Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

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Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby Jarndyce&Jarndyce » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:59 am

Am I burning bridges by waiting until I get my bonus in two weeks before putting in my two-weeks notice?

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby silenttimer » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:05 am

All you are required to do is give two weeks, which you will be doing. There is nothing wrong with that. The bonus has nothing to do with this situation because it is money that you have already worked for and earned. The bonus is not an incentive for you to stay, but rather to reward your past work.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby elendinel » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:26 pm

I know someone who gave notice maybe a week after she got her bonus. I think she did burn a bridge with one partner by doing it so close to the day we got bonuses (i.e., it was more obvious she waited it out just to get the $$ than it'd have been had she waited a couple more weeks), but she did also get rehired recently, so it couldn't have affected her that much.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:27 pm

Jarndyce&Jarndyce wrote:Am I burning bridges by waiting until I get my bonus in two weeks before putting in my two-weeks notice?


You already earned the bonus so take it. Wait.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby lawhopeful100 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:34 pm

A secretary where I work did this last year, put in her two weeks right after receiving a bonus. One of the attorneys made a joke about it, but the secretary was well liked and no one seemed to look down on her leaving right after getting the bonus. I don't think people would really care in your circumstance either.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby rpupkin » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:39 pm

silenttimer wrote:The bonus is not an incentive for you to stay, but rather to reward your past work.

This sentence isn't true, but your overall advice is correct: OP should take the bonus and then give notice.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby lolwat » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:46 pm

It might be a bigger deal at a smaller firm where partners see the bonus directly coming from their pockets. Probably not so much in biglaw.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby SmokeytheBear » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:57 pm

I gave notice the day bonuses were deposited in our accounts. No one said anything to me and I'm still on good terms with partners at my former firm.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:26 pm

You'd be letting them take advantage of you if you did anything else.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby North » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:27 pm

This is common practice. Wait for the check to clear, then bail if you want. It would be unforgivably dumb to do it any other way

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby ResIpsa21 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:18 pm

North wrote:This is common practice. Wait for the check to clear, then bail if you want. It would be unforgivably dumb to do it any other way

This. There's a reason the lateral market heats up in January/February after all the dust from exiting associates settles.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby liam31 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:55 am

Jarndyce&Jarndyce wrote:Am I burning bridges by waiting until I get my bonus in two weeks before putting in my two-weeks notice?


You earned it. I don't see what the issue is.

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby North » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:20 am

I mean don't say "hah u got played suckers" when they hand you the check

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Re: Should I wait for Bonus before putting in two week notice?

Postby lolwat » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:32 pm

I'd agree with all the above but not knowing iF OP is at a big firm or a small one... there are situations where it's still the normal thing to wait for bonus but you could be burning bridges.



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