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I received an offer from a 40+ attorney firm on Friday. Mostly partners, only 4 assocs. It came directly from the mp on video call. There appear to be no HR Person. MP seems like a cool guy. Really liked the 5-6 partners I met. Seem really nicer but most were newer only like 1-2 years at the time and lower level who mostly help out on other partners’ matters. I was visibly excited about offer. Just learned that it’s actually quite a toxic workplace. How/What do I now say when I reject offer?

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You’ve analyzed your options and wouldn’t be moving ahead with them at this stage but would love to keep in touch for any future opportunities that may come up. And obviously thank them for taking the time out to interview and you’re really appreciative of the offer. So glad for you that you discovered the toxicity ahead of taking the job, it’s not always the case!

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Email is fine. It’s a plain and kind message - phone calls could involve further question e.g why etc. I think you have no obligation to divulge your reasons. The email also helps close the loop nicely and in writing, with no room for confusion at any later stage. I totally agree- but this whole don’t bad mouth your firm while you’re there and even after leaving helps this chain of abuse continues to exist. I am not sure what the solution can be without damaging our own reputation.

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