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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 often given tasks above a graduate level but I am supported and enjoy this work
The firm has a very vibrant culture. STRUCTURE AND HIERARCHY The firm has a very flat and open structure. It is completely acceptable and appropriate for young graduates to work directly with partners on certain pieces of work, and lawyers of all levels work directly with partners pretty much all the time. Younger graduates and lawyers can work for many different senior lawyers and partners just by asking around. SOCIAL Many of the employees get breakfast, lunch and dinner together multiple times a week, particularly the young ones at the clerk, paralegal and graduate level. The young ones also tend to go away together for a long weekend at least once every year. There are social sport events every week (such as indoor soccer, basketball and netball), and there are social drinks and food events multiple nights a week.
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.
Since I started my hours have been very busy but I have been given opportunities to take days in lieu to make up for some of this where possible
Quite fair and reasonable.
Dinners and taxis after 8pm are really important in backing up with consecutive long workdays.
Great level of accessibility to senior lawyers and partners.
The induction was good (2 days) and short, which is the best. It is much better to learn on the job, and have people (buddies, library staff and secretaries) to go to with questions as they arrive, rather than all in the first days. There are numerous training opportunities, and I have picked up skills such as drafting advice, understanding the regulations better, how to best format documents and deliver client presentations.
There is a set progression from graduate to lawyer to senior associate to partner. It is a standard progression to lawyer generally, more challenging to make it to senior associate (usually have to have a large number of years under your belt, probably around 6-8) and very difficult and rare to make the step to partner. No-on in the Perth office has been internally promoted to partner since 2010 or earlier but lateral hires have occurred.
Multiple programs for LGBTI, indigenous, etc; paternity and maternity leave; pro bono programs.
Indigenous programs; strong pro-bono team; charity drives and morning teas
Open plan. Really nice.
The Perth office has a 5-star energy rating, and the Sydney office has a 6-star rating (the maximum). We have a strong recycling system, and are encouraged to go paperless (i.e. avoid printing) whenever possible.Join us to bookmark!
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