Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:CB at San Diego (downtown). Enjoyed the interviews, especially the associates. They were very friendly and answered questions honestly. I think I got a good feel for how the new tier system works and how all levels view it. The partners were very, very friendly, with no gotcha questions, but not as many probing questions about me/my resume/my interest as I like. Overall, there was more sloppy paper piles at DLA than anywhere else I'd been, which suggests busyness or sloppiness.
So how do they view the tier system? I know attorneys at other "merit-based" comp firms have gushed about it. But maybe it's just a sell for the firm.
They did not gush. Cautious optimism. Partners saw it as the model that should be in place, that makes sense, and gives them the best chance to help shape careers for associates that more reflect firm needs and partnership needs. Younger associates thought that it was fair, that it was clear, and that it did not scare them. Mid-level associates said it was basically the same, but with less pressure to bill big hours of low-status work for the bonus. High-level associates did not have a problem with the tier, but the shock of going from 6-7 years to be considered for partner to 9-10 years. They liked how it helped them review new associates.