I love the work I do and the people I work with. However, my work life balance isn’t great and I hate having a billable hours goal that doesn’t feel attainable. How have others balanced a similar dilemma?
Partners/shareholders - how many hours are you expected to bill on work vs client dev and firm/associate management? My firm keeps saying that "there's no such thing as a relationship partner" and everyone top-to-bottom is expected to log 2000 hours/year on real billable work. Marketing etc is done on top of that. Is that normal?! If so, I'm going to have to totally rethink my life goals.
How many billable hours are you working right now? I’m hitting like 5-10 per week lately.
First gen lawyer here (not that that really impacts the question/post) but I see all these posts about entering billable time and appropriate descriptions (mostly in big law or other practice areas (Domestic Relations litigation here)). How often do people here run into clients requesting meetings to have their bills explained or refusing to pay certain work? What’s your practice area, and who in your firm is tasked with these explanation meetings?
Need some advice, I’m a third year healthcare/corp/M&A associate in Texas from a small firm. Was let go today because of recent hires and not enough billable work. Feel like I should try everything possible to secure another job and still a bit shocked. So if anyone in this bowl has any leads, please let me k ow! TIA!
A reminder to those who are stressed about your billable hours that your value is more than your pure productivity. To those stressed about relationships, relationships are hard even for non-lawyers, but you are absolutely worthy of love. It is an important reminder for all of us that you are worthy and you are valuable. Keep fighting!
I’m a first-time prospective lateral likely to get an offer shortly. I just received a lateral questionnaire that requests billable hours, rates, fees collected, etc. for the last three years. Forgive my ignorance but is this normal/standard? Do people actually answer these honestly? One of the reasons I’m leaving my firm is there isn’t enough work in my group so of course my hours are low.
My Shareholder came into my office yesterday and proceeded to tell me that "we" were getting sloppy & "we" needed to get our billable up and that she had missed things. She made a point to say hers were low & she never gave me info regarding billable time. Our biggest client cuts half our time.
During the interview they never mentioned there were billable req.
1 month ago she was singing my praises. Had been real sick last 2 months and went to HR re med accommodation and now this.
There is almost nowhere to find reliable bonus information on Canadian firms. I’ve heard of year end bonuses ranging from 10-50% this year (not including Covid bonuses). Let’s start a thread posting year of call, rough billable hours worked and bonus as a percent of salary.
5 year call. 1850 hours. 10%.
Is it just me or the average billable work in infrastructure transactions has blown off steam in the last couple of weeks?
How valuable is an associate attorney who can bring in 5-10 new insurance defense files per month, and how much more should that attorney be compensated for bringing in that business as compared to one who just meets their billable hours?
In house litigators - what does your workday/life look like compared to being at a firm? Even if there are no billable hours, do the deadlines and the nature of litigation cause it to be equally as stressful as a firm environment?
Until we move away from the billable hours model, there will not be true work life balance when free time is preferred. As you gain experience and knowledge within our field we are too knowledgeable to be equating our value to time spent discussing or doing. There is an inherent conflict from leaders that want to maximize revenue which means maximize billable hours and staff that minimize hours.
Any thoughts on Maron Marval? Specifically their Texas office regarding workload, salary range and 1950 billable hours?
First gen lawyer here (not that that really impacts the question/post) but I see all these posts about entering billable time and appropriate descriptions (mostly in big law or other practice areas). How often do people here run into clients requesting meetings to have their bills explained or refusing to pay certain work? Are you small, mid-size, big law, and who in your firm is tasks with these explanation meetings?
Question re: salary. I’m thinking about accepting an offer at a small (4-6 attorneys) transactional firm. I would primarily be working on NDAs for clients. The role sounds great (no billable hours, fully remote, flexible hours/ can work from anywhere); however, the salary is $70K. I’m a new attorney, with only one year of experience. Does this salary seem low? If so, any advice on what someone in my position should ask for?
I have a question about mid-size Philadelphia law firms. Does anyone have any insight about what life is like (culture, pay, billable hours, cases, WFH, perks, etc.) as a junior partner/senior associate/of counsel in the litigation department at the following firms: Montgomery McCracken, Schnader Harrison, Stradley Ronon, Dilworth Paxson, Klehr Harrison?
Getting over heartbreak and having a full time job is torture lol. My boyfriend and I just broke up after almost a year of being together. It was such a beautiful relationship but ultimately he just didn’t love me. I love him so much. My mind knows that I deserve reciprocal love and I’m worthy, but I feel physically ill. My body hurts, my stomach is in knots, my head hurts. How is it that I have to mend a broken heart but also meet my billable hours lmao
Looking to leave a govt job for a junior attorney role in a small workers comp defense firm. I have no experience in workers comp. How easy is it to learn the work and make 1850 billable hours? What future opportunities does this experience give?
Anyone taken Italian classes in the city? Would love recommendations for a beginner who just wants to be conversational. I have duolingo, but I’m not a huge fan. I rather sign up for and go to actual classes. Grazie!
How are the projects in banking and financial services (B1) in LTI. Are they using new tools.
I got the offer! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
God Bless the owner of this bowl to help throw light on cringe that gets floated around in LinkedIn.
Nothing more stressful than fixing a broken model before a client meeting with the MD breathing down your neck and the entire team watching. I literally derped and forgot how to use shortkeys.
Are certs from Harvard Extension School worth the cost? Disregarding the intangible value “Harvard” brings on ur linked in profile?
For those in Seattle, what WiFi provider would you recommend? Just signed a lease in the downtown area
What headphones/headsets is everyone using? Any recommendations in regards to audio/microphone quality? Battery life? Transitioning between laptop and phone?
9:00 AM creative presentations are a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Scheduling anything before 10:00 AM should be grounds for industry banishment and exile.
Any firms hiring senior advisory associates? Did 3 busy seasons as an audit senior, currently working on CPA license. Get that referral bonus 💪🏼
Anyone have thoughts on Affirm? Almost at manager level at BDO, but Affirm is a public Company and has a financial reporting lead role, fully remote, 4-6 years of experience. Is that the type of role I should be shooting for when looking to leave public? I was thinking about apply but wanted to crowdsource some thoughts.
Hello, professional people here is my sad Resume please tell me what to do to get a job.
Good Morning! Today 6pm onward in the basement of The Flowershop (107 Eldridge St) all you NYC'ers to meet others in the city on the first bi-weekly basis through the Advertising Industry Happy Hour.
Do Nagarro accepting counter offers now a days?
Any ad agencies that admire more so experimental or inspired by fine art approaches? I think my adbook is good but sometimes I feel like it’s too “out there” for the agencies I’m sending it to.
Traverse city recs for 2-3 days with a toddler? Best hotel/resort to stay at? I don’t mind splurging, it’s our first vacation as a family of three