Is San Fransisco part of Sillicon Valley?
No. SF is SF. Silicon Valley is the general south bay area (spanning Redwood City through San Jose/Cupertino, generally speaking).
Also, what is the San Fransisco market known for? Banking, tech, and antitrust?
SF does mostly lit, as mentioned. You can find pretty much any lit practice out here. Lots of IP, of course, but also a lot of antitrust, securities, general commercial, white collar, appellate, ELR, etc. A few firms do management-side employment litigation.
If you're looking for corporate: (a) most of it is in SV, and (b) again, you'll find most corporate work out here. A lot of tech trans, emerging companies/VC financing, M&A. Not as much cap markets work, generally speaking.
Do many people commute from SF to PA? Love to hear from people who do about how it works for them.
Did this last summer. Would not recommend. Is only feasible in a few scenarios:
1. You ride a motorcycle;
2. You have an electric car or carpool with a coworker;
3. You are willing to live at the office (i.e. leaving SF at/before 7, leaving the office after 7); OR your firm is flexible enough on facetime that you can leave your house later (after traffic dies down)...still leaving the office at/after 7.
Anonymous User wrote:What about commuting with caltrain? Looks like the commute on bullet would be only 30 minutes and I could possibly get some work done while I sit. Not hard to read patents on a train.
If you are prepared to live in SOMA then Caltrain might be viable. But depending on where your office is in SV you might struggle to get back and forth between the office and the train. Don't fool yourself in thinking your commute would be anything like 30 mins though. The transit time for the train might be close to half an hour (though I think it's closer to 40 mins) but even if you lived right across from the SF station you still have to factor in the time it takes to get to the station and board. Even if you live right next to the station and you are going to be at one of the offices within walking distance of the train (many aren't), you're still looking at more like an hour door to door.
This is credited. Also, Caltrain is in my opinion ridiculously unreliable. The trains are old and break down all the time. Plus there seems to be a suicide a week these days (which causes at minimum a 2 hour delay). Do not discount how shitty it is to get off work at 7, thinking you'll be home by 8, only to not get home until 10 because Caltrain has failed you yet again.