Lateraling in-house probationary period

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Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:20 pm

Considering moving in-house to a specific company, the company offered me an offer, part of the offer states that for 90 days I will go through a probationary period, is that normal?

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Re: Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby ruski » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Considering moving in-house to a specific company, the company offered me an offer, part of the offer states that for 90 days I will go through a probationary period, is that normal?


I've seen this a lot in non-law related fields. its probably just a company policy and I wouldn't read too much into it. either way you're being hired at will even without the probationary period they can fire you whenever they want

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Re: Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby snowball2 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:11 pm

Their house, their rules. The downside of going in-house is that you are just another employee (there's no enhanced value to your skillset outside of your department).

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Re: Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:51 pm

ruski wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Considering moving in-house to a specific company, the company offered me an offer, part of the offer states that for 90 days I will go through a probationary period, is that normal?


I've seen this a lot in non-law related fields. its probably just a company policy and I wouldn't read too much into it. either way you're being hired at will even without the probationary period they can fire you whenever they want


OP here, is being fired something one should worry about when going in-house?

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Re: Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby JenDarby » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:37 pm

This was in the employment policies of both places I've worked in-house, and it was specifically brought up by a couple other places I've interviewed over the years.

Your employment is at will either way. I've never viewed it as something to cause any additional worry than you might have starting any new job.

In-house can be very fit oriented, especially compared to say a large biglaw class. I've seen people fired/pushed out of legal departments that were generally known for not firing anyone. That's not to say it's any more common than other legal positions, just that there's no real "sure thing." Be careful when taking positions and work hard once you do.

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Re: Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby JenDarby » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:47 pm

snowball2 wrote:Their house, their rules. The downside of going in-house is that you are just another employee (there's no enhanced value to your skillset outside of your department).

The "you're just another employee" is less common in-house compared to at firms, IME.

There's often a lot of bureaucracy involved during in-house hiring so places are careful to look for specific backgrounds, skill sets, and fit. Once hired places will generally work pretty hard to train you. Because internal practices, standards, etc drive many in-house positions, once integrated you will be more valuable than outside employees, even if their general skill sets might be greater.

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Re: Lateraling in-house probationary period

Postby nealric » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:42 am

Anonymous User wrote:Considering moving in-house to a specific company, the company offered me an offer, part of the offer states that for 90 days I will go through a probationary period, is that normal?


I've not heard of an explicit probationary period. However signing bonus clawback provisions if you leave sooner than two years post-hire are not uncommon, as well as waiting periods for benefit vesting.



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