Just started at a new firm today. Yearly billables are 1900. Since I started 2 months into the year, do I need to hit the 1900? To recoup the first two months of the year means billing 190 a month.

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Not only should it be prorated, but their should be a spin up period as well. Say 80-90 percent of the monthly total until you are fully engaged and incorporated into the firm’s workflow.

Most people don’t start billing 8 hours a day on day 1. There should be a ramp up.

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It's a very slow start too. The partners have told me, including the owner, it's slow first and then will picked up. Worried since I maybe billed 20 hours this week but they all know I just don't have the workload yet. To keep myself busy/productive I just read materials (this is a new area of law for me), assemble samples to have for the future etc

It’s probably annualized

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You should just ask for a annual billable goal in light of the mentioned

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1900 a year is 158.3 a month so I figured I'd just do 160-165 once my caseload is up and running. But that is a good question to ask

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No, its annualized.

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Usually pro rate so you will have to hit 10 months of billables.

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No. Just do 10 months of billing for the year. Anything more counts towards you getting a bonus

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No. But confirm, in writing. ;)

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I prefer an associate who asks about their hours. It means they intend to try to hit their numbers. The only real question is who you should talk to. I wouldn’t mind answering this question at my firm, but there may a designated person (i.e. a mentor, someone in HR, or specific partner). My suggestion is to ask another associate about who you should ask or the partner that made the offer to you.

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No - your recruiter should have explained all that and guaranteed full bonus

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Didn't use a recruiter

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I would ask. Our firm didn’t prorate hours for bonuses until this year.

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Why it should be negotiated up front

Ask your supervising partner.

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Usually your req will be prorated to account for when you start.

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I was ineligible for certain tiers of bonus for not making the required hours. But I did make base bonus based on annualized numbers.

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No lol it’ll be prorated

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