dingbat wrote:I agree, but if you like what you do the long hours are far more bearable than if you hate your job.
On a different note, why would anyone pay someone at the start of their careers over 6 figures and not demand that you're available at their beck and call?
If you want to make the big bucks, you got to make the sacrifices and you got to get used to it early on. Just ask Tony Haywood
this is the attitude that's competely ruining biglaw. most who make it to top firms don't have a problem with working hard - theyve been doing it their whole life. but just because you get six figures doesn't mean they own your life or can treat you like crap. ive seen many partners who like calling and giving out assignment friday afternoon, and i know that assignment has been sitting on their desk for 3 days. so to say they have you at their beck and call, while true and is valid, has a horrible connotation. do you have to make yourself available, sure. but do they own your life, no. no one minds working hard when you really have to, it's just half the time it could have easily been avoided. its this type of senseless sacrifice that people in this thread are talking about and don't want to put up with.
Whether biglaw, IB, big4, or any similar profession, sometimes you need to deal with crappy bosses who aregiving you assignments at the last minute. Whether or not they could have given you the assignment earlier, or whether there's even a point to the assignment is irrelevant. Whether it could have been avoided is irrelevant. That is what your boss wants, and that is what your boss should get. If you aren't willing to work as and when they want you to, there are plenty of other people who would be more than happy to do so - many of which are no less capable than you. Hell. If your boss gives you an assignment on Monday and expects it by the following Monday, said boss won't care if you do it immmediately, or if you only do it Sunday night, as long as they've got it on time and it is of the quality they want. If your boss gives you an assignment on Friday afternoon and needs it by Monday, it doesn't matter whether you complete it that very hour, slave away all weekend, or only start the assignment on your ride in, just so long as it's done
Do they own your life? No. You are free to quit at any time. Hell, you are even free to turn down the assingment on time (although, that may just be an indirect resignation). If you're getting a big salary with the expectation that you will satisfactorily complete any and every assignment on time, then that's what you're getting paid for. You want to only work at your leisure? Then get a job somewhere where that's acceptable (and good luck making the big bucks).
Besides, if you're bitching about it as an associate, imagine being a partner. You've taken 2 weeks off, and with your entire family travel to XYZ country, that trip you've always dreamed of. The day you arrive, a major client of yours gets arrested (for whatever reason). Do you continue on your vacation, or do you fly back to the office that very day so you can give your client the time and attention s/he demands?
I tell you what, if I were the client, and you didn't make immediate arrangements to come back, I'd look for another attorney. Nothing personal, but as a paying client, my needs come first. If not, I'll pay someone else.