What does bench life look like for you? For me a typical day looks like this 9 am- sign in and check emails 930-11 : look for a new job 11-2 lunch and nap 2-3 : sometimes meetings, mostly begging people for billable work 3-4:30 - proposal work if I have it or more job hunting 5-9pm family time and dinner 10-3am - netflix, videogames, cry myself to sleep
So who else here is experiencing plummeting billable hours and exponential weight gain since this whole WFH thing started? Bought snacks for 30 days, finished in 48 hours.
How many billable hours did you record in March? I had to get an early start on quarantine because a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19. So, I’ll start, 155.
Billable hours... If I make $100K, which is ~$50/hr, how much does the agency mark it up? Double? If I’m dedicated to an acct, and work 60 hrs in a week, do they bill time and a half after 40? I assume that’s all negotiated in contracts, but I’ve never peeked behind this curtain before.
One of the partners I work for keeps telling me to write off my own time, even though the standard practice at my firm is that associates bill for all their work and the billing partner writes it off. It’s made me lose a lot of billable hours this year. Any thoughts on how to proceed?
If you don’t make your billable hours requirement at your firm, are you ineligible for a bonus? It seems strange that if you bill 1899 hours, you get no bonus, but if you bill 1901 hours, you could get a bonus of 10% of your salary. Asking because I’m at 93% of my billable requirement.
If you are an associate assisting on a file, you get cc’d on all emails and take time to read them and stay up to date, however you aren’t actually replying to the emails or doing any billable work. But you need to stay in the loop for when you need to eventually draft a document and know the facts. How do you record your time for these emails?
Opinions? Management now requiring everyone to have 45 billable hrs per week, not including mandatory concepting n pitch work. Most people participating in 2-3 initiatives at same time. Is this normal
My firm sent an email yesterday saying their tracking billable hours DAILY. It’s either they don’t think we’re working from home or about to have some layoffs 🤷🏼♀️
What approach do you prefer to take when a client thinks the billable hours on an invoice are too high, but you think they are reasonable based on the work performed/deliverables?
Would you leave a firm if you could not get enough billable work to consistently hit the firms’ billable was requirement? I was hired into a specific department over a year ago and (con’t in comments)
I’ll be doing my first deposition ever via Zoom in a month or two. Any tips? Resources to read? Videos to watch? (I’m a rising second year associate who got hired during the pandemic. I really want to impress my new bosses, so I’m going to put in tons of non-billable time prepping)
Trying to explain billable hrs to hubs. I billed 160 this month, which he said “is only 40 hr weeks” (true) - but how many hrs do you figure you “work” or are in the office to bill 150?
Anyone having a horrible time meeting billable targets during quarantine? I haven’t been able to focus at all. Without much contact from my office, I feel like it’s just me, and everyone else is billing just fine. That can’t be true though, can it? I mean maybe some people. I’m so far off my requirement and worried. 🤦🏼♀️😭
For those of you in house, do you actually read the articles written up by law firms? I’m constantly being asked to do this non billable work and I’m not in a place to reject and want to know the actual value of this exercise.
Do you count Sundays as a weekday? Somehow I always end up with an ASAP billable work. Not complaining, just making observations.
How does everyone else’s firm track billable hours? My firm only gives billable credit for the hours that go out on a bill to the client. Anyone else’s firm do this?
At my new job, we’re told to get 8 billable hours of work a day on our timesheet. Even when I thought I had a lot to work on, the most I could get was 5 hours. I’m super stressed about getting in trouble, even though I have actively asked for more work. I was unemployed for 9 months during this pandemic and I now I’m super afraid of losing my job again. Is this a normal practice? Idk how I’ll ever consistently have that much work.
Monday morning and the only thing that goes through my mind is wow I hate my job. Between the strict requirement of releasing billing time daily, high billable goal and I guess a heavy workload (and everything that comes with living through a pandemic) it’s hard to start my day excited for work. And I hate it. Makes me question why I’m doing this for a living.
I’m 8 weeks pregnant and am exhausted all the time. Like, sleeping 8 hours a night and still can’t keep my eyes open during the day. My work is insanely busy and the pressure is really on for billable hours. Our firm has furloughed some lawyers and laid off others. So even quick naps during the day aren’t a possibility. I’m typically working from 8:30-7, break for dinner, and then back on the computer from 9-10:30 before bed. I exercise most mornings and eat well. What can I do to make it thru?!
How do you guys schedule your hours? Say I need to hit 200 hours per month. Currently I take the amount of working days in a month (M-F) and divide it by 200 to get how many hours I need to bill per day. For example, May has 20 working days, so I need to bill 10hrs./day M-F. I’ve done exactly that thus far and have been able to stick to a pretty consistent schedule. But I know a lot work on weekends. For instance, if I worked Saturdays too there are 25 billable days which means 8hrs/day.
I cannot stand the billable hour. I love litgation but I would rather charge anyway other than a billable hours it's such a pain to enter to the 1/6th of an hour when I was doing.
Can anyone recommend an app or software for tracking billable hours to make it easier to put together and submit timesheets? I work for a small firm and all of our billing/invoicing is done manually. Every couple of weeks I go through my notes to type up my timesheets and I’m wondering if there’s an app that can record my time as I work and then put that all together categorized by client to submit for invoicing. I don’t need to note how much a particular client pays per hour.
What do you all do when you don’t have billable work and are killing time at your desk? Do you try to do things you can bill under “non-billable time” such as read legal articles? Or just bill nothing
I’ve noticed that work is creeping into the later hours now that people no longer “go home.” What are your agencies doing to combat it since leaders are worried about billable hours more than ever?
Received an offer at an insurance defense firm for $75K. 2K billable hours requirement with bonuses for going above. Is this offer any good? And should I attempt to negotiate? Any help would be appreciated!
Hi all! I received an offer at an insurance defense firm but recently received a slightly better offer at a plaintiffs firm. Not sure which direction to go in. The defense firm has a crazy billable hours requirement and at the plaintiffs firm I will be managing a large docket of cases. Not sure which is more or less stressful.
If I’m not charging any billable hours is it acceptable to “work” from home one day a week? I’ve asked for work, my office is dead right now post 10/15. Just don’t want to get in trouble for putting
My dog is very sick again and it’s hard not to worry that it might be his time. Waiting to hear from Vet. Have a hard push to finish billable hours. It’s been just me and him for the past 12 years.
Real talk: does anyone else find all the bragging about super high billable hours kind of sad? There is more to life and it just reads like life not being lived. 😔
How are firms handling the economic downturn in terms of billable hour requirements for associates? Are annual billable requirements being updated or mitigated in any way? Curious to see how other firms are handling this issue, and also afraid of not being able to take any time off until 2021 😳
What are your favorite time entry tips and tricks? I’m going into my second year and I feel like I suck at it. How do you write your entries to maximize your billable time—reading/drafting emails, internals calls, crying about a deadline?
I negotiated a flexible working arrangement with my firm at the beginning of last fiscal year. It consists of a reduced salary based on a reduced number of total hours worked and a certain percentage of those hours being billable hours (my normal utilization % goal). My work-life balance did not improve and I gave notice to leave the firm last month, but my boss convinced me to stay through 10/15. Recently she insinuated that if I don’t meet the billable goal, I’ll need to pay back the firm...
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