Partners - how stressed would you say you are on a daily basis because of work? Does the money actually make it worth it to you (like can you actually even enjoy it outside of work)?

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This job doesn’t cause people to be stressed. Some people are just high stress.

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The “Is it worth it?” questions sound like excuse exit ramps for folks who aren’t sure they want to do the work.
Of course it’s worth it. Any new position is stressful at first. But you come to get the hang of it, and then it’s “I can’t believe they’re paying me this much to do this.”
Take comfort in that.

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Stress is something I enjoy inflicting upon senior associates not something I personally experience. The money is just a bonus.

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As a quite jaded director , Watching them squirm is always fun.

Not terribly stressed. I’ve been doing this for a long time and know I’m fairly good at it and even if I have a tough stretch or a dry spell or something, it always works out fine.

I liked the job when I was making a whole lot less money. And the partner job is both a better role and extremely lucrative. So… yes, I can definitely enjoy it outside of work.

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I find you really need to balance the success and failures and don’t let your emotions get to you. Avoid the roller coaster.

Eg. Last Friday at 4pm another Partner and I wrapped up a struggling project we stepped into late in the game. The CEO and his team were excited with where it landed and ready to move forward.

At 4:30 the CIO of another client started to raise hell about an engagement. I’m not participating in that engagement but the CIO reached out.

I can’t get too excited about the first session because I know invariably that the second session is coming.

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My stress is very different than it used to be before I made partner.

Quantity wise it is much less - mostly because as you move, you simply learn to manage it better and frankly not let things get to you. It happens but you just work on addressing the issue vs dwell on it.

On the other hand-side, the things that do stress me out, are considerably more impactful but they happen very rarely. And there it just takes a bit longer to shake things off but you use the same approach as you would elsewhere.

Money question was answered but generally I don’t feel like I’m accepting money to deal with stress.

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You'll have experienced more stress coming into manager and director world than partner. I view partner as recognition you can handle any situation while making wise decisions and setting good examples in line with company values. Partner comp structures are a way to keep those people in the firm and sometimes tie them in. It doesn't equate for me more stress.

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