Could someone explain the difference between a firm policy that sets a specific amount of paid vacation time for associates versus a firm policy that has unlimited vacation time? Specifically with respect to how this impacts billable requirements. Thank you!
I’ve worked the last nine years for my state legislature as an attorney analyst, drafting and analyzing proposed legislation. I’ve primarily worked on health professional regulations. Next year, I will apply for student loans forgiveness under the public service program and would like a change. I know others who have gone into lobbying/government relations, but I would like to find other options to pursue. I’ve never done billable work so not sure if law firm life is for me. Any suggestions?
What matters more - billable hours or quality of work? It seems like I have a good reputation for always being available, but personally, I don't think I am doing my best work as I'm overloaded. Does billing well matter more than quality work? Just started in the spring as midlevel.
Is there a second busy season at big4 for the extended tax deadline? And how busy is it really? Would they require the same billable hours like it is in spring?
1st yr here, & I’m struggling to bill 8 hours/day. I went into the job ready and willing to work 8+ billable hours a day, but I find myself getting burned out by billable hour 6/7 everyday. Any tips?
Man, I am so tired of the whole concept of timesheets, billable hours, utilization, etc. that is public accounting.
What does it mean when a firm doesnt have a required number of billable hours but has an expected target? Isnt it essentially the same thing…?
When lateraling to another defense firm, is it necessary to show billable hours at current firm?
For anyone debating whether to go in house, I recently went in house, and the mental health benefit of not having to worry about billable hours is completely worth the switch. It's great not having to worry about catching up on hours when I'm out for a doctor's appointment, vacation, etc. It's more of a mental health relief than I guessed it would be.
As a new hire, what’s the better approach? Go around looking (begging) for billable hours or sit tight at my desk for 8 hours a day and study for the CPA exam?
Ever a good idea to out a lazy supervising attorney? I’m a mid level working for a junior partner that reports to managing partner. Junior partner misses meetings, calls, is always late, misses deadlines, etc. He meets billable requirements by taking easy assignments on large docket but does not actually work the cases until a big deadline comes up, when the case inevitably ends on my desk because I’m the “go-to” for very hard cases. Ever a good idea to put someone whose laziness goes undetected
What does everyone have for billable hours?
Looking to make a lateral move to Lewis Brisbois but have concerns after reading the reviews. How is their pay? Is it easy to hit the billable targets or is there limited amount of work to go around? Any experience in working in the Dallas office?
I need advice…. a partner is moving my time to non-billable codes rather than writing it off. He’s doing it to make his numbers look good when fees exceed the quoted fee cap. He is doing it without first giving me a guide on how much time to record and is sending my work without amends (ie my work is good). In my firm billable hours recorded go towards performance, promotions and bonuses. Write offs and realisation are not part of those assessments.
Looking to leave a govt job for a junior attorney role in a small workers comp defense firm. I have no experience in workers comp. How easy is it to learn the work and make 1850 billable hours? What future opportunities does this experience give?
Help me think through this decision please.
Gov attorney, 8 years out of law school and will make over $100k for the first time this year. Gov benefits are great and WLB is amazing (I have a wife and child). We are less than 2 hours from all of our collective family now. I have an offer with a small firm I am highly interested in. $165k base + bonus for only 1800 billable hours, but it is 8+ hours from our families. $90k in student loan debt left. Am I wrong for wanting to take the money?
Hello, I’ve been doing litigation for 6 years. I truly hate it and I’m wondering how difficult it would be to transfer to a different type of law (possibly at the same firm)? What is the least stressful paralegal role? Or what other types of jobs can I get to avoid billable hours and over the top stress? Help please, I need a more sustainable job that I actually like. Litigation is too chaotic for my personality.
Deloitte & BAH compete for the same work, and have overlapping or similar pay for similar backgrounds.
Yet the workload at D is higher, due partly to 'firm initiatives' - D is less efficient (more work to get similar result).
Ergo, firm initiatives are often not productive; also, D benches rather than furloughs people without billable work, and hires people to the bench (vs client). Granted, D does have more mobility laterally & vertically.
Is any of this wrong?
Anyone know or have speculations as to the hourly billable rate for Media Law partners at Davis Wright Tremaine?
What do you think is a realistic salary for a HR Manager with 12 years experience in small companies (80-200 employees), MBA, SHRM-SCP in Hampton Roads VA area?
Saw some people from EY TAS change their titles to Strategy and Transactions on LinkedIn. Is this just a fancy name change the group did or are EY TAS folks now doing strategy work in addition to the typical FDD work ?
It’s a week time already since I accepted the offer from Morgan Stanley , but no Background check initiated yet .. what’s the next step? If anyone who joined recently or experiencing this onboarding process , kindly guide Morgan Stanley
Feeling like it's only a matter of time before I have to tell the new marketing dept head that the snazzy jargon just makes him sound like a tryhard and alienates our customer base
Can I expect a quality of work and learnings as a CPP developer in NC ?
Got an offer of System Analyst recently.
