Oftentimes, the most difficult career decisions for legal professionals are not the mind-boggling issues like whether to quit a job or specialize in a particular area or relocate to a new place. Their difficult career decisions relate to simple issues like deciding which organizations they should work for and why. Considering that legal professionals are passive job seekers, having the criteria to make this important decision at their fingertips, could save them a great deal of time and resources.
Interestingly, Fortune Magazine recently released its 2017 list of 100 best companies to work for. In rating the organizations, Fortune used a number of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards as its yardstick. These include leadership quality, availability of professional and personal supports for employees, employees’ relationships, hiring practices, compensations and benefits, training, recognition, and diversity programs. To assist legal professionals in determining which organization to consider for their career choice, we have profiled the first 20 of the best 100 companies.
Google needs no introduction. Founded in September 2008 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the multinational technological company has maintained for the eighth time in 11 years, the topmost spot on Fortune’s list of best companies to work for (Fortune 100 Best). If you are a lawyer and are interested in becoming a Googler (an employee of Google), the tech giant currently has an opening for the position of Associate Corporate Counsel at its Toronto office. There is no stated deadline for the application, meaning the position could close at any time. In case you are not interested in this particular role, you can still set up an alert for Google’s future legal jobs.
#2 Wegmans Food Markets
Wegman is a privately owned American regional supermarket chain. According to its website, it has 92 stores (2017, March 12). The company does not have any Canadian presence; however legal professionals in the US as well as their Canadian counterparts who are considering law opportunity in the
#3 Boston Global Consulting
In our blog post of March 8, 2017, 7 Strategies Canadian Lawyers Should Use When Looking for International Law Jobs, we recommend Boston Consulting Global as an organization that Canadian lawyers should consider working for. The multinational consulting firm came third on the list of Fortune 100 Best for 2017. Wouldn’t you rather love to work for this organization, which based on its
Baird is a leading investment firm founded in 1919. The company, which is noted for a corporate culture that places value on integrity and teamwork, has two-thirds of its employees as shareholders. In 2016, it ranked number six on the Fortune 100 Best. Its ability to move up to number four confirms it has an excellent yet improving work environment. Though its website does not show it has any Canadian presence, Canadian legal professionals who are interested in international career opportunities may set up an alert for law jobs in any of its 100 offices in the US, Asia, and Europe.
#5 Edward Jones
Edward Jones is a financial services firm with offices in Canada and the US. Founded in 1922, it got the fifth place on the Fortune Best 100. As reported by Fortune, seven percent of the company’s employees have been working there for more than 20 years. This is very impressive for an industry like banking and finance that has a high turnover rate. The 2013 Total Turnover Rate for the US banking and finance industry was 17.2% (Gallant, M. January 28, 2013, “Does Your Organization Have a Healthy Employee Turnover Rate”). Investment- and business-savvy legal professionals should consider setting up a job alert through its career page in order to be notified of future available opportunities.
Genentech is a leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical company. Its head offices are in San Francisco, US. Canadian legal professionals looking for international opportunities may consider Genentech or its parent organization – the
#7. Ultimate Software
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#10. Quicken Loans
Quicken Loan is a Detroit, Michigan, US based mortgage lending company. According to Yahoo Finance, Quicken Loan was the second largest overall retail lender and the largest online retail mortgage lender in the US in 2012. Though in 2016, it ranks fifth on Fortune 100 Best, its rank fell to 10th position in 2017. If you are a legal professional in the US or a Canadian based legal professional considering a move to the US, Quicken Loan should be one of your options.
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Founded in 1897, the global consulting company ranks 12th on Fortune 100 Best. In our blog post of March 8, 2017, 7 Strategies Canadian Lawyers Should Use When Looking for International Law Jobs, we recommend KPMG as one of the organizations for legal professionals to consider. It recruits lawyers and paralegals in its offices across Canadian major cities. Visit its career page to search for law jobs or sign up for
Inuit is a Mountain View, California,
#14. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
It is a pet-friendly hotel chain. Its headquarters are in San Francisco. Kimpton has been on the Fortune 100 Best list for eight consecutive years and in 2017 it ranks as number 14. According to Fortune, employees “opinions are always listened to.” Although it has no corporate presence in Canada, any legal professionals that enjoy working in the hospitality industry should have Kimpton on their list of companies to consider.
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#16. Burns & McDonnell
Founded in 1898, the Kansa
#17. Capital One
With its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, US, Capital One provides financial services in the US,
Founded in 2005, Workday is an information technology company that provides software solutions for financial management and human capital management for organizations. Its operations are in the US but it is a good choice for any legal professionals considering the US law jobs market.
Founded in 1941, Stryker is a world leading medical device manufacturer. Its headquarters are in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US; although, according to Wikipedia its products are sold in over 100 countries using the company’s subsidiaries and third-party dealers and distributors. Its arrays of intrinsic and extrinsic benefits make Stryker a great place to work. Any legal professionals that like to work in a medical technology environment should have Stryker on their list of companies to consider for law jobs.
#20 CHG Healthcare Services
CHG is the largest providers of healthcare staffing in the United States. It offers many benefits to its employees including pet insurance. Although it operates only in the US, legal professionals in Canada who is considering an opportunity in the US law jobs market may add CHG to their list of favorite organizations.
This list is provided as a guide for lawyers, paralegals, contract administrators and other legal professionals in Canada who might be having difficulty in determining which organization they wish to work for. In profiling the organizations, we highlighted one or two things that make their employees enjoy working there. We also found that most of the organizations on the list of Fortune 100 Best are service-based.