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How much is everybody working? This is year 3 of being in house. At my job I am 50% commercial agreements, 25% product counseling, 25% privacy. I definitely have crunch periods depending on what the business is doing or what privacy issues are happening but I’d say in an average week i have three 6-8 hour days of work/meetings and the other two days are 0-4 hours of work. It seems like everyone i talk to IRL is working a lot more or fibbing about it?

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I think I do actual work about 30 hrs a week, ie reviewing agreements, responding to emails, managing deal flow. I’m online about 40-50 hrs a week tho so the other 10-20 are me just chillen, messing around on my phone, eating, etc. lol I don’t have too many meetings, maybe 3 hours a week. I work at a late-stage startup

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Is this a commercial attorney role? Would you mind sharing comp stats and YOE? I have heard startup hours are crazy but this workload seems more manageable:)

Generally I average about 50 hours a week. I’d say that’s 60% meetings- 40% writing, reviewing, etc. These past few weeks have definitely been on the high side with everything going on but some weeks are on the slower side.

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I'm in healthcare and this past year has been super tough. Before the pandemic I was working solid 50 hour weeks, totally doable. The past year it's been 10-12 hours weekdays, and 6-8 most weekend days. Had a couple of 90 hour weeks last summer. It's been really brutal.

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Ahhh. Now that makes sense

I moved companies this year, but both were in healthcare so it's been really busy 50-60 hour weeks most weeks, but every so often it's a little slower (~30 hours 4th of July week and NYE), but I think a lot of it also has to do with what you're business owners think you do. Often I'm asked to project manage getting stakeholders to do their part on a contract. If I didn't have to chase so many people and create 100 trackers and schedule 10000 meetings to shame people into doing their work, I wouldn't be so busy (I'm looking at you Compliance and you dang salespeople).

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This is so much my life. I feel seen.

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I work about 25 to 30 hours a week on drafting, negotiating, meetings etc. But I am online at least 45 hours a week monitoring email albeit it could just be glancing at my work cell while grocery shopping.

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I am about the same as you and so are my co-workers. I hope you don’t feel guilty about it because you never know when something will blow up, especially a privacy issue that becomes all-consuming.

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Exactly!

Corporate/transactional role in-house at a F500. It has been a really busy year so far with no signs of letting up. 50-60 hours a week. Ready to go back to private practice if this keeps up.

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I am about 50-55 hours a week, but I run a global privacy program, so it’s about 75% meetings, 25% other stuff (policy drafting, PIAs, DSAR, and breach response) I’m lucky that have an jr attorneys under me to do the contract reviews and only escalate the tough stuff.

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I'm about 55 a week. I have enough work to probably do 70 a week, but that isn't going to happen

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This was my situation at my previous job. I used the time to create a side hustle and now my own real estate investing business. Use your free time wisely

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45-50 hours a week on average. Meetings depend on the week but could be 30-40%. Lots of one off unscheduled calls. Lots of litigation work lately, so not necessarily drafting but organizing and review before sending to outside counsel- especially this past week

Pretty solid 50 hours every week. Has been that way since I decided to cut back about 8 years ago. Some weeks are of course worse. Rarely are they ever better.

@AGC1 & C3, which practice area are you in?

Contract review/negotiating/drafting (setting up agreements with clients)

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Same here. At first I felt bad but honestly seems like everyone else is doing the same. I do wonder if at some point, maybe when I’m really slow, I should ask for more work? I just don’t want someone to find out some day and be like you could have asked for more work but you didn’t and now we don’t need you anymore…

I’m at a late stage startup and average about 50-60 per week. It definitely ebbs and flows, though.

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