New Partner. My other partners want to change benefits and perks around to attract more young talent - I need to brainstorm ideas. What great thing does a company offer that makes you want to work there (besides compensation obviously)?

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As a young associate burdened with student loan debt, compensation is really the primary motivation. I’ve always thought that some kind of creative benefit that would help me repay student loans would be attractive, but I’ve never been able to formulate an idea that isn’t just more compensation at the end of the day. Other things I find attractive: flexibility to work from home, child care benefits, flexible spending accounts, ample vacation time that I’m actually allowed to use, gym memberships.

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I just learned about this through this thread! Very interesting! I’ll be passing this along to my firm’s shareholders.

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One thing that has always stuck out to me is the lack of mentoring. We get it, people are busy, have families etc and want to get their stuff done and go home, but it was amazing to me when I started that we got a week long introduction type class, then were just thrown in without any sort of further development. Leaves some associates out in the cold and others who actually have mentoring flourishing more quickly because lets face it, being a good junior isn’t very difficult but taking the next step can be. Long way of saying maybe follow up formal mentoring sessions/classes, even if its targeted CLEs that isnt in the form of the whole firm crammed into a conference room or on a zoom talking about some abstract concept for juniors. I would love to work for a firm that actually seems to care by doing little things like this.

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Billable vacation time, help with student loans, 6mo parental leave, 401k match, mental health coverage, general wellness reimbursement (dietitians, gym, yoga, massage), better health insurance, remote work

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Government attorneys are unionized.

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Let us sleep on nights and weekends

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The bar is so low 😭

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Billable business development hours would be huge

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Beyond huge

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BILLABLE VACATION TIME. And actually respect our OOO’s/have that reflected in the culture. +1 Student loan repayment help, 401k matching (at least some part of it), more substantial tech stipend, gym perks, & BD credit (both $ budget and billable time)

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Expiring vacation is a terrible idea. Some people can’t get the time off some years. Don’t punish them for that.

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Good tech, maybe a stipend for tech (home office) and the option for flexible/remote work. Putting money up front for associates to use on a home office reinforces the offer that remote work is allowed. Good tech makes everyone happier.

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And if you're not going to provide straight cash for home office equipment, provide it so there's nothing pain points working from home, it should be the same equipment the associate has in the office, e.g. docking station, dual monitors, etc., and include at least an office chair if they so choose.

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401k matching Great maternity AND paternity leave Vacation days Better health insurance Training Mentorship Opportunities for growth GREAT legal staff

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AA3 - feel you. My firms insurance policies are super high deductible and still only cover 90% once you’ve met it. Awful.

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Ability to elect for a Pre-tax contribution to student loans (believe max under law is $5,250) instead of a corresponding amount of salary.

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Look at what tuition.io and gradifi offer

Count at least 40 hours of vacation time towards billable hours so people actually feel like the can take at least one vacation. When someone is actually out of the office/on vacation, make it a firm policy that the person OOO isn’t to be contacted unless there is an actual emergency so that they can actually recharge and unplug.

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This. I'm leaving my Amlaw 50 firm later this year because my group doesn't respect time off. Haven't had an actual vacation in 3 years. Pay is good but you have to give people a chance to unwind and recharge if you actually want to retain them.

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I don’t know who you are but if you offer billable vacation time, I will find you and I will join you

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Respect my out of office time, offer interesting work, and provide great mentoring.

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Origination credit for associates, billable credit for business development, little perks like good coffee/snacks/beverages and gym membership.

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Remote work

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Tech training for partners!! I did NOT go to law school to help you create a pdf

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401k match. Some sort of help with student loan payments.

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Flexible WFH is one of the biggest things if your firm already pays market or near market. 40-80 hours billable OOO would make you standout. Standard PTO at a minimum and absolutely not that “unlimited paid timeoff” scam.

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Wow! The replies here show how thirsty we all are to work somewhere where we can be human. This makes me so sad.

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401k match, I originally practiced as a lawyer in Europe and it was common for your employer to match your contributions. Ensure vacations are taken. A lot of European firms offer paid month long sabbaticals for associates around the 4-5 year mark which was great for retention and importantly, mental health. Protected vacations and ensuring everyone takes their vacation.

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Sabbatical paid once every 4 years. Also, the option to work from anywhere in the winter (Quinn Emanuel offers this in London)

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Yes! I would love to have a sabbatical.

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