Disappointed by my discretionary bonus and wondering if I'm right to be or need a reality check. For context, MLA at a "big law" California boutique (F100 clients, 90% Cravath scale), firm profits were up last year. 15% pay cut retroactively restored. Met hours, got a positive annual review, and a 1% bonus.

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lol 1% is not a bonus

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Lolz, wut, no. Lateral. I was a senior transactional paralegal in biglaw for many years. Worked side by side, incl. many all nighters, with lawyers whose bonuses were $100K to my, say, $1000. And the firms would act like they were bestowing this big gift, and I'd think...nope...I made more than that in OT last week. Just nope.

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I feel like if firm profits were up, you should at least get 90% or whatever the percentage has been in the past of the biglaw market bonus (especially since many of us got the extra bonus on top of that...) I'd be disappointed in your shoes.

Thanks. DIsheartening. I lateraled so no frame of reference for the past.

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