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No billable hours

June 27, 2007

A third year associate at the large firm which is the subject of the article linked below (and previously discussed on this blog) about axing the billable hour said “As much as we make a stink when one firm or another raises, it’s really about relative worth. I would absolutely work less for less money and I can’t think of many people who wouldn’t.”

I’d say I know plenty who work less for less money, and while they enjoy the lifestyle, still would trade it in for a chance to make more money, even if it meant work more. If I engaged in cliches, the appropriate one here would be that the grass is greener on the other side. I think that working the dreaded twelve hour day (is it really that bad?) makes it difficult to remember that there are many who never ever get the opportunity to do what we do, and work in firms and get paid big dollars, despite being fully capable. My point is, its easier said that you’d take less money for less work when you make a large salary than it is done. I do like the idea of axing the billable hour though.

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