guestbrah wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:13 am
Adapting this post here from elsewhere.....
Anyone here in Patent Pros that might want to trade info/share experiences?
I'm coming up pretty close to the 2 year mark where I am. First firm post-grad, but summered at other firms.
For reference as to where I'm coming from: top 10 law school grad, OK tech credentials, at a small ish office of a large firm in a "secondary market" I guess you could call it. Base pay is a little below "Cravath scale" (is that what they still call it? I honestly don't talk to NYC lawyers at all anymore, and havent really read shit like ATL/TLS in prolly over a year at least). Bonuses are shitty, benefits are great. Mostly work in the EE arts.
My quality of life varies between amazing and outright horrible. For example, in the 4 weeks of Feb before this current week, my (unsubmitted, so they'll end up a bit higher too once all the rounding and stuff happens) hours went 55, 35, 63, 68.
IMO, I feel a 68 billable week is not a fun fucking week. That week included a double all-nighter cranking out a 113 page application to meet a submission deadline. Makes me contemplate peacing the fuck out sometimes. Also because of the small bonuses and "low" "billable" target, me and some of the colleagues I'm close with don't really feel rewarded for these kind of efforts. Oh yea, and this week looking like 70s at least, burning into the 3rd day in a row without sleep at the moment having missed a deadline for one of the first times ever on this bigass app I've procrastinated on for ages.
I ALSO feel like my group has a weird structure that I worry may be stifling my professional development. But, I'm also not sure if these sorts of things might be more prevalent than I realize. But without knowing that, I feel like describing it in much detail on a public forum might be too outing.
I've considered considering one of these lateral offers I get blown up about constantly. At least I think it could be a decent pay raise, and I would be mildly surprised to hear of another pros atty working much more than I do. But then I hear from other ppl (not at my firm) how lucky I am to be at the firm I am.......... Idk.........
Basically, just wondering if anyone here might want to talk semi-anonymously (or, just, without trying to protect anonymity at all -- either way. I won't snitch you out, promise lol).
Mostly looking to just chat, and/or data points about any/some/all (whatever you're comfortable) of: group structure, variety of clients and work, autonomy, workflow, your typical timelines, BUDGETS
, compensation, time off, happiness, etc etc etc... I am willing to be very open if you'd like to be.
Thanks for reading.
Feel free to DM me, or I can drop a throw-away email address, or whatever, if you just drop a post below.