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Turned in work product, partner waits two weeks to give comments despite my follow ups, finally gives comments and says turn by tomorrow. Assignment is not time sensitive and not work product the client asked for. This is egregious.

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Not enough.

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I work with several partners that do this.

What about the partners that get an email from a client and forward it to you 3 weeks later asking for it to be done tomorrow? So much stress could be avoided

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I mean, unless it’s like a huge doc, having a day to turn some comments doesn’t really seem like that bad of an ask?

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Hi - partner here. Very. Busy. Partner. I have 10x more on my plate than any of my three associates. They know that and are respectful of my foibles. I am respectful of them and apologetic when I goof. My .02 - if you think that behavior you described is egregious, you must be pretty junior, cause trust me you can expect some really genuinely egregious behavior from most big firm partners. you’d better get thicker skin or out of big law super fast.

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Ha! I’m sure you are a joy to work with.

Typical.

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If this is a pattern with this partner and not a one-off, I would certainly be disinclined to work with him/her. I have been there and feel your frustration. I wonder whether your follow ups could be more effective? Sometimes an associate can “manage” a partner who seems to have time management issues.

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So you have other billable work that will prevent you from turning the document on the timeline requested?

I don’t disagree at all that chronic mismanagement of workflows is a problem, is irresponsible, etc. but we don’t know that that’s what we have here. As I read OP’s post all we know is that on one occasion the partner was slow turning something around and requested that the associate turn it again in a day. We don’t know why the partner was slow, what else he had on his plate, how good OP’s draft was and this how much the partner had to do, or how much work is involved in the turn requested of the associate. Without that info we have no way of judging the situation.

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OP here. Do we think that partner got the doc out last night like they said they wanted to? Guess it wasn’t really needed in a day.

Definitely. And it didn’t even take that long to do, but that’s not my point. Like don’t put false deadlines on me then wait weeks to respond, and if you’re gonna do that, at least acknowledge it

I admit I sometimes sit on stuff because of more pressing needs and request relatively rapid turnaround so when I review next my thoughts are still relatively fresh and I'm not refreshing myself on the project or what I asked for. I also do that when I have associates who take forever if they don't have a short deadline or associates who will bill 50 hours for what should be 5 hours work. I try not to sit on the returned work, but stuff comes up at times. I do think it's a bit horsey to do what partner seems to be doing. Maybe take a chance on discussing with partner and try to understand what's happening?

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