It seems partners are much more flexible with associates who have kids than with those who don’t. If it’s okay for my colleague with a kid to leave at 5 pm and log on later, why isn’t that the same for me (no kids)? My obligations might be different, but I still have a life and want to be able to do certain things, like catch that evening workout class or cook dinner for my partner. As you can probably tell, my firm is operating 100% in person. There is no point here — I’m just whining.
Other than higher pay (I didn’t become a lawyer to get rich 🤣) what is the benefit of working for BigLaw, or private practice in general? As a government lawyer, I make 6 figures, have excellent benefits, no billable hours requirements, more time off than I know what to do with (including mental health days), a pension, a 401(K), option to chose whether to WFH or not, no weekend work, no working before 8am or after 5pm. It seems like so many lawyers in private practice are unhappy.
Based on the comments of many I know I’m not alone in just being weary right now and the past year. Big law litigation is just a billable hamster wheel I want to get off. I’m also done with firm politics, billable hours, and mystery comp models. But I’m a sucker for security and the “devil you know” has kept me here for years. Are lower stress law jobs a real thing in house and how do you get away from litigation if you haven’t been working hardcore on contracts?
To all advisory brothers and sisters, what do you do when there's no project available and you are really looking for billable hours?
Hi there, starting new in private practice. My job requires billable hours. Anyone know where I can find a list of terms and descriptions I can use when I am billing clients? TIA
I have a recruiter showing me a general overview of FTI Consulting saying that compensation would consist of base salary + monthly qualified billables + 10% to 20% annual bonus. Is this similar to A&M (% of billable hours)? I'm currently in TS but am looking for a boost in compensation, more than a public accounting firm can offer. What kind of $ are FTI seniors making in this market?
I received an offer to lateral to another firm with slightly better pay but more importantly, less billable requirements. As a FTM, I feel like I need the next couple of years to be a little less stressful. Is there a way to move but without burning bridges? I want to leave the possibility of returning open at some point. The people I interviewed with seem fine to work with but it’s a smaller firm and you never know firm culture until you’re in it.
Im a third year associate and I’m frequently asked to give presentations (on new case law, legislation, ect.) during a weekly meeting for my section. There’s a first year associate and a law clerk in my section who are never asked to present. Should I push back on this? Would it look bad if I delegate some of the work to the others? I spend a lot of non billable time prepping for these presentations...it seems unfair that I’m the only one who has to do them.
Are there other volunteer opportunities within EY besides the EY Connect Day? At PwC one can have 40 billable hours for non-profit work and I am wondering if EY has anything similar.
I’ve been off my last billable project for about a month, but my firm has had me putting in full days to work on important internal initiatives and business development that are being taken very seriously, and that include deadlines, etc. very similar to the work I’d do while on a project. Is it likely I’ll be laid off if this continues for another couple of months? How long do you think my firm might let me stay employed like this if they continue to have this much non-billable work for me?
Anyone know what the base salary range is for mid-level attorneys at Akerman LLP? In particular the Dallas office. Billable requirements?
Fun fact that consultants will appreciate: The weight of the Liberty Bell equals the number of billable hours in the year. 2,080 lbs. Can anyone else “wow” us with a fun fact?
I cannot stand the billable hour. I love litgation but I would rather charge anyway other than a billable hours it's such a pain to enter to the 1/6th of an hour when I was doing.
What does your work schedule look like (roughly) if you are aiming for 1900 billable hours?
My firm had a major IT meltdown that prevented anyone from billing pretty much anything for a week. Billable requirements are not being adjusted. Am I right to be mad or am I being dramatic?
What are most 2nd and 3rd year litigation associates at small/boutique sized firms making in the SF Bay Area? Helpful if you specify defense/plaintiff side, base salary, benefits, bonus, billable requirements, and would also be interested to know gender/ethnicity (for pay-gap purposes) if comfortable sharing. Asking because I think this kind of (anonymous) transparency helps us all in advocating for fair compensation for ourselves.
What are everyone's thoughts on firm activities/professional development work that you do outside billable hours? Anyone else feel that most are a complete waste of time?
Is there a policy for charging billable hours on the weekend? Feel like I should be able to bill 1.5x+ for having to work on the weekend
Our M has suddenly started assigning us firm initiative work, like creating account newsletters for the internal team. (Think about a long email with tips about WFH, exercise, hobbies, and other nonsense). We've tried to politely tell him we have project work to address and that the new monthly newsletter is frankly not a priority and that it's impeding billable work. He has screwed team members over during reviews for but listening to everything he says. I'm really not sure what to do. Advice?
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I got really drunk and lost my card, saw a bill for 400 bucks and reported it as fraud. But I barely remember the night. Should I let the bank know?
You are about 30, married, no kids, recently moved to a new city. How do you make new friends?
Friend is a developer who wants to stop coding and build a dev firm. He’s led a tech team (~15 years experience) but never sold a thing in his life. Any good books/posts/etc. that talk about building your book from scratch? Bonus points to building a team while building a book.
McKinsey = HBS (old, prestigious), BCG = Stanford (close up there, and closing in), Bain = Wharton (same conversation, but a teeny bit lower), Deloitte = Booth (rising in the rankings, but no one...
Just got a job offer from PWC! 😁But for some reason, the offer letter is addressed to Emma Stone?
Who are we? SENIOR MANAGERS! What do we want? WE DON’T KNOW! When do we want it? YESTERDAY!! How will we contribute to getting it? BY TURNING UP MONTHS INTO AN ENGAGEMENT AND YELLING AT STAFF FOR NOT KNOWING ANY OF THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THINGS WE NEVER TOLD THEM!!!!!!
Got an offer from Capgemini Invent but Alix Partners wants to put me through an accelerated interview process, what would you do? (cont'd.)
How long would one have to stay at a company to have it viewed as a successful stint by future employers?
Jokes! What kinds of bagels fly?
Legit question, is it Associate or Asociate (with the accent on s)? It seems like these two words are interchangeable.
Has anyone been put on a PIP and successfully gotten through it? Seeking advice & support on how to navigate this. Please no jokes or jabs.
Whoa, just found out about the Costco Next section on their website...and that they partnered with Briggs and Riley. Not as much travel these days, but still thinking about picking up some of these deals for family vacations
I’m triple vaxxed (with booster) and wear masks everywhere (except for when I go for a run outside). I’m very cautious, because my wife has asthma and is pregnant. Just found out today I tested positive AND had passed Covid to my wife (who is staying at home all the time). we are waiting but I might have also spread it to my 90 yr old parents whom I’m visiting for Christmas. Like WTF? I feel like I had been lied to by these big pharmas..I’m praying my wife’s condition doesn’t get worse
Received feedback to ask more technical questions in front of client director. Every time I start to, he cuts me off / talks over me and asks the same question I was asking. Advice?
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