Dem billable hours...
What does everyone have for billable hours?
Has anyone transitioned from Tax to RM? Could you share your experience and pros/cons of the change? Really want to get out of client facing/billable work, but I like my firm. Thank you!
What matters more: meeting/exceeding billable requirements or doing high quality work well above your class year?
How do you handle a boss/owner that is standing in the way of their own company's success? Everyone else knows it but is too afraid to confront them, including his business partner/co-owner. They are constantly derailing projects (to do non-billable work). We're stuck in an endless cycle of redoing our own site - the owner doesn't want to define a strategy so we can *actually* move forward. Dev team (me) is handed wireframes, I build it, then come review time he changes his mind all over again.
Naive question: How many yearly billable hours are reasonable for a good balance of work and home. I have a young child and don't want to miss out on important moments. I had one firm state that their yearly quota is 1900 hours and I don't have a frame of reference as to whether this is reasonable or if it means 12 hour days. I am coming from public service so billables are 100% new to me. Any insight is appreciated.
I need some advice, I’ve been in a newly created role within a pharma agency for about three months now and it is not going too well. There is little to no structure or direction from senior leadership, no access to client data, little to no billable work. Worst of all, no project is related to what I have been hired to do.
I would like to move on with a different agency asap, but I’m not sure how to proceed with such a short time here.
How do you track your time spent reading and responding to emails? I don’t want to run a timer each time I open outlook, but I feel like I’m losing hours of billable time every day to one-off emails that I would never individually bill 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?
I just found out my billable rate, can I use this in negotiations for a higher salary? It’s almost 5 times my hourly rate.
I commute 1.5 hours to work and 1.5 hours back. Up at 6, home ~8. Don’t even like the field and billable hours..more of a small transactional firm person. Took a job out of desperation. What do I do?
Goddamn, I don't want to compromise my integrity but my engagement manager and my manager are pressuring me to eat billable hours because we're over budget and we don't want to anger the client. Fts.
If a recruiter asks what your average billable hours are, will you ever have to show proof of this number or no?
Making hard push to go in-house with a startup, billable work has dried up.
Question: what’s a good salary for VP Mkt & Sales? And commission?
Internal Thoughts: Being a lawyer is already stressful enough, but these BILLABLE HOURS can kiss my entire ass! Aside from going in-house can anyone recommend some other career paths in the legal field that don’t require billables? Thanks in advance 🥲
Is anyone willing to share billable requirements and salaries for mid-sized, Chicago market?
so, how many firm laptops' worth of billable time would you say you waste in a given month dealing with delays caused by your firm laptop?
Has anyone made a move from a boutique firm to Big Law, regretted it, stuck it out, and found success? I am in the ‘regretted it’ phase, but it may be culture shock. I started as a legal assistant for a solo practitioner 11 years ago and am now an IP Paralegal. I’ve never had keep track of billable time, and I think that’s one of the biggest adjustments.
Thinking about adding my child as an additional cardholder on Amex or other credit cards to build up their credit. I don't know if they're ready to actually have the card in their possession, but idea would be to establish early credit history.
Does it work? Is the purpose really to "build their habits" as Amex website suggests, or do they actually benefit from a longer credit history & piggyback off my good credit? First-gen professional here, so appreciate advice & resources.
I’m trying to find a psychiatrist to do an evaluation for ADHD more on attenttion side and executive dysfunction. Everyone is booking out in 2023. My heart breaks to know there are a lot of people going through.
DM unlock. How does this work?
EY folks - we're on holiday tomorrow, right?
Is it possible to fall in love with the same person twice?
I was dating a guy for 4 years when I was 17-21. I haven’t seen him for 11 years after we broke up. We finally met 1 month ago and something happened… some feelings that I never felt before. Not sure if it’s love, nostalgia or what.. we spent few days together and it was amazing. I just can’t understand what’s going on between us
I am the only person of color on my team and really in the department as an high level IC. The problem is I feel like I am not being listened to or they are not comprehending what I am saying . I will say something and it’s not a good idea or valaidated until someone else says the same thing . I feel like I’m speaking a different language. Has anyone experienced that?
As the kids say these days, VIX 🚀 🌙
New group of young realtors started working in our office. Any tips for bridging the age gap?
Creative Directors. I know we all like to piss & moan on here but I’d be interested to know what we all do as individuals to stay relevant and inspiring to our teams and clients as leaders.
For those that have been in awhile and looking closely at retirement. Are you switching careers or if you did how did it go? What advice would you give someone four years out from retirement?
