent now looking for work: 7.7 percent What associates said they like most: Commitment to excellence. Employees are respected, partners are approachable. People are welcome to find their own way. What associates said they like least: Lack of emphasis on alternative arrangements. Competitive, demanding working hours. Unnecessary over-servicing of clients. The feedback and review process could be more effective.

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