Gilbert + Tobin Reviews

Updated 18 Aug 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm, however, experience varies depending on the team"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer 
    Recommends

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Access to top-tier, interesting work and clients. Work with very talented people who are interested and passionate about their area of expertise.

    Cons

    Like any other law firm, those who are promoted as partners are promoted because they are "rainmakers" and not necessarily because they're good managers. This means you've got some leaders with very high IQ but very low EQ.

  2. "Believe 80% of what you've been told"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer 
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    The best aspects of working at G+T were: - getting great hands-on experience at an early phase of your career; - top of market remuneration (although I understand this is changing); - camaraderie; - interesting work in some teams; - meritocratic, non-hierarchical structure (well, at least for a law firm); - genuine appreciation of and opportunities for meaningful pro bono work (this is part of the firm's DNA); - relaxed culture where most people will feel comfortable being themselves - you'll be welcomed as an individual but judged (sometimes harshly) on your output.

    Cons

    Personally, I (mostly) loved my time at G+T. I made great friends, met really interesting people, and worked on some very interesting deals. But plenty of people had the opposite experience. This is mostly a matter of personality fit. If you do your homework on the team you'll be working for, you can avoid mishap. The stories about working you too hard are true, but that will happen at any top firm and you need to expect that going in. Structurally, G+T is a federation. Individual partners collaborate and generally have good relationships, but ultimately run their own fiefdoms. If you land in a good one, you will be happy; if not, you won't. And that can be highly subjective - it will depend mostly on your personality fit with your boss. So definitely, when applying for a job at G+T, insist on meeting with the partner you'll be working for, ideally in a neutral location that allows you to properly scope out their personality and be honest about the deals they are working on. A consequence of that dynamic, which can be very tough for those who fall victim to it, is that if you don't find the right it with your partner or your team, you will feel isolated and unsupported. There is no safety net, and HR won't help you. The culture is also changing. Long ago it was like the wild west in terms of remuneration, rules, work style and culture. That has been changing gradually, and a few years ago a COO was appointed, who has sucked a lot of the life out of the place. This has probably been good for partners' draws, with directly correlated harm for the salaries and benefits for lawyers. The first thing to suffer was the Christmas parties, then biannual firmwide whinge emails about amex use and taxi policy, and then recently before I left, the introduction, in the name of transparency but apparently with the effect of bonus minimisation, of a bonus policy. The result is that increasingly the firm feels like any other law firm. Let's see where they draw the line, and lets see its impact on the type of talent they attract and retain, and their institutional ability to adapt to changes in the market.


  3. "Great firm"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the team you work with, but usually great culture. No hierarchy and Partners are really approachable.

    Cons

    Long hours but that's the nature of working in a law firm anyway

  4. "Top tier commercial law firm"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extremely high achieving culture. Good break from the stuffy, cons ever I’ve Lae form model.

    Cons

    Dog eat dog. Not quite as ‘prestigious’ as its competitors.

  5. "Amazing"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic training and culture. HR are lovely and attentive. The partners are approachable. The office is stunning. Go for it! I really regret leaving.

    Cons

    None, absolutely none. Really good hours for casual staff too.

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  6. "a"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Graduate Lawyer in Sydney

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    very nice and friendly people

    Cons

    long hours can be expected

  7. "Forward thinking firm"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work options; Competitive salary

    Cons

    High billable targets; Almost exclusive focus on billables as the KPI

  8. "solid people and management"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Sydney

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good people and excellent work environment flexible

    Cons

    sometimes long hours but overall comfortable

  9. "Great firm with top work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Gilbert + Tobin full-time

    Pros

    Top work, innovative, entrepreneurial and exciting place to work

    Cons

    Can be very long hours.

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Go with eyes wide open"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gilbert + Tobin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very brilliant colleagues. Market leading transactions.

    Cons

    Pigeon-holed. Silo team environment (you will only ever do one type of work, for one partner). Very toxic culture. Many very disillusioned colleagues. Many archaic views around women in the workforce in particular. Personal leave not respected (whether it’s for holidays, as a carer or any other reason). Not enough resources. No emotional support. Clients come first at all costs.

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