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Current and former in house M&A folks, what do your hours look like? Is the WLB meaningfully better than Big Law such that it would justify a significant pay cut?

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Left as a 6th year for a 250k job. Hours are 9-5 officially, 10-3 unofficially with occasional evening calls with Europe or Asia. No weekends unless EOQ.

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Are you the only M&A person or are you part of a relatively larger M&A team?

I had two friends say no and go back to big law. The first after a year and the other after about 2.5 years

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How significant of a cut are we talking? I think you’ll find that it varies probably 50/50.

Currently NEP so would be almost 40-50% cut. :(. No immediate up or out pressure to make equity as far as I am aware but also don’t know how much longer one can stay on as NEP.

And how do you all figure out what the WLB looks like before you make the jump? Do you just ask the future coworkers? Would that ask be perceived negatively? Not looking for a retirement place and hard working by nature, but wanted to know if the huge pay cut is worth it.

Wasn’t a significant paycut ($350k). It’s hard to escape long hours though when you’re doing M&A, even in-house. I worked 9am-10pm mostly but no weekends.

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