SweetnessUVA wrote:What about working remotely? For example, if you have a beach house, can you just bill your 12 hrs working remotely there on a Friday instead of being in the office?
- Nobody will stop you from doing so, as long as you let the partners/seniors know you're not going to be in, but you won't be doing yourself any favors by not putting in your facetime, especially as a first or second-year associate, for two reasons: firstly, you going off to your beach house won't win you many goodwill points with your fellow first-year associates who are struggling along (and are constantly worrying about their debt load), working on the same deal as you are, but got up early, got dressed, and came into the office. Secondly, it's just bad survival tactics on your part: partners may read your actions as a lack of commitment to your job, or worse yet, if they don't see you around enough, they're simply not going to know who you are, since they can't put a face to the name. Come next round of lay-offs, esp ITE, when the partner looks at the list of employees in his department, guess who's the first guy to get the axe?
- You will, however, probably be forced to remote at some point during your legitimate vacation days as a first or second-year. And of course, the BB stays on at all times.
...At least, from what I have observed while paralegaling in BigLaw in New York.