Anonymous User wrote:OP from above here. I totally get that as a first year you can't let the work fall to a 4th year bc you want to go home earlier, but how about leaving earlyish (8ish) and finishing the work at home, or coming in super early the next morning, or both? I'm just trying to devise a way to get everything done but also get to go home and spend time with my wife, who is literally just sitting at home alone. And no, I'm not talking about telling a partner or associate no when there's an assignment that must clearly be done by you, I'm talking about not volunteering for more work, trying to stay "under the radar" and look as busy as possible when new assignments are being passed out, that sort of thing. As I said, the goal is to do a good job but not be perceived as a workhorse or a gunner.
Sometimes all of that will be possible. Sometimes you'll have no work after 6. Other times your whole team will be working at 9 pm, frequently passing documents back and forth or stopping in to check on things - nobody will block the exit if you try to leave, and you'll be happier if you don't just hang around for the sake of hanging around, but it's not always so simple.
Unfortunately, the line is rarely "I should work a little harder on this to make it sparkle" (read: workhorse/gunner) and more frequently "It would take me 6 hours to do this in a way that doesn't make me look like a drooling, lazy retard, and they need it by the morning, and it's 8:00 p.m., whydid I choose this profession".