What is the best vacation destination for a teacher wanting to get away from kids for a while?
How is RSM PTO? Understand it’s unlimited, which limits more than accrued, but any insight on what you like/dislike?
My firm’s IT (especially system saving and file locating function) is so bad 😐😞 and they keep doing updates no one asked them for just to mess with the stuff we already got a hang of without doing anything about the issues we actually need fixed. Anyone else in a similar boat? Do you bill the client for the time it takes to fix the IT issue (or IT inefficiency generally, like time taken to find a file in a convoluted system)? Or is that supposed to be our non-billable time?
Deloitte folks, what is your year to date client billable hours ? Disclose your level as well please.
HR or Payroll:
I had resigned from a job a few weeks ago. I’m entitled to 2 weeks (10 days) of vacation pay. I used 1.5 since January 1st. Will I be paid out the vacation pay that I earned from Jan-June, or the full 8.5 days that I would’ve had left?
Cap billable hours.
Tell me if this is selfish or not. I adore my family, but since they're doing a very lowkey Christmas situation this year, I really would rather take a weeks vacation on my own. Obviously the holidays are about spending time with those you love, but I'm tired! And I see my entire family at least once a month for a group dinner. Am I a bad daughter/sister if I choose vacation this one time?
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?
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.
Based on the comments of many I know I’m not alone in just being weary right now and the past year. Big law litigation is just a billable hamster wheel I want to get off. I’m also done with firm politics, billable hours, and mystery comp models. But I’m a sucker for security and the “devil you know” has kept me here for years. Are lower stress law jobs a real thing in house and how do you get away from litigation if you haven’t been working hardcore on contracts?
Let's support local businesses this holiday season! I'm starting a thread where we can share our favorite small/local businesses we want others to know about!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
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!
Does anyone take day dates with their spouse/partner? By the time I get to bed, even on the weekends, I’m spent. I wonder if it would be more enjoyable to spend that time together during the day. We both work incredibly hard and are successful, but honestly I’m more the YOLO type and he probably would find it ridiculous to take this time off work. Has anyone found some enjoyment/benefit to spending time with your spouse like this?
I found the following perks in Deloitte should also be considered at RISE
1. Office Phone reimbursement
2. Well-being allowance yearly 25k
3. Vacation allowance of 25k
4. Amount of Rewards and Recognition min 5k compared to current reward Rs.1500
Saw so many girls at the NYC holiday party that dressed like going to a bar - HR issues?
Hi there, starting new in private practice. My job requires billable hours. Anyone know where I can find a list of terms and descriptions I can use when I am billing clients? TIA
I ran into my ex a couple days ago and it’s just all screwed with my head. We are kinda talking and he invited me to his company holiday party to be his +1.
And then he’s been ignoring me.
Went on vacation with a couple friends and they’d actually never heard of FIRE. They both spend a ton of money on things I don’t find worth it (totally fine) but the thing that bugged me was that as they make more money I can hear how many excuses they make for purchasing stuff, vs being honest about why. “I literally have zero time to go to the grocery store” “i often need random things to be delivered to me on the same day and have zero time to pick it up”. It made me worry that maybe we…
15+ years experience in Forensic Accounting. What would be considered fair pay in the NYC area? Average yearly Billings was 2,500, however recently took over the building out of systems, training younger staff, more marketing in a set region; basically more non billable work.
My background is in tech transactional. I joined a cybersecurity SaaS startup at the end of last year and now also handle more generalist matters in addition to all things commercial-related. I have a number of books on contracts that I’ve found super helpful over the years (The Tech Contracts Handbook, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Sign Here, etc.). Can anyone recommend books they’ve found helpful for L&E matters, privacy matters, product matters, or marketing/advertising matters?
Any good book recommend about Procurement I should read? Started recently, and still confused about all the different letters used. P2P, Source 2 Contract, diff between contract and vendor management.
Waiting on my Trump Bux like
What type of products are most effective for getting rid of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone?
Got the offers from the below 2 companies:
Please help me choose the same considering the below points:
WLB, Appraisal, yearly bonus, yearly hikes, job security.
BNY Mellon Pershing
JP Morgan Chase
What is the culture/work-life balance at Twilio? Considering applying for their Solutions Engineering team.
Buying a $700k property in Chicago. We are getting a 3.5% rate with 20% down. We can do 40% down and still have an emergency fund left over for 3-4 months of expenses. Should we do 40% or not?
I am looking for frontend developer opportunities in reputed product based companies. Please comment/dm if you can refer me to your company.
Last working day: 25 Nov 2022
Offer: 16LPA (13 fixed) + 9Lakh RSU
Location: Banglore, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon
Current CTC is 10l, and I have offer of 21l
I'm trying to negotiate with fidelity investments for 28l(given my experience). How can I try better convince them? Please advise. Thanks.
Also i am being given grade 5, is that correct as per my experience in years?
Curious what everyone’s been seeing from the latest Google algo update? I’ve been noticing smaller, niche sites start to show up more in high value SERPs. My hypothesis was that over the pandemic Google over-showed the large sites like NYTimes, Forbes, CNET, TomsGuide, etc in high value categories to make sure users were getting info from well-trusted sources. Now they’re scaling back and giving the little sites some love. Thoughts???
Thoughts on CAIA? Difficulty, hours studied, study tips, overall experiences, etc.? I’ll be sitting for Level 1 in September. Currently work in the fund of funds space - moving over to my firm’s hedge fund research team soon so CAIA seemed like a perfect way to get knowledge in the area beforehand. I’m almost one year out of undergrad (econ background) so a lot of the CAIA content is new to me
Currently working in analytics consulting looking to transition into strategy consulting. Are there any books or online courses you recommend to learn the fundamentals of strategy consulting?
