Coronavirus Work-life

Most billable hours in a day (within 24 hours)? Mine has been 20 and I’ve hit that 2x this year.

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Also 20. Other 4 were for meals/breaks/contemplating why I do this job.

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I'm sure that work between hours 12 and 20 was super high quality 😂

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Better quality than if it wasn’t done! 😉

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RSM, meet Deloitte. You should take a lesson from them or maybe meet up on their boat. I will never understand why folks take pride in the “who bills more” game. It’s a lost cause... only benefiting the suits while putting your health at risk. Y’all if COVID has taught us anything, it’s there is more to life than just billables. OP, Hope you get some rest before having a stroke or heart attack. This isn’t healthy. And I’m speaking as a self diagnosed workaholic. There’s a fine line between giving it your all and letting your employer compromise your health and safety.

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Is that normal among your peers? To be honest it’s not unusual if you work on due diligence or on a tight deadline with minimal resources. In some situations, there is no other options and that’s a resourcing issue. In my opinion however, a lot of time management has to do with paying attention to what your boss - and his/her boss - cares about, then spend time there. It’s not obvious early in your career but that is a skill you’ll need to build up. You simply cannot spend 2-3 hours formatting a slide that will be in the appendix that no one will look into.

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My office is extremely understaffed right now. So yeah everyone is working crazy hours. Idk about that many in a day. Most of mine are due to tight deadlines

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There is no way that you legitimately billed 20 hours in a 24 hour period. That’s just not possible.

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Sit at a laptop 24 straight hours. Only get up to eat, go to the bathroom and even phone time thrown in. Tight deadlines.

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This is my first year and I’m dying.. send help

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Should I be worried if I’ve been billing non-billable from time to time but consistently? I just looked my calendar and realized my non-billable days are 30+days this year so far.

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I’d be curious to hear about people’s chargeable/billable hours. What are your goals vs actual, best/worst years, etc. I’ve only ever worked at one regional firm so my knowledge is fairly narrow.

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Ad Agency life is akin to porn. The 15 seconds of happiness was preceded by 124 billable hours of pain.

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Opportunity freelancers - What’s your goal for billable hours per week?

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My mid-sized firm furloughed most of its staff. Im a first year associate (7 months in) with not that many billable hours. What are the chances I’m next? So much paranoia!

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If you are an associate assisting on a file, you get cc’d on all emails and take time to read them and stay up to date, however you aren’t actually replying to the emails or doing any billable work. But you need to stay in the loop for when you need to eventually draft a document and know the facts. How do you record your time for these emails?

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At my new job, we’re told to get 8 billable hours of work a day on our timesheet. Even when I thought I had a lot to work on, the most I could get was 5 hours. I’m super stressed about getting in trouble, even though I have actively asked for more work. I was unemployed for 9 months during this pandemic and I now I’m super afraid of losing my job again. Is this a normal practice? Idk how I’ll ever consistently have that much work.

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What are firm’s known billable requirements? Is there a ramp up period?

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How has working from home impacted your billable hours? What we’re your best and worst days for billing since WFH started?

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My firm’s IT (especially system saving and file locating function) is so bad 😐😞 and they keep doing updates no one asked them for just to mess with the stuff we already got a hang of without doing anything about the issues we actually need fixed. Anyone else in a similar boat? Do you bill the client for the time it takes to fix the IT issue (or IT inefficiency generally, like time taken to find a file in a convoluted system)? Or is that supposed to be our non-billable time?

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For those of you in house, do you actually read the articles written up by law firms? I’m constantly being asked to do this non billable work and I’m not in a place to reject and want to know the actual value of this exercise.

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Anyone else have to go into the office? Despite the rise of COVID and no billable hours.

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I thought my job was secure when this WFH started. I’m getting more apprehensive each day. Many people were forced to take PTO (not me for the time being) and billable work is dwindling by the minute

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Does everyone here accurately track their weekly non billable hours? I only include BD and holidays/PTO when appropriate. Should I be tracking time spent on WBLs, company events, travel, etc?

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I’m thankfully hitting my hours, but my firm keeps passing non-billable work my way. I am grateful for the opportunities, but this type of work always seems to find its way to the female associates at my firm. We have been told that non-billable work is irrelevant in terms of our annual hours. Any tips on how to navigate this in a thoughtful way? I want to be a team-player, but I believe that others need to step up to the plate.

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I wonder what the hourly billable rate of this fire drill is... 🤔

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Currently a second-year associate at a regional firm. I have become really unhappy with the life-style at a firm and the constant stress of meeting my billable requirements. It was always my goal to go in-house, but I know I likely lack the requisite experience to make a move somewhere that can offer meaningful advancement. Any advice? I know it will likely be that I need to “stick it out” for a few more years, but I am just extremely dissatisfied with the prospect of being at a firm for years.

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I would like to renegotiate my salary. I have been at this firm for 6 months. The pay is low for the billable hours req. Our hours are based on the hours after partner cuts them. More in comments.

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What’s the best thing for a new associate to do to get on billable work? I was mapped to an industry I have no experience in; how do I start gaining experience when I don’t have the experience to get on these projects?

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Billable time well spent.....

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Do you feel more disappointed for the cancellation of March Madness than WFH, travel ban....?

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Anyone know of firms hiring for actuarial positions and also sponsors H1B? Asking for my spouse.

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Has anyone had their group sold or acquired? Are there big payouts and bonuses to retain the staff when these transactions happen?

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Will org transformation / human capital see a greater increase in work post virus given the layoffs, etc? Or will companies not want to spend for consulting firms?

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EY 🐠 - For the WFH monitor reimbursement, can I purchase it using my personal credit card or do I have to wait until my AMEX card comes in?

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Need a wfh setup / monitor. Recommendations?

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Does anyone who’s worked on the Army account have any thoughts for potential future media team hires? Any major pros? Any major cons?

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How’s the interview process at Deloitte like? I had the first interview couple of weeks ago. Haven’t heard back yet.

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Had 5 interviews, last one was 2 weeks ago. All positive. No word back from recruiter yet. Safe to give him a call to follow up today or tomorrow? Assuming delay because of holidays....

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Recruiters are such awful people. Pressuring you for comp. Has anyone actually been asked by a bank what their past comp is? As in pay stub? Isn't that illegal?

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Just found out my school board president doesn’t believe in the Corona virus. Meanwhile my mom is in the hospital with it and my father was just released. We are just pawns.

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AAE obsessed with psychology and new to the world of advertising but looking to learn more about being a Strategist. Anyone have any advice as to what it’s like and how to get there?

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Finger crossed for my Facebook interview!

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Mid-forties 🐠 here with an early 50’s male partner (husband). We’re in a “COVID-19 and cross-country-move and all 5 of our college kids home” dry spell (intimate 1x in last 4 months) and last night we tried and it was like we’ve lost our rhythm and playbook. We committed to getting back on the horse, but has anyone ever had to rediscover how to be intimate again with same partner? Encouraging words or tips & tricks?

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I’m officially a clown

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Washington Post is throwing some shade and I am here for it. They definitely won my vote, paying respect to those journalists they have lost and using their first Super Bowl ad for a great purpose.

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Booked trip to DC but accidentally flew into Dulles instead of Reagan. Best way to get to/from Georgetown from Dulles?

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Any consulting firms starting to lay off people?

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Anyone has any experience with Ascent recruiting? Was approached by them for an opportunity with a boutique MC company

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