Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Yes. It is absolutely crazy to choose a firm full of people that you love being around, doing the type of work that excites you, over a set of other firms where you'll be paid exactly the same amount (yet possibly have to work longer hours) in order to ensure that an infinitesimal fraction of the Earth's population will consider your place of employment marginally more "prestigious" in a ranking yielded by one of the more scientifically-dubious survey methodologies on record.
Fucking nuts, I'd say.
Just be sure you are picking the firm for the right reasons, and aren't just drinking exaggerated marketing kool-aid. A tough line to ascertain, for sure.
I'm a different anon than the previous posters in this chain, and I will out myself and say that I work at PW and have been helping with interviews so I am certainly pretty biased. That said, I wanted to jump in to add that I found my callback at PW to be very true to my summer experience, which in turn was very true to my experience thus far as a first-year (soon to be second-year) associate. Incidentally, I have been to trial several times already and have yet to get stuck on a doc review (knock wood). I can't speak for what things are like at other firms, but I have found the work here to be exciting, the hours to be humane, the trial experience to be real, the mentoring to be helpful and valuable, and the coworkers/collegiality to be top-notch. I would pick this firm all over again over pretty much every other firm on the Vault list, with the only possible exception being Wachtell for pure financial reasons. Then again, I really like the fact that I still have a personal life and a healthy relationship, so even Wachtell would give me pause.
Anyway, I don't mean to troll for PW; just wanted to chime in that it would not be crazy to make that choice if you got a good feeling from the place. That feeling has definitely held up for me.[/quote]
I am the anonymous who posted about making sure not to drink the koolaid. I meant that as a very general statement about picking your firm, not about PW in particular. In fact, I think PW is highly underrated on these boards. Among practitioners, it has a reputation as a top tier litigation shop. Just another reason why never to look at Vault rankings.