imchuckbass58 wrote:People talk about billing 2000 hours as if it's hard, or as if it's a decision you make. Except in downturns, very few people need to make an effort to hit their hours. At my SA firm, nobody even thought twice about it. The reason is unless you want to get pushed out, you will do everything you're asked to do, unless you are totally, absolutely slammed and can legitimately say you have no time to do what the partner is asking you to do. Most associates at my firm hit 2200-2500 hours, not because they made a deliberate decision to bill that much, but because that's how much work there is, and by doing everything they were asked, that is how much they billed.
rayiner wrote:When you're busy (in Corp) you're billing nearly all your time. The inefficiency comes from when you have a lull in work but have to come in anyway.
This is what I've gathered, especially on the corporate side. I spoke to a corporate associate this summer and asked about hours, and his response was basically, "I don't worry about hitting hours. If I do what I need to do, I end up with far more hours than I need. I've never had to worry about hitting a minimum."
However, I think what OP was trying to ask is what your days at a firm look like if you're hitting your targets. Some days you put in minimal face time and go home, because you don't have any assignments that are moving. Some days you literally work all day and all night. I summered at a firm that provided you a Seamless account and covered your dinner if you ordered delivery to your office after 8PM. The fact that they have such a setup should tell you how often you might end up working that late. That's not "staying until after 8PM" late, that's "staying so late that even after 8PM it makes sense to get food delivered so you don't have to leave the office" late. It can vary a lot from what I could tell, depending on the stage of your current projects. A lot of projects have lull times and horrifically busy periods, and it's the latter where you're at the office all night for days at a time.