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Requirement for a market bonus fluctuates from year

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requirement for a market bonus fluctuates from year to year with no guidance from the firm as to what you need to hit to get the market bonus.” • “Compensation is market-rate for more work-life balance than is available elsewhere.” • “Bonuses at 2000 hours are a bit low, but are market at 2100 hours.” Quality of Work • “My work is substantive and appropriate to my class-level, including drafting of key documents, maintaining client relationships on a day-to-day basis, and crafting advice on high-level issues. The practice group makes a visible effort to ensure that associates have work that is appropriate to their level and billing rate.” • “I receive work that is both appropriate for my level as well as work that may be ‘above my rank’. The assigning partner is thoughtful in choosing who should work on what matters and also willing to take into account certain interests and preferences, which is appreciated. The partners in my group feel strongly that developing associates should be exposed to all different aspects of practice, which I agree with.” • “Because Katten is leanly staffed, they can’t afford to give associates throw-away assignments. I do something sub- stantive and meaningful to the case every day. I can tell my work is actually needed and appreciated. As a first year, that often means I am confused or challenged, but ultimately I am learning and growing every day. Katten really comes through on its promise to give associates substantive work.” • “I am given complicated work that is appropriate or a challenge to my year-level. I am encouraged to take on more difficult assignments to learn.” Training & Mentoring • “The informal training is excellent. Senior associates are more than willing to work with junior associates on how to improve, and regularly send around relevant articles or presentations. The formal training leaves a lot to be desired—there is hardly any instruction with the deposition and cross-examination training, but that may be because it’s a pilot year for the new structure.” • “The chair of our group makes an effort to recommend the associates for certain CLE or development opportunities that would benefit us and/or that she knows we have a specific interest it—which is very appreciated. It would be great if
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© 2017 Inc. 618 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LLP the firm offered more in-house CLEs so that attorneys did not have to seek CLE credit elsewhere.” • “Katten assigns partners to associates to help guide them through their careers at the firm. In addition, the partners I’ve interacted with have all made an effort to ensure that I receive the type of work and opportunities I’m interested in and the training I need.” • “There isn’t a ton of formal training, but it has gotten better over the past few years. That said, the informal training and mentorship is great.” Career Outlook • “Promotion to partnership is realistic for most associates.
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