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In what situation have you chosen to leave a previous firm and gone to another firm? Was it only pay? Was it the people at your old firm? I have a potential opportunity for a new job in a more niche area of the law, so just curious.

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Besides money, three factors: 1. Independence/Flexibility. Mostly about control of your own time, such as work-life balance and remote work policy. This sometimes largely depends on the supervising attorneys you work with. Even if the firm has a certain policy, one partner could ignore all that and change everything. 2. Nature of work. Is the work interesting enough to make you want to work / not burn out so easily? This largely depends on the practice group of the firm. 3. Working environment. Are the people in the law firm nice to work with? How much office politics do you have to deal with?

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I’m in this situation right now and have decided to accept the other offer. It pays more, which is nice, but it also offers the opportunity to expand my practice (I’m in a very niche area now and not loving it). The new firm is also more flexible about remote work and has a better training/mentorship structure. I think you need to look at the big picture. Pay isn’t everything. Neither is practice area.

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Anticipating getting an offer soon and am seriously considering accepting it. Reasons why below. 1. 20% more base plus larger bonuses. It’s not everything but it makes a difference. 2. I’m a first year associate (working from home) and I never felt like I got integrated into the firm. Hardly anybody goes into the office, my photo isn’t on the website, etc. Partners rarely called to see how things were going. These things may seem minor but it led me to feel like I wasn’t a part of the team anyway so I may as well jump ship to a higher ranked/better paying firm. 3. I’ve been painfully slow, which maybe I should be celebrating but I feel like I’m just not learning much. I have one mentor who seems to actually care, but the rest of the partners are pretty awol.

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I’m dating myself, but this was in 2008 when I was told I was a “star” so they “only had to cut my pay 10%.” Other people got cut a lot more, but it made me start looking.

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I took the money primarily, secondarily it was about chance to do more sophisticated work and switch practice areas and future prospects. Wasn’t crazy about the practice area at my old firm. Went from a small boutique to big law, and knew I had a low ceiling at my old firm both in terms of earning potential and career outlook.

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Pay, commute, & feeling like the new opportunity was somewhere I could grow

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