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What matters more: meeting/exceeding billable requirements or doing high quality work well above your class year?

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I mean...both if you want to stick around.

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In order of most to least important: 1) Meet billable hour expectations 2) Maintain reputation as team player available to help 3) Maintain high quality work 4) Exceed billable hour expectations

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A3 there’s a difference between high quality and acceptable quality. I don’t mind if your work quality is acceptable (i.e. you’re making a decent amount of mistakes but nothing that fundamentally calls into question your ability to think) if you’re hitting billable hours and are a team player, but if your work quality is great but you’re not hitting billable hours or have a reputation for not pitching in when asked, that’s a red flag.

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The nature of staffing / learning is its a false dichotomy. If you do better work you get more and you learn faster by doing more reps.

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Totally fair, A2. I get your point! It is a difficult balance to strike!

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To the extent there is a trade off, I definitely prefer associates who bill a bit less but provide top quality work that requires as little of my time as possible. I’d rather have that then 100 extra hours. That being said, you still need to pull your weight and bill a lot of hours.

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I’d say #2 but you have to meet minimum hours too. When the requirement is 2000 and the firm is asking you to do work that will push you to 2300 and will result in a decline in quality, ok to push back. But not ok to push back to do “high quality work” if you’re not hitting the minimum requirement.

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Both. But doing quality work gets you more work, hence more hours.

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Definitely high quality work as long as you meet your minimum hours.

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So long as the lack of billables isn’t your fault (e.g. you always ask for work, just is slow/you are new and ramping up still) — the latter will keep you floating. But obviously, you shouldn’t be hitting below your hours every year.

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Depends on the firm.

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