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Are any first years that started in January still somewhat slow (80 hours Feb, 120 March, 160 April, 180 May, 240 June, 100 so far in July) and nervous about the incoming classes starting in October? I genuinely am not sure my firm has enough work for all of us. My team feels very junior heavy. I am not too worried about job security but do want these bonuses…

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I would not consider that slow. You seem to be doing well actually - that is a healthy increase of hours month over month.

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This happens every single year. The firm has enough grunt work for all incoming first years, I can guarantee you. Also, you’re averaging 140 hours excluding your first and current months, which is not incredible but not terrible either. However, you should be looking at getting more sophisticated work so you’re not competing with people who think they scored a first class ticket on the gravy train. If this is happening, you’re all set. On the other hand, I’m sure there’s not work for the billions of people firms hired last year and when things stabilize some people will be let go. Make sure you’re not one of them.

I am definitely trying. I am asking for more work and getting good feedback.

I think firms usually give out first year bonuses regardless of hours. Not really your fault if you haven’t been fully looped in to a group yet, and the bonuses are pretty low at that point so why create ill will in this lateral market.

I’m sure there are many other firms that would gladly pay you what your firm is not.

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