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Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:30 pm

Do you think it is OK to ask a firm for their employment contract before accepting an offer? To see a real breakdown of their compensation structure and benefit package?

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby TooOld4This » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:50 pm

First, do you have other offers on the table? If not, whatever they give you will be better than your next best option. :lol:

Second, just about every legal job will be an at-will employment situation, so there will be no contract. You can ask HR for the compensation structure and benefits overview, though. Be sure to do it in a professional manner. Know that this is just what they pay/offer now. Every year benefit packages change, and compensation structures can be altered at anytime. Bonus information can range from a disclosure of current lock-step bonus to vague mentions of merit and/or hours bonuses.

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:12 pm

One second. You can have an at will employment and a contract. The two are not mutually exclusive...

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby Bosque » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:One second. You can have an at will employment and a contract. The two are not mutually exclusive...


I've never heard of an at will employment contract. Even if you are right and they do exist, law firms don't use em. You get an offer letter, and in that letter sometimes it includes information on benefits. Or as stated above, you can talk to HR and get the info on benefits from them. That's pretty much it.

So if you decide to wait until you see the contract, you are going to be waiting a mighty long time.

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby azntwice » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:35 pm

Uh... I am pretty sure you can have at will employment and a contract. The contract simply specifies that the employment is at will and can be terminated at any time by any party on X amount of notice.

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby USAO-vet » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:54 pm

Bosque wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:One second. You can have an at will employment and a contract. The two are not mutually exclusive...


I've never heard of an at will employment contract. Even if you are right and they do exist, law firms don't use em. You get an offer letter, and in that letter sometimes it includes information on benefits. Or as stated above, you can talk to HR and get the info on benefits from them. That's pretty much it.

So if you decide to wait until you see the contract, you are going to be waiting a mighty long time.


hahaha. Have you ever had a real job? Just because you are employed at will does NOT mean there wont be a contract.

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby Lawyerhead » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:10 pm

I never signed any employment contract.

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Re: Opinion on Offer Etiquette?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:39 pm

THIS THREAD IS NOW ABOUT THE WORD "CONTRACT"!

but seriously, sure. get your offer in writing and ask whatever reasonable questions you have of HR, keeping in mind that there will be minimal variations in such things between major firms and thus it'd be silly to make a big deal of it.




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