How much is too much?

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 273280
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

How much is too much?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:32 pm

I went on a callback interview last week (secondary market near a major market). I go to school in an area where taxi transportation to airports is expensive and the cab to and from the airport to the secondary market in the destination city was very expensive too (all in all figure 4*$80-90). The firm covered my hotel and flight and took me out to lunch (I also ordered breakfast the morning of the interview, ~$15).. I was only interviewing with one firm, so the total cost of my trip is probably close to (if not more than) $1000 for a single office. I know firms are supposed to pay for these things, but I'll be asking for almost $400 of costs to be reimbursed and I'm feeling like that's a lot.

Has anyone else had a similar experience and/or asked for similar amounts to be reimbursed? I didn't rent a car and I only had the firm pay for one night in the hotel because I knew people in my destination city...I'm just not sure what kind of costs most of you end up incurring on callback trips...

I'm not worried about getting dinged because of something like this (before anyone asks), I just tend to be cautious with my money and am self-sufficient so I feel strange asking for that much from someone else.

270910
Posts: 2437
Joined: Thu May 21, 2009 9:51 pm

Re: How much is too much?

Postby 270910 » Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:39 pm

Not a problem.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273280
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: How much is too much?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I went on a callback interview last week (secondary market near a major market). I go to school in an area where taxi transportation to airports is expensive and the cab to and from the airport to the secondary market in the destination city was very expensive too (all in all figure 4*$80-90). The firm covered my hotel and flight and took me out to lunch (I also ordered breakfast the morning of the interview, ~$15).. I was only interviewing with one firm, so the total cost of my trip is probably close to (if not more than) $1000 for a single office. I know firms are supposed to pay for these things, but I'll be asking for almost $400 of costs to be reimbursed and I'm feeling like that's a lot.

Has anyone else had a similar experience and/or asked for similar amounts to be reimbursed? I didn't rent a car and I only had the firm pay for one night in the hotel because I knew people in my destination city...I'm just not sure what kind of costs most of you end up incurring on callback trips...

I'm not worried about getting dinged because of something like this (before anyone asks), I just tend to be cautious with my money and am self-sufficient so I feel strange asking for that much from someone else.


I have a CB with a DC firm. The hotel their travel service set me up with runs about $1000 a night. So add in travel, reasonable food expenses, etc., and its a rather expensive trip. The firm has no problem reimbursing me for the grand total. Other firms may differ, though.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273280
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: How much is too much?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:25 pm

On one of my callbacks, I took the train to the office ($6). On the way out the door, I mentioned I was going to catch the train back to the city I was staying in and the recruiter said "oh no! take a cab!" She handed me a cab voucher, knowing full well taking a taxi would cost $120. I don't think a few hundred dollars means jack shit to these firms.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273280
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: How much is too much?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:59 pm

Anonymous User wrote:On one of my callbacks, I took the train to the office ($6). On the way out the door, I mentioned I was going to catch the train back to the city I was staying in and the recruiter said "oh no! take a cab!" She handed me a cab voucher, knowing full well taking a taxi would cost $120. I don't think a few hundred dollars means jack shit to these firms.

It's tough to tell. I can say that some firms are [strangely] concerned with $.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273280
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: How much is too much?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:On one of my callbacks, I took the train to the office ($6). On the way out the door, I mentioned I was going to catch the train back to the city I was staying in and the recruiter said "oh no! take a cab!" She handed me a cab voucher, knowing full well taking a taxi would cost $120. I don't think a few hundred dollars means jack shit to these firms.

It's tough to tell. I can say that some firms are [strangely] concerned with $.

Out that TTT.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273280
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: How much is too much?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:On one of my callbacks, I took the train to the office ($6). On the way out the door, I mentioned I was going to catch the train back to the city I was staying in and the recruiter said "oh no! take a cab!" She handed me a cab voucher, knowing full well taking a taxi would cost $120. I don't think a few hundred dollars means jack shit to these firms.

It's tough to tell. I can say that some firms are [strangely] concerned with $.

Out that TTT.

I may later, but not right now. Suffice it to say it's a huge v100 firm.




Return to “Legal Employment”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.