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Partners that i have worked with have made a

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• “Partners that I have worked with have made a conscious effort to provide development opportunities and have given me real substantive work whenever possible.”
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635 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition HUGHES HUBBARD & REED LLP Hours • “Reasonable hour requirements, though some face-time is expected.” • “Limited face-time requirement; sufficient work to keep everyone busy; flexibility to reassign projects as necessary.” • “I think I have a fair amount of work given the number of people in our office. Face-time is silently encouraged, but not required outside of the 9:30-5:30 hours we should be in the office. Working from home is tolerated when you aren’t feeling well or when you have to juggle a doctor’s appointment. Work seems to be evenly distributed.” • “There’s no face-time once you are senior enough to be trusted to get your work done well from anywhere.” Compensation • “Market salaries for associates, with a tiered bonus system that adds the potential to earn more than market.” • “Tiered bonus structure includes bonuses well above Cravath scale for those billing above 2100 hours.” • “We are at market with salary and have a very fair bonus program.” • “The bonuses kick in around 1950 and may kick in at 1750 if you have over 200 hours of pro bono.” Quality of Work • “I get a nice mix of more challenging work above my level that my superiors let me take a crack at, with some supervision.” • “I spend a lot of time on legal research for discrete tasks and writing summaries of that research. There is also a lot of document review. The most substantive work I do is motion practice work, but all of that comes from pro bono work.” • “After my first couple of years of nothing-but-doc review (which I think is pretty normal in big firm life), I’ve had an amazing assortment of tasks and my professional work has gotten more and more interesting and fun.” • “In view of my non-track status, I think I’m relatively for- tunate with the type of work assignments I am given.” Training & Mentoring • “Everyone is generally available to chat and to give advice about anything. The firm has a formal mentorship program and budget where juniors are matched with mid-level/seniors as well as a partner and they can go on some outings to develop mentorship bonds. There are also many informal mentorship relationships that grow organically.” • “I have a good relationship with my assigned mentor. As for training, there are multiple opportunities each month for associates to attend trainings and not all are mandatory.” • “Our associates are given a lot of responsibility, and do a great job of handling it. The informal mentoring and skill building that happens during that process is excellent.” Career Outlook • “Promotion to partnership is not realistic and the firm needs to help senior associates who are unlikely to make partner transition elsewhere.”
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