I m getting offer from birlasoft is it safe
Hello Boston - Curious if anyone have used One Medical.. I need some time off for mental health and just thinking that experience may be better than my primary care but curious what others experiences were.. TIA
I’m an attorney and I’ve been dealing with a diagnosed anxiety disorder and ADD for as long as I can remember. So far I have resisted getting on anxiety meds but lately (especially since the start of the pandemic) it has been getting unbearable. The thing is, when I’m able to focus I create work product that gets regularly praised. But other times I just can’t complete a task, often due to overwhelming anxious thinking. I’m worried that anxiety meds will dull my “sharp” moments. Any thoughts??
Wipro Hi fishers, need a suggestion urgently. My wife Joined Wipro on 12th of Jan 2022 but till now didn't got any project. Stream is SAP Functional. Now she's holding an offer letter from Cognizant with a good package but problem is need to join by 19th of April. Is there any way to give spot resignation in Wipro? She's currently on bench.
Im a senior finishing up my bachelors in computer science. I am looking to get into cloud computing and or Software development and i have been learning and getting certs in my free time, but i know in order to make it in life I need a mentor.. does anyone have any tips on where I could find one?
Hi I currently working as an Underwriting Associate been in the this role for 6 months now. I am thinking ahead on my Career Path as an underwriter. When is the right time to pursue promotion. I love the team I’m on but it does not seem to any promotional opportunities anytime soon. I have goals to move up in the corporate ladder to a leadership position. Any advice such as any designation or if I should go into a Graduate program. I currently have a degree in Economics from Uconn. Aetna
God help us
Durex or Manforce?
Anyone know generally the percentage of interviewees at Wharton who are then admitted? I’ve seen estimates online as low as 30/40% and as high as 75%
Hi fishes, I have 15 YOE in perl and Web crawling, current I am looking for job change. Started looking from last 5 month but not getting any jobs call. Can anyone suggest me, should I change the technology or What technology I can learn for my career growth. Current CTC is 11 LPA and YOE is 15.
Engineers who have worked at startups and larger corporations, which one did you prefer?
Can’t tell if I’m developing crushes on my coworkers only because they’re the only people I interact with (on zoom) in quarantine 😬
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Okay - I know some people like coming into the office 5 days a week and that is really terrific you enjoy that, and that working on-site is such a critical component of your happiness. Most of us don’t want to be here. When you brag about being here late, or brag about coming in every day, no one thinks you’re working harder than the rest of us, or that you’re more valuable than anyone else. Keep doing what you do, just keep it to yourself and mind your own anti-work-from-home business, Kthxbye.
I was being super rushed on an assignment by the client. Everyone on the deal teams knows it but I made some very sloppy mistakes that are obvious I just didn’t have time to read over it. What to do now besides fix them and move on
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Been a long time since I took crim, so would love to hear from someone in the know -
What’s going on in this Kyle Rittenhouse case - is the Judge in the tank for the defendant, or is the prosecutor just bad?
Everything I'm seeing suggests this prosecutor is incompetent, and that makes me very, very nervous.
I've finally admitted that I need therapy... I love this profession but it's wearing me down.
I have terrible penmanship and can't write notes fast enough when partners are giving me instructions or directions. What's an effective way to capture more information and not miss things?
I’m starting to look for some new jobs and there is a firm I’d really like to get into. There are four jobs that I might be eligible for but they are across three different practice groups. Would it look bad if apply to all three groups? I’m a relatively new associate with about 2 years experience and I’m interested in all three areas but I don’t want to appear indecisive.
Thinking about taking a staff attorney position in biglaw doing corp trans. Been looking for months to transition from lit to trans without any luck. Currently an associate at a midsize doing litigation. Should I continue looking or take the staff attorney position to get some experience?
Billing question - if you have to travel and stay overnight for a client, do you bill ALL the time you are gone from home? Only the hours working? Everything except sleep? The scenario hasn’t come up with my firm before and the partners aren’t sure.
Anyone ever been reached out to by a recruiter and had a happy ending? I’ve had a few recruiters from legal recruiting companies (not the actual firms) reach out on LinkedIn. I’m intrigued…
Lateraled 6 months ago and it’s not going well. I’ve gotten some positive feedback here and there, but I’m also been scolded a number of times and it’s pretty clear I’m not up to their expectations. We’re slammed with year end stuff right now and I’m working myself to the bone. They can’t afford to lose a body until the end of the month, but I can’t shake the feeling that they’re going to let me go once we make it through this sprint. Have you guys heard of firms doing this?
Are there any legislative drafting attorneys who can talk to me about what the day-to-day is like?
When recruiters seem super enthusiastic to help you then ghost you as soon as you send your resume....well damn nice to know I'm fucked
Time machine! You get to go back and restart your career in any speciality (and there’s a job for you in it). What do you pick (and what do you change from)?
I am planning on leaving my firm for another. The new firm asked if I could start in a week. My old firm will not be replacing me. Do I still need to give my old firm 2 weeks?
Anyone else home for the holidays but feeling like you aren’t home at all and can’t spend time with your family because of your crazy workload and deadlines?
Tips for being the go-to low-rate associate to give work to? Seems like I’m the popular corporate associate to give time consuming but necessary assignments to but its an adjustment to meet so many separate deadlines for different groups of people and the new assignments keep on coming.