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Gilbert + Tobin Reviews
Reviews by Gilbert + Tobin graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.4GradAustralia surveyed 26 graduates working at Gilbert + Tobin. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 26 responses.
- The collegiality and the team atmosphere as well as interesting and stimulating work
- The people, training, facilities, culture and quality of the work.
- I love the work I'm doing and I love the people I'm doing it with. It's not very hierarchical, which means you get many opportunities to work directly with partners. You get a lot of responsibility working on matters, but are well supervised . It's a terrific learning environment.
- Work with the best lawyers for the biggest clients. Autonomous experience for juniors with material contributions to all matters.
- I feel like I can be myself. They respect honesty. Everyone is really friendly. Get to work closely with partners. Given lots of autonomy and client interaction. Given the opportunity to attend lots of events.
- Sometimes training opportunities are missed because there is a need to complete tasks on a deadline
- It can occasionally feel under-staffed.
- At times, long hours with tough time frames and deadlines.
- Long hours.
- Expectation of long hours.
What insiders say about…
I am given lots of autonomy. The client calls me up to ask questions. The partner trusts me. In control of my work to an extent.
The culture is excellent, during the day I mix often with people of all levels, who are always respectful and friendly. There are plenty of opportunities to get together outside of work and meet people from across the firm. These are not always over drinks too, which provides for healthier interactions around events like the city 2 surf and cycling charity days out.
The interview process is more of a workshop. About 18 candidates come to each workshop. At the start, all of the candidates are given an introduction to the firm by partners from each practice group. The candidates are then split up - some have short (~15-20 minute) individual interviews with two partners, some have a sit-down chat in small groups with senior associates from each practice area to find out more about what they do, and some go on an office tour with the graduates which ends with going to grab a coffee. Everyone rotates through each phase, before ending with drinks and canapes with everyone in the office. I found it a surprisingly enjoyable process. It was much less stressful than sitting opposite a panel and being grilled for an hour. I found the structure really allowed me to be myself, because I was more comfortable. Plus, you got a chance to meet and speak to almost everyone in the office, so you got a better feel for the culture of the firm.
I think they asked me to describe myself and what I was passionate about. They also asked "why law?"
Just be yourself. The point is for both you and the firm to work out if you're a good fit.
They don't force you to stay late or make you feel like you have to but I have been busy so have had to stay late to get the work done, which I don't mind when you feel the work you are doing is important. I think the expectations of billable hours is unrealistic given you are paid for an 8 hours day and have a one hour lunch break. You have to work late to get the 7 hours in and don't get paid over time. I also don't like that it's hard to plan things for after work because at the start of the day you don't know what the end of the day will look like.
They pay very fairly, I cannot fault them here.
The firm offers a lot of discounts on various tickets and packages through the service team, who are always expanding their range. The bike and exercise facilities and changing rooms are fantastic, providing towels, assigned lockers and showers, which makes cycling and running to work or exercising at work painless
My supervising partner is a fantastic mentor. He will always take the time to explain what I'm supposed to be doing, and where it fits into the bigger picture. He always ensures I am CC'd in all the emails so I can see where the work I did ended up. He always provides prompt feedback, and is happy to answer any questions I have, regardless of how directly relevant they are!
Gilbert + Tobin has specific graduate training, to teach you the various basic skills you need - both in terms of technical legal skills and in terms of business skills. The first week when you start as a graduate is spent doing training at the Sydney office. There are other training opportunities in Sydney during the year as well. There is also training available to the whole firm, which might cover skills like networking, talk about new changes in the legal profession (e.g. how a new judgement will impact us or our clients), or about general industry changes (e.g. artificial intelligence).
Flat structure so no lock-step promotion; promotion of pay is entirely merit based
Strong commitment to all aspects of diversity.
The firm has a dedicated pro bono team with two dedicated pro bono partners and provides nearly the highest pro bono contribution per lawyer out of any law firm in the market.
Good location and view. The Sydney and Perth offices are very new with great ergonomics and views. No-tie businessware is acceptable in all teams except litigation. Casual Fridays is very casual.
I understand the office is very highly rated when it comes to energy efficiency, and has a number of responsibilities as part of being in the Barangaroo precinctJoin us to bookmark!
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