Easier to transfer from a firm's main office to a satellite office, or vise versa?

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Easier to transfer from a firm's main office to a satellite office, or vise versa?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:17 pm

Curious about this.


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Re: Easier to transfer from a firm's main office to a satellite office, or vise versa?

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:05 pm

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Satellite to main office.

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Re: Easier to transfer from a firm's main office to a satellite office, or vise versa?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:57 pm

Done this one direction and in the process of doing it the other. Both are tough, but for different reasons. Transferring to a satellite office means waiting for an opening. You may also end up being "interviewed" by partners in the satellite office to see if you are a good fit. If the market can't support you, or there are personality/technical ability concerns then you may be out of luck.

A transfer to the main office is generally easier to orchestrate. Most head offices have plenty of work and are always looking for warm bodies at most levels of seniority. However, career progression can be more challenging once you've arrived, and this gets more pronounced as you get more senior. Partners often already have go-to associates for the best work at your class level, so you have to work twice as hard to build your internal relationships. This also exists when transferring to satellite offices but is a little less pronounced because you are filling a specific need.



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