Has anyone living in Jersey city used a pediatrician in NYC?
The facility and individual practitioner reviews seem far superior to the ones in Jersey city. Also not a car owner, so will have to uber to either place. Going to NYC involves tunnel which might be a disadvantage.
Any thoughts/inputs will be helpful
Anyone work with AI at a macro level? I am trying to understand how AI is consumed today within software? I would guess software companies use cloud providers AI solutions followed by open source and then maybe through smaller providers, proprietary AI and APIs. Anyone has deeper understanding of this?
How frequently do you expect to be promoted in your career? Some people I know expect it to happen every year 🙄
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Is it strange that anyone at my firm (associates/partners) can look up where any lawyer is on billable time for the month? I’m a third year lateral, and my old firm didn’t do that. Is that normal? Feels invasive
Partner has been sitting on something for two weeks (I’ve followed up twice) and I just know she’s going to get back to me over the weekend, while we are celebrating Christmas with my husband’s family, and want an immediate turnaround.
I can’t wait to get out of biglaw.
Mid level here. If first years aren’t doing a good job is it ok to tell the senior? To explain why something is taking longer than expected?
Explain to me like I’m 5. Why does the monthly billable hours goal on things like Intellistat change month to month. I’m not hitting hours this year. Last month goal was 158. This months goal is 180.
I had an interview for an in-house position this week. The recruiter asked me how much I was making, I said $X on the spot. She almost gasped and the interview ended quickly. Is this common? I thought by now this would be semi-public information or you’d at least have a ballpark idea before reaching out to people.
Relatively new first year M&A associate. Is it normal for every weekend to be ruined in this practice area?
Tax folks - big4 vs big law experiences?
Is 1500 hours a year still too much work if you want to do business development, pro bono, CLEs and DEI?
Thoughts/experiences on alimony?
Does anyone have any insight to the billable hours and culture at Quarles & Brady in the Minneapolis office?
Thoughts on Day Pitney’s trusts and estates/individual clients practice, and/or the firm generally? Thinking about a transition from a benefits/comp practice and interested in relocating to CT. Any info on compensation, lifestyle/hours, culture, WFH policy, etc. appreciated!
Should Morgan & Morgan associates be worried?
Happy to report that the week gone by was very relaxing compared to an intense June. Less than 40 billable hours on my timesheet last week. Went to the gym four times. And finished Season 1 of Stranger Things on Netflix. Life is good again!
I need thoughts and opinions on leaving a firm I just started at 3 months ago. It hasn’t been the worst experience but also hasn’t been the best. I was made to believe I would be practicing a lot in labor and employment (which is what I wanted to be doing) and I’m actually mostly doing general commercial litigation. I want to be doing L&E but I’m afraid of what it will look like to my current employer (and the people who have been kind to me there) to jump ship so soon. Thoughts?
What matters more: meeting/exceeding billable requirements or doing high quality work well above your class year?
I find my job really boring and don’t actually care if my clients get the result they want. I just do good enough work because I’m afraid of being seen as dumb. Is there any way you’ve been able to make work more enjoyable/interesting or should I just go back to school in a diff field? I’ve already tried both litigation and corporate.
The only difference is that with unlimited PTO the firm doesn’t have to pay you out for unused PTO days when you leave.
That’s pretty dope and I hope it applies to us
EDIT - bummer, looks like it doesn’t from a practice note. Apparently the defendant in that case put pressure on the employees to limit their vacation time to no more than six weeks and also never formalized them “unlimited” policy in writing. At least for my firm, we have a written policy, and that we are too busy to make use of it probably wouldn’t persuade any court.
The court found that EF could not avoid section 227.3 by leaving its vacation policy “undefined.” Based on the particular facts of the case, section 227.3 indeed applied to EF’s purported “unlimited” paid time off policy. Simply calling a paid time off policy “unlimited” while in practice limiting the amount of vacation an employee can take does not absolve the employer of the vacation payout requirement under section 227.3. In effect, EF’s vacation policy robbed employees of their end of employment payout. It is important to note that the decision is narrowly tailored to EF’s vacation policy and does not necessarily apply to all legitimately unlimited vacation policies. Employers should examine their vacation policies in practice and in effect to determine whether their policies are legitimately unlimited.
I always get the feeling that unlimited PTO leads to people taking less, as there's no set allowance that they need to use up...
A3: I would take full 4 weeks (Biglaw standard for firms that offer vacation) if I were at an unlimited PTO firm.
Unlimited PTO is a scam when it comes to big law. You are expected to rarely take vacation as an associate regardless if it’s given or not, so when they do unlimited if you take more than 2 weeks in a year they think you’re slacking v. If you had 3 weeks and took 2 it seems reasonable. As someone else said you also don’t get paid out for vacation days. I never took a vacation in 3 years at my firm other than the occasional Friday to make a long weekend or a sick day, and I won’t get paid out for any of it when I leave.
also came here to say it’s an absolutely scam
No effect. I take as much vacation as I can while still hitting my hours goals. As others mentioned, it just means I can get paid for excess vacation if/when I leave the firm.
The vacation policy has no impact on billable requirements.
I thought so too, but I learned on here the other day that some firms credit unused pto toward the billable requirement (though not the bonus requirement). Makes me wonder what happens at those firms if they don't hit billable requirements, at my firm it's a note in your file until you're consistently off from the rest of your group