Hey All. I had my 2nd round interviews for a Lead Solution Engineer role at Salesforce on Monday (2 days ago). It was w/ 2 separate SEs, and I thought both interviews went very well. Have yet to hear from the recruiter, though, which seems odd. Especially given how responsive the recruiter's been prior to this.
Is that normal? Do I just need to be patient or should I mentally prepare for a rejection? Thanks!
Accenture Federal Services vs Deloitte GPS. Type of work, wlb, earning potential, people. Want to work somewhere for the long-haul.
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Best exit opportunities in philly?
I have got an offer from Capgemini for B2 level Consultant as an SME. Can anyone please tell me if there is a scope of becoming Team lead with this band? If yes, please do tell if there is any hike available with the Team lead role. TIA
Me... me exactly
Am at a firm where I’m lucky enough to have a 1600 hour target. Considering moving to a firm with a 2000 hour target (much better salary). How much of an impact on my life (life/work balance, stress levels, etc.) would those extra 400 hours make?
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Can you guys see how much you bill everyday, like some program or something on your computer tells you, 4.5 hrs today or 9 hours today? My firm gives it to us on paper at the end of every month and thats it. Im a first year associate and wondering how everyone keeps track through out their week/month/ or year of their billable hours??
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Our new junior associate’s billable hours are so low in first 3 month. Requirement is 1800 billable hours annually, but it is low 1400 pace from calculating from average weekly billable hours. Any suggestions for what to do in the person’s 3 month review?
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PI lawyer going on 4yrs w/firm. I make a salary, no performance incentive.
Earned ≈ $2M in fees for the firm, salary <$90k.
I’m no rainmaker or prodigy. I just work my ass off, signed and worked good cases.
I’m a workaholic-no spouse or kids so I don’t mind the hrs, but I feel defeated when I closed 6 cases for fees that were 4+ years’ salary each & I don’t even get a taste of it.
So-how does an associate ask for a % of fees in the appropriate way?
The partner emails me before a conference call and ask me to take lead for him, so of course I say yes, then he just straight up doesn’t show up for the call? SIRRR
Get out of ID… you’ll have a whole new perspective on life!
Associate 2 - nope. Just many years of billing experience and very efficient in capturing my time. I also don’t have anything cut unless I cut it myself bc all my work is for my own clients. I don’t take lunches and work straight through the day. I also have a lot of smaller tasks that tend to add up as opposed to bigger projects
Get out of ID. If you want to stay in the Insurance arena, go to a plaintiff’s firm - you will make more money and have more free time. ID is only fun for partner level trial attorneys that have a decent book, love being in the court room, and prioritize work over a balanced lifestyle - which is not a bad thing, ID experienced attorneys are just generally built different, as I’m sure you are already aware of. Most Plaintiff attorneys are making a killing these days. Give it a thought. Also, try to go in-house with an insurance company - good pay, easy billables.
Haha I love the comment that we are built different — that’s a good way to put it — it’s frustrating at times to be looked down on by others who couldn’t hang for one reason or another. ID is not for everyone and people figure that out pretty quickly.
Set your own personal limits and priorities. I'm a non equity shareholder at the moment after leaving in house. I bill 2200+ and work an eight house day with plenty of flexibility to run errands and deal with kids. Sometimes I work after bed time to make up for running errands during the day since the kids are still unvaxxed and can't run with them. Pre covid I'd set a rule of no working weekends or nights except trial prep and was mostly able to stick to it.
The harder part is taking vacations and unplugging. Cases move quick and it's a volume type business. It doesn't pause for your vacations so I still find myself working a few hours a day. No tips for that yet.
I have zero tips, but you’re not alone - I’m right there with you 🥲
Definitely doable. Been doing this for almost 10 years now. Not 100% ID but a decent amount (less now than it used to be) with a billable requirement of 2200. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old with a firefighter spouse (so not around most of the time...) my tips would be to stay on top of putting your time in so you don't get behind, make yourself a schedule as far as what to accomplish each day (doesn't always go according to plan but at least it's something), and if you can find a couple things to do on the weekend or pick one evening a week to work later that will lighten up the other days of the week. It can be difficult, but also very doable. I still make it to sports practices and train for triathlons. Breaking up your day and planning out when you're getting your billables done can be really helpful in making it all work
I am scared now. Going from government job to private ID and billable is 2000 a year. Full time working spouse with two young kids 5 & 3 months 😭
Someone tell me I’ll be Okay 😂
Sounds like you shouldn’t do it dude
What do you consider a high billable target?
Above 2100 minimum and bonus eligibility over 2200.
How young? Get a nanny so your young kids are at home, plus no drop off time. Work from home. Pay others to do as many of your chores and outsourceable duties as you can.