Is it weird to leave a job without expressing you are unhappy to any managing partners before hand? I actually think they will be shocked if I gave my two weeks and I think my biggest worry is that I am going to be killing my group if I leave with all the matters they will need to take on. But the firm has just been brutal during COVID with no acknowledgment at all (money or otherwise) of all the extra work associates have been putting in.

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Screw them. I have found through personal experience that no one person is that important to a firm/company. Sadly, if one of us died tomorrow, they would just absorb the work left behind and move on. It’s a sad reality. Don’t beat yourself up for leaving if you are not happy, life is too short. Happiness should come first.

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This!

My boss and mentors were completely blindsided when I gave notice. I had a great relationship with them and never expressed unhappiness. Those were some of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had. Be prepared for some pushback and know what you’re going to say to explain and defend your decision. Looking back, I don’t regret it for a second. I agree that you should do your best to maintain relationships on the way out. Some people might not make that easy for you, but try to keep those connections if you can.

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I did it and didn’t look back. Try your best to leave on a good note, with transfer memos and notes to clients if you’re required by the ethics rules in your state. Otherwise, the firm really doesn’t care about you outside of the money you bring in

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Agreed. It’s best to leave on good terms if you want to take clients with you with their blessing. That’s what I did when I left my firm of 14 years and was able to take my entire book of clients with me.

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Agree with OA1! Preserve your life, it's the only one you have. What the firm does after you leave is not your problem. The firm wouldn't hesitate to ax you if business conditions so required, so don't feel bad for making a business decision for your health.

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I think it’s admirable that you have had a good attitude and did not let your dissatisfaction show. Don’t let things blow up on your way out, and I imagine you’ll have strong relationships with these colleagues into the future. No one wants to stay in touch with the whiner. Way better to be the happy person who left for something even better.

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I couldn’t guess how many associates have left my firm in my time there but it’s many hundreds. I’ve seen few people care that anyone is leaving, except when someone left right before trial and even then the only annoyance was others needed to pick up their work. Just about everyone leaves. No one really cares. Don’t worry about it. Do it professionally and move on.

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Don't worry about. Someone will fill your spot in no time. Be loyal to yourself and your goals OP.

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Alerting them to your unhappiness will give them an opportunity to act first

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Trust me I’ve been there too. Either you’ll alert them and they’ll do nothing or you’ll get fired for asking for change. Best to look for a new spot if you’re in that position and quietly do it.

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You need to be true to yourself. Leave on a good note but do not be scared to move on. My grandfather told me to go in as a mensch and to leave as a mensch.

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Fought with the same feelings. But you are replaceable and the firm would not bat an eye if it were the other way around.

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