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Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby traehekat » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:25 pm

Just curious if anyone knows if there is a difference in firm culture in smaller markets such a Denver, Charlotte, Columbus, etc. versus New York, Chicago, Los Angeles? I guess by firm culture, I mean is it less stressful, less hectic, more enjoyable, more relaxed, etc. working in a large firm somewhere in like Charlotte as opposed to Chicago?

Not sure what would lead me to believe this, but it just seems like could be some truth to it. Any thoughts?

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby traehekat » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:47 pm

Bump.

Is this a dumb question or is there really no one who knows?

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby ConMan345 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:48 pm

From what I've heard, this is largely true.

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby 270910 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:10 pm

ConMan345 wrote:From what I've heard, this is largely true.


Keep in mind big firms in small markets still work very hard, just perhaps not as hard.

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby ConMan345 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:12 pm

disco_barred wrote:
ConMan345 wrote:From what I've heard, this is largely true.


Keep in mind big firms in small markets still work very hard, just perhaps not as hard.

Yeah, definitely. Anecdotally, it doesn't seem to be more than a 5-10 hr/week difference.

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby rando » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:23 pm

ConMan345 wrote:
disco_barred wrote:
ConMan345 wrote:From what I've heard, this is largely true.


Keep in mind big firms in small markets still work very hard, just perhaps not as hard.

Yeah, definitely. Anecdotally, it doesn't seem to be more than a 5-10 hr/week difference.


Those 5-10 hrs a week can make a HUGE difference.

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby pany1985 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:25 pm

It generally seems like the secondary markets have billable hour targets more in the 1800-1900 area, which seems a hell of a lot more reasonable than 2000+

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Re: Firm Culture in Big Markets vs Small Markets

Postby BradyToMoss » Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:14 am

Not so sure I'd rely heavily on the billable hours expectations posted to NALP. It may be a realistic assessment for some firms, but you better believe there are plenty of firms where the expectation is much higher than expected.



And if you think 2000 hours billed is an unreasonable expectation, you might want to stay away from BigLaw, in any market.




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