dixiecupdrinking wrote:I don't know, you hear things like this......pretty frequently. And it's always weird to see, and not really consistent with my experience of how organizations work. The job is more or less the same, but that doesn't mean the office environment is. And that shit matters. It's hard to imagine how anyone who has had more than one job in their life can think that it's irrelevant whether your boss is an asshole or if everyone is trying to steal work from each other or whatever. Really what the "no such thing as biglaw culture" argument seems to be actually saying is that you're just going to hate your life no matter what so don't even worry about it. But I've heard so many law students talk up so many things as the WORST/HARDEST/MOST STRESSFUL THING EVER for so long now (1L year! Law review write on! OCI! Fed courts! Bar prep!) and this ALL BIGLAW IS HELL falls right into that vein so it's tempting just to ignore it.Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:LOL. Biglaw culture is basically the same across all biglaw firms. You are always on call, you need to bill a shitton of hours to stick around, and you can't screw up your assignments without getting fired (eventually).
I think the huge point that you're missing is that you generally don't become a biglaw partner by being a socially retarded asshole. Are they workaholic, type-A, competitive jerks sometimes? Sure. But that doesn't make them socially retarded. Regularly yelling at people you work with is a sign of low intelligence and last time I checked there weren't a lot of low-intelligence partners at my firm. Maybe there are at other firms. In fact, I've never really heard any *verified* stories of biglaw partners regularly yelling at their associates. I think a lot of these stories are blown way out of proportion. In most biglaw firms I'm familiar with, people just want the work to get done. No one has time for drama.