Stealth layoff first year corporate associate. M&A. Laid off for low hours. V20 firm. I lateraled and was not home grown. Love you all and I appreciate any support.

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Sorry to hear. Luckily the market is still warm so you will land on your feet. Good luck!

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Pretty messed up people trying to poke holes in the stealth lay-off story. This happens folks. Doesn’t mean this kid was a bad lawyer. The worst part about stealth layoffs is that the firm has to fabricate a work related reason for the firing that then destroys the confidence of the fired associate for years. Let’s rebuild that confidence here, not project our own insecurities.

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@A5 what is your problem? OP, ignore them. You'll land on your feet.

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Edit - I really appreciate all of the support. Im not name dropping the firm and don’t want this to blow up, so if we can withhold further comments I would appreciate that. But if you’d like to DM me, I would appreciate the support very much

Thank you all. I will make it through this especially with such a supportive community behind me. I appreciate you all.

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You lateraled as a first year and they fired you for low hours? Wow they didn’t even try to come up with a plausible excuse.

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Got it so you’re technically a second year

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Sorry to hear this. I may have a lead. We just lost a second year on our M&A side. Feel free to DM me.

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Author reach out to this person immediately! Best advice is to network.

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It's not you OP. You will turn it around and kill it at the next opportunity that WILL come.

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This literally just happened to me last week. I was 8 months in (after a lateral move). My hours were a little higher but not by much.

I left a firm that I was at for several years for this opportunity. Pretty beat up about it, honestly.

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I am a first-year that not getting assignments from the talent manager in my firm. Can I DM you?

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I’m really sorry OP. It’s not your fault. I echo the positive sentiments from others.

Firing a first year is absurd and these firms need to be named and shamed.

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So sorry to hear that. I’m 2020 as well and had a really hard time understanding how to fill my plate my first year - I did the same thing and would “reserve” my time for deals I was on that would never actually pick up, and then was stuck with a bunch of low-hour weeks. Luckily my firm was patient with me, but I’m sorry yours wasn’t. I’ve since learned to stop doing that, and that my actual capacity is a lot more than I thought it was. There is plenty of demand still in the market, I have no doubt you’ll land on your feet. FWIW, in your job search it might be helpful to look for a firm with a central assignment system so that filling your plate and your hours are not 100% on you to manage. It could help avoid running into this issue again. - we all work differently, theres no shame in finding an assignment system that works better for your personality! Best of luck, I know you will be fine and this will all soon be a distant memory that you laugh at one day!

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Also, keep in mind that it’s THEM that let YOU down, not the other way around. It’s a WFH environment and the Classes of 2020 and 2021 just don’t have the institutional knowledge we need to operate in big law. Some are better and adapting and some of us need a little more structure and support, that it’s oft missing in WFH. If they’ve let a 2020 grad go bc of low hours, that’s so much more a reflection of their poor system of structure and support and not on you not being a good associate.

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Out of curiosity, when did you start at your first firm since you lateraled in October?

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February 2021. At the same time as other 2020 graduates

Sorry to hear this. I hope they gave you sufficient time/severance to find something else, which will most likely be a better opportunity for growth. Best of luck!

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DM me if you are interested in a job in Los Angeles I think we still hiring M&A - and we are on hybrid but a lot of WFH - you won’t have any trouble finding hours here haha

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Did you ask for work? Did nobody give you enough work to do? We are first year, except ask for work, how can we find clients by ourselves??

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I think it's not your fault; they messed up and let you take the painful results.
Be confident; now you have v20 associate experience, you should be able to find another good role. Good luck!

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Ugh, sorry to hear this. Hang in there. You’ll be redirected to better things

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Hang in there! Consider funds work for a lateral move.

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How are you doing OP? Any luck landing a new job yet?

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How low were hours compared to requirement?

OP you can just unsubscribe

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Why did you lateral in your first year? Need more context here. Were you laid off from the former firm?

A5 you sound obnoxious (based on all your collective posts to this thread). So sorry this happened OP

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How did they convey the news? Midyear review or just out of the blue?

I thought it was my mid year review, but the meeting wasn’t titled ‘mid year review’ so I knew it was something but I didn’t think it was this.

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US?

Depends on the individual case I’d say. If within 6 months it’s totally legitimate.

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