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Horrible anxiety about considering a new job.... I was one of the big firm stealth layoffs in covid and joined a boutique firm in Sept. They came sort of close to matching my salary but I moved to SoCal and have an opportunity to jump back in to big law and get $100k raise. The people at the small firm are so nice, but hours are nuts and if I’m going to work this much, I might as well get paid more, right? Is it too soon? How do you tell them when the managing partner took you under his wing?

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100k raise your work just as much as you are working now? Do it.

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Do it!!! Do it!!! Am going through the same thing! Do it by faith!!!

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Ahh good luck! Crazy times!

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It’s definitely a hard pill to swallow to be working big law hours without the big law pay. It’s a tough one but sounds like you know in your heart what to do!

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100k is a lot of money. It is not quite as simple as “if I’m working a lot, I might as get paid more,” though. Have to consider a number of other items: what do you want for your career, and would switching firms be a step in the right direction? If you have a “next step” like in-house or government in mind, your current firm might be the better choice if it affords you more opportunities and you want a cleaner resume. What happens if biglaw doesn’t work out a second time? With a couple of recent jumps, you’ll be staking an awful lot on being happy enough in the next job to stick around for a while, and being lucky enough that your firm/group doesn’t have a downturn where you get pushed out. How crazy are you now versus the likely 24/7 all hands on deck responsiveness requirements of biglaw? Etc. Ultimately only you can weigh these factors. If the money is enough to outweigh potential negatives, don’t feel bad about leaving. You only have one life.

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Do you *need* the extra money? If not, might not be worth the switch to leave a good work environment. Working with bad bosses can be so mentally draining.

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Hahah thanks I think I’m really trying to have someone tell me I’m not an awful person 🤦🏻‍♀️

All great points. I’m the youngest at this boutique so if there’s a downturn, I’m definitely the first one out here as well. Same exact job in big law, same practice group, etc. I would probably lose a year/two on partnership track, but that’s ok. Let’s just say the anxiety level is at a 11/10 today, 115 emails because I took a 1.5 hour CLE. Ridiculous.

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Oh boy - I mean you might as well get paid if it's going to be that hectic. Big law firms are hit and miss based on the partner/group you are in. They have a really big impact on if you stay or leave.

Just do it. There is no reason to be working all the time for 6 figures less (is that base? Or base plus bonus?) than you could be making elsewhere. Explain to the managing partner you really appreciate their training and mentorship and never planned to leave so soon but the pay delta is just too much for you to justify turning down. They will understand. It’s all business. Try and do them a solid by referring matters back sometimes that are not the right fit for your biglaw firm. Plus September to June is a respectable 10 months that you can round up to a year. 😂 When it comes up in the future you can easily explain it as the job you took following an unexpected covid recession layoff. It happens every recession, no shame in it. Look at the resume of anyone who graduated pre 2007 and you’ll probably see some bumpy sections in the 2008-2012 range.

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