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• “Politically liberal, friendly, at times neurotic and aggressive in terms of getting work done. People are generally easygoing socially although they can be very intense when it comes to the work.” Associate/Partner Relations • “Partners are generally respectful of associates and take the time to provide guidance and feedback. There are some bad apples but they are exceedingly few and far between, and easy to avoid. The firm is not transparent at all about the prospects of internal promotion (when you are a fifth year they advise you of your chances at partnership using the Orwellian alternatives ‘off track’ and ‘not off track’), and while they are revamping performance reviews, those generally are not very helpful as everyone tries to put on a good face and shower you with compliments.” • “This obviously varies from partner to partner and case to case, but I generally find the partners to be decent people who care about associate development. That said, on many cases there is a senior associate who sits between the partner and midlevels/juniors. So until you get closer to big case events (depositions, trial, hearings), you might not get a lot of partner face-time.” • “Firm chair Brad Karp hold regular ‘town hall’ meetings for associates. Associates can submit anonymous questions in advance, or ask questions in the meetings. Brad has a 100% transparency policy—If you asked him what color underwear he’s wearing, he’d probably answer. More commonly, though, he answers questions about associate compensation, partner reviews, internal promotion, etc., with full candor.” • “The junior partners are great to work with and usually really nice. Some of the senior partners can be a little unreasonable. I don’t think the firm is very transparent at all.” Hours • “I do work a lot of hours, and that obviously can be difficult at times. But long hours comes with the territory at any elite firm in New York City. I came to Paul, Weiss because I wanted to do substantive work on the biggest, sexiest cases in the country. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. Face-time is definitely not required, although people generally expect you to be around from 9:30 to 5.” • “There definitely is too much work, but it is evenly dis- tributed and the resources are available to complete that work successfully. You just have to be willing to ask.” • “The hours expected are daunting; face-time is not a big deal unless there’s a reason to be here.” • “Work-life balance here is very difficult. I find that there are two speeds. You are either in a slow patch (usually short lived) in which you have far too little to do, or you are so overwhelmed with work that you barely have time to sleep.
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