My client was a junior associate at a big deal NYC law firm. She was working like a dog-60, 70, 80 plus hours a week. Sure, she was making good money, learning lots and surrounded by smart, challenging people, but she was miserable. No balance, no personal life, no light and not much of a sense that the relentless pace would ever end.
Then it happened-she got called into the hiring partners office. She had heard that they were planning to thin the ranks of a bloated associate class. Her reviews had been great -- stellar as a matter of fact. She went to a top-notch law firm (and undergraduate as well). She got along with everyone and often did pro-bono work for the managing partner of the firm (a big deal for a junior associate). So, she walked into the hiring partners office with a mix of trepidation and confidence. And then he spoke the words: “You are valued here. Thank you for your service to the firm and the clients BUT, your skills and assets will be better utilized at your next employer.”Read More