Question: You're working as a freelancer. And have to travel for the job. Do you include those hours that you are traveling as billable hours or only the next day when the job starts?
I have practiced law for several years and still struggle with the feast-or-famine nature of my practice. (Sudden rush of client outreach, many emergencies, then … nothing). A famine week might be 3-4 billable hours/day. My practice area does not have a predictable annual cycle, like “year end” or “tax day.” Any tips from other attorneys for how to recognize, predict, and/or even out these periods?
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.
Any billable time tips?
Partners: how many hours, including billable hours, do you need to work for a year? More than associates’ hours, or less, or about the same?
Apps for keeping track of billable hours?
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?
Imagine a person lateraling into Big Law who has never had to do the billable hours previously. 1) What would be your best piece of advice? 2) What do you wish someone would have told you about billing when you started? 3) Is there maybe a book for someone entering the minefield on billing effectively and capturing time effectively? Thanks in advance!
Obligatory financial info post. 1) size of firm, 2) billable requirements, 3) salary, 4) bonus, 5) quality of life, 6) debt, and and 7) family/married/single. Go!
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.
New Orleans attorneys: my firm is trying to gather data on billable requirements, rates, and salaries because it’s been experiencing crazy turnover lately. If you’re comfortable, it would be helpful if those in New Orleans or similar markets can share this information. I’ll go first: 1. Firm’s primary practice: insurance defense; 2. Firm size: 25-50 attorneys; 3. Billable requirement: 1950 annual; 4. Salary range for 1-5 year associates: 70k-100k; 5. Salary for 5-8 year associates: 100k-125k.
Is $70,000/year, requiring 1600 billable hours, with a $4K bonus if I make the billable hours requirement, reasonable for family law?
The practice is 10-20 people; 5 attorneys if I join. In the suburb of Atlanta, GA.
How much admin/non billable time is good on a weekly timesheet? I try to limit it to 30 minutes a day...
How many Firm (non-billable hours) a year do you commit, where do most of them go, and what’s your gender?
I’ve been working at my job for nearly 2 years and I still feel like I’m getting the short end of the stick with billable work. For example, I’m constantly doing data entry even though I have a masters degree in economics. My bosses already know that I’m frustrated with the lack of opportunity but they say there’s nothing they can do, is it time to look for a new job?
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?
Are there any openings on cyber security role. If there are can anyone please refer me?
I'm having 6.5 years of experience in SOC, threat hunting and threat Intelligence.
I really have a hard time figuring out if this urge to get an MBA is something I actually want or if it’s just the pull of what my peers are doing. Anyone have any advice for figuring this out?
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I'm a CPA with public (big 4 financial services) and industry experience (tech). I'm looking to re-locate to the Southern California to be near my wife’s family. Do you know of any opportunities?
If I have 3 years of experience, up to what year of experience should I apply to jobs for? It is ok to apply to positions that ask for max 5?
Can someone help me understand the difference between Fidelity Investments and Fidelity International? Also what is the pay scale of Performance Analyst at Fidelity International
Can anyone provide any insight on getting into IB, PE or Hedge Fund? I worked in wealth management for a decade and I’m finishing up my MBA with a concentration in Mergers & Acquisitions. Series 7, series 65 and CFP as well.
How to move into marketing? Did “marketing consulting” for 3 years then moved into S&O cuz I couldn’t get a real marketing job but then got laid off. Applying to marketing PMO/ops/specialist/manager and PMM roles but get zero bites. Getting super depressed thinking I’ll have to take yet another job I don’t really like in S&O as I’m not finding new jobs to apply to outside of FAANG which get a million applicants (I have referrals) and someone will def have perfect exp. given all the lay offs
This is my first job as I has been a year working for this company, my job as application support engineer. What is a appropriate salary hike percent to ask, considering the current is below £30k, in the meeting regarding the same?
This is a very depressing bowl, I have kids and think public accounting is awesome due to the flexibility!
Has anyone given interviews at Meesho for analytics recently? What kind of questions can I expect for a manager position?
Just accepted a new position, which is also a promotion for me (from Senior Designer to Art Director). I’m really excited about this. The agency is great but is predominately white European men (at least all my interviews were), any advice for me as I step into this role being an immigrant WOC? I’m getting a little bit of imposter syndrome over here 😅
Anyone gone into pharma and come back out?
Had the most amazing mtg today...I was the only woman on a creative call with 5 men (I am a producer FYI). They were brainstorming campaign slogans...typically I shy away from making creative suggestions, but we were going around in circles so I said “what if it were just X”. Everyone just kinda nodded and moved on. 20 minutes later a dude makes the SAME EXACT suggestion. Everyone flips - immediately loves it. The CD says “that’s the one, mtg over”. It was so surreal I cant do anything but LOL
Is anyone else getting tired of these awful radio ads with car honking noises that are being played over and over again? I know I am. They're so obnoxious, and they never seem to stop!
Would moving from a firm to an employee relations position mean that I never secure an in-house employment law position? Or would such a move better position me to go in-house one day? I am having difficulty transitioning from a labor & employment firm to an in-house role, and so I am exploring alternatives while keeping in mind my future career trajectory.
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Tips on attacking an MSJ? Most efficient strategy so that little time is wasted? I thought maybe I should start by addressing the Memo. Then I’d know the facts that really need to be disputed as well as the facts that I need to add to make my arguments. This seems like the most efficient attack plan, but I’m open to hear any suggestions! Thank you!
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Nope and especially not if he/she is a partner (junior or not).
That’s my hunch. It would sure be nice
The laziness might not be so undetected. Query if you have to work with the junior partner because you can be trusted to be on top of things, even if JP is not.
But also agree no point in calling them out. If you can find a way to start reporting to the senior partner so they can see your direct contributions, that would be useful.
I was actually taken aback by my latest review. I was told that I need no supervision and my job is to take things off their plate BC they’re swamped. But in close examination, they’re swamped because they are disorganized and dislike having support because they “tattle.”
If they aren’t doing big tasks it’s probably noticed. My advice would be: stay in your lane, there’s less traffic in it. If you’re crushing bigger projects while the supervisor is doing less important work you’re building a reputation as a go to guy for bigger issues
This is one of the trickiest situations to navigate in office politics and many times there are no good outcomes. You need to make sure you are visible to the senior partner and let them make the appropriate judgments. Also you need to engage in constant CYA about deadlines, tasks, etc. because when something gets messed up, it will inevitably roll downhill so you need to be prepared to defend yourself as necessary. But “outing” a partner is going to end in disaster for you, especially because you’re only a midlevel.
Doubt that it is undetected. Partners know who is working hard and who is hardly working. The fact that he made partner probably means that he is,or was, not lazy. Trying to out him as lazy is a pretty risky move. Stick with it. It will work out eventually.
That’s absolutely right. Managing partners know their firms much more intimately than I realized. Difficultly now is that I don’t want to get stuck with having to account for my superiors poor performance. Totally out of my control and unhealthy for me to beat the managements stress over it....