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McCarthy Tétrault LLP
McCarthy Tétrault employees are recognized at the organization's annual long-service awards celebration  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • In recognition of the unique circumstances employees are managing in addition to work responsibilities over the past year, McCarthy Tétrault continues to support a variety of alternative working arrangements, introduced access to virtual health care services, increased its mental health practitioner benefit (from $1,000 to $2,000), and expanded the eligible expenses for the annual wellness benefit to include a wider variety of items to support mental and physical health, including athletic footwear and Apple watches
  • McCarthy Tétrault starts the majority of its new employees with three weeks of paid vacation, with management and legal personnel starting with four weeks -- and the firm also considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlements for experienced employees
  • McCarthy Tétrault reimburses a portion of eligible expenses incurred for wellness and fitness activities and items, including sports programs, personal wellness, dietitian services, and even shared commuter bike rentals (to name a few) -- the subsidy ranges from $550 for employees, up to $4,000 for partners
A McCarthy Tétrault employee biking in support of the annual Bell Let's Talk campaign  

Employer Background

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,510
Part-time employees in Canada 44
Full-time employees worldwide 1,529
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 47 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response moved employees to work-from-home arrangements early in the pandemic, provided a home computer allowance, expanded the eligible expenses for the annual wellness benefit to a wider variety of items to support mental and physical health (from athletic equipment to Apple watches), reinstated birthdays off and personal days (in recognition that employees are struggling with workload and boundaries between work and home)

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features with 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, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, board games, natural lighting and great views of the surrounding downtown
Other nearby amenities St. James Park, Berczy Park, Rogers Centre, CN Tower, Scotiabank Arena, all-weather access to coffee shops, restaurants and shops in the city's underground PATH network

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name organized social events across the firm (with formal social clubs at Montréal and Vancouver offices)
Past social events paused most social events and adapted some to virtual versions to keep employees in touch including the annual appreciation week that featured a week of virtual events including coffee chats with leaders, sending e-cards to coworkers, virtual yoga and cooking competitions (followed up with a $75 gift card to spend on self-care or anything meaningful to each employee)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress Fridays, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications senior leaders host town hall meetings (with employee question and answer sessions), virtual coffee chats hosted daily

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 $10,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), referral bonuses range from $1,500 for employees and up to $10,000 for lawyers

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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 7 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Wellness initiatives wellness program includes coverage for various wellness and fitness expenses, including gym memberships, sports programs, personal wellness, dietitian, shared commuter bike rentals and more (subsidy ranges from $550 for employees, to $1,000 for associates and up to $4,000 for partners)
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
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information primary caregivers receive maternity leave top-up of 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks (to 4 weeks if not the primary caregiver), emergency back-up child care and elder care support services, nanny placement service, Montessori kindergarten program, additional travel expense reimbursement for nursing moms (lawyers) that covers travel, accommodation and food allowance for a secondary caregiver if accompanying, private family room in each office (includes comfortable seating, toys, changing tables), unique “maternity buddy” parental support program for lawyers

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, paralegals, clerks 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 allows employees at any level to nominate a co-worker or team for a monetary award, Bravo Award program 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

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 formal mentoring program promoted every May during Mentoring Month (managed virtually over the past year), summer mentoring program for students and dedicated mentoring program for non-legal personnel and managers

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 400 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, BC Centre for Ability, Covenant House Toronto and Vancouver, YMCA Camp Wankita, St. Andrew's Out of the Cold, Theatre Calgary, Habitat for Humanity, Moisson Montréal, to name only a few
Community highlight The generous McCarthy Tétrault Foundation was established in 1997 to oversee the firm's charitable giving and sponsorships of organizations and causes that "improve the lives of everyday Canadians," supporting hospitals, local charities, food banks, youth and cultural programs, arts organizations and law schools. McCarthy Tétrault also manages a longstanding pro bono program in support of disadvantaged or low-income individuals and support groups.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • McCarthy Tétrault maintains an annual internal pipeline scorecard to track gender demographics of partners, associates and students as well as statistics on advancement to partnership, lateral hires and departures -- and recently integrated inclusion performance metrics into the firm's annual review process (employees report on their inclusion contributions during annual reviews and are compensated for their contributions)
  • McCarthy Tétrault has made significant strides to increase gender diversity internally -- women represent over 50 per cent of C-suite roles, over 40 per cent of the firm's broader leadership team, and approximately 55 per cent of the firm's associates
  • In 2019, McCarthy Tétrault renewed its partnership with The Martin Family Initiative for Indigenous students, a nationwide program to improve education for Indigenous children -- McCarthy lawyers and staff act as mentors to Indigenous students in Grades 9 to 12, and remain with them through the duration of high school
McCarthy Tétrault employees Atrisha Lewis and Dave Leonard were recognized for being champions of diversity through the organization's 'Inclusion Now' awards program   (Photo credit: B3K Digital)

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,576
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Inclusion Officer
Formal commitment Inclusion Now council, Inclusion Now office (to provide expertise, support and coordination for related initiatives), Inclusion Now action groups for pride, gender, race and abilities (chaired by a senior equity partner, action groups assist in the development of recruitment, retention, education initiatives as well as community service and pro bono activities), Inclusion Now change champions
Recruitment initiatives launched new Inclusion Now initiative in 2019 to accelerate the recruitment of women, racialized people, members of the LGBTQ2S community, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities, unconscious bias and cultural competency training for recruitment team, diversity question added to interviews to enable applicants to share their views about diversity and inclusion, hosted an open house for Indigenous students
Retention and development programs parental leave equality policy to help ensure that those who take parental leave are not adversely impact for compensation or promotion to partnership
Employee resource groups Pride Network
Training and awareness cultural competency training throughout the year on topics such as LGBTQ2S+ issues, trans and gender non-binary inclusion in the workplace, mental health and wellness, racism in the legal profession, and Indigenous cultural competency, training on respectful workplace and anti-harassment, and inclusive leadership and unconscious bias
Diversity highlights employees are asked to self-identify through series of internal engagement and diversity surveys (results are used to assess the effectiveness of diversity programs as well as develop additional measures), maintains an annual internal pipeline scorecard (includes gender demographics of partners, associates and students as well as statistics on advancement to partnership, lateral hires and departures, results are reviewed annually), recently integrated inclusion performance metrics into the firm's annual review process (employees report on their inclusion contributions during annual reviews and are compensated for their contributions), introduced an inclusive leadership scorecard for senior leaders in the past year (also integrated into performance reviews and aims to launch firm-wide in 2022), recently appointed a legal and strategic advisor on Indigenous initiatives and is in the process of establishing a reconciliation committee as well as strategies to recruit and retain Indigenous law students and staff, inclusion awards to recognize students, employees, associates, counsel and partners who advance diversity and inclusion
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Justicia Project, 30% Club (36% of board of partners are women), hosts CoLab events (Women General Counsel Canada and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Judy Project (participant), Young Women in Law, Human Dignity Trust, Women's Executive Network, Pride at Work Canada, Ascend Canada, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Law Diversity and Inclusion Network, Civic Action (Hire Next), founding and lead sponsor of Business Leadership for Women Lawyers program at Rotman School of Management (several McCarthy women lawyers participate each year), legal mentorship program in partnership with the Martin Family Initiative to support Indigenous education

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.
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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, orientation program, 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 health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, 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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