sunynp wrote:Qwerty12345 wrote:Does anybody knows if firms (I'm thinking about mid to top NYC firms in particular) would mind if you do your billable hours at completely random times (ie. nocturne schedule, or in on week-ends and holidays, but missing some week-days) as long as you do them? I guess my question is are you entirely free to choose your own schedule?
Not sure if serious. You are never free to choose your own schedule. You work when you are needed. At least in corporate, you can't just work on a weekend day and take a weekday off. Things have to be completed on an extremely tight schedule. So you can't think you will finish work on Saturday and just disappear on the preceding Thursday. (for that matter you can't even plan on dinner and the theater and know you will be able to get there until it is time to leave.) And, if you are out of the office, you have to be available and ready to come in as needed. It isn't like school where you can do work at the time that suits you the best.
The majority of firms in the secondary market im in are coming around to billing at home/remotely. I'm not sure if this is the same in NYC. At firm i work as staff at, you still are working until 8 or 9, you just get to go home at six. Some practice groups are more Leinant than others. However, as sunynp said, that's nothing like making your own schedule. Associates are expected to be in somewhere between 7 and 9 and stay until between 5 and 7 depending on what time you come in. Just an anecdote, but dont think you can bill all your hours whenever you'd like.