Working at Gunderson Dettmer: Pros, Cons, Thoughts?

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Working at Gunderson Dettmer: Pros, Cons, Thoughts?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:01 pm

I've been lucky enough to get an offer (SV) that I've been sitting on for a little bit. I'm really interested in the firm: works seems more interesting than typical "big firm" work to me personally, the culture seems fantastic, and associates/mid-levels/partners seem genuinely happy (AM LAW mid-level survey etc;). Exit options appear to be good for tech companies and other related work in the valley.

Concerns: SV has been booming for a couple of years now, but what about the crash? E.g. 2000 and 2008. They halved their summer class in 2008 but supposedly helped their summers find other legal work. Also concerned about specializing so quickly "out of the gate." How much of the skill-set that you build is relevant to other corporate work?

TL;DR ----> Pros and Cons of working at Gunderson?

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Re: Working at Gunderson Dettmer: Pros, Cons, Thoughts?

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Re: Working at Gunderson Dettmer: Pros, Cons, Thoughts?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:25 pm

If you're not a partner, the financial prospects of the firm should not bother you too much. If things in SV take a downturn and you're an associate, you go to another firm in another industry. If we encounter another general economic downturn, you might be screwed at Gunderson, but you'd be screwed at any firm.

At a place like Gunderson, you're going to get a lot more experience up front than anywhere else, which, if you eventually want to lateral out, could be useful. No, you aren't going to get BigCo-HugeCo merger experience, but moving into that game as a junior associate isn't going to require in-depth specific knowledge. If you know the issues, have the mental capacity to think them through well, and the diligence to grind out the hours, you'll be OK.

As long as you're interested in their very specific verticals (tech start-ups + VC) there's really no question here.




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