Post # 1
Anyone else out there hate their job? I am SO sick of mine right now.
I am a lawyer with three and a half years post admission experience, and I am getting paid less than a secretary…. like.. significnatly less ($50,000 a year).
My boss spends all his time ranting to all the staff about how he doesn’t want to hear anybody ask him for a pay rise, because ‘you don’t simply get a pay rise because you are x many years out.’
The market rate for a 3 year out solicitor is about 80 grand at least, btw.
I know, I have myself to blame… but I am just in a crappy mood of late because I am overworked and underpaid.
I have 90 legal matters across tonnes of different areas. I have several supervisors who all want different things at different times. My hours are from 8:00am – 8:00pm almost five days a week.
I hate it sooo much and am desperately applying to other positions. It just sucks that this has to be my job when my wedding is like a month away!
Post # 3
@Glittergirl_2013: That sounds awful! It sucks to worrk at a job you hate. I am legal assitant and I promise you make more than me if that makes you feel any better haha 🙂
Post # 4
hate mine too! Dreading going in tomorrow. Everyday I tempt calling in sick, but have yet to do it in the three years I’ve been there. If I weren’t getting paid peanuts and had a more fair feeling atmosphere I’d probably be much happier.
Post # 5
I’m thinking you’re in the UK… KEEP LOOKING. I know a few lawyers (US) that kept looking and just left. Carved out their own niche. It’s tough but you’re young and now is the time to take the gamble. good luck
Post # 6
Looks like you created two threads….so I will re-post here:
Sorry to hear your situation! I can honestly say I love my job! I typically work 8am-7pm and I make the same as you (though I am not sure what part of the country you are in, so that makes a difference).
I do not have a law degree, but I have a masters and 3 years work experience. Compared to my peers who work in the for profit sector and do the same thing (marketing/graphic design) I only make about 2/3 of what they make. But I get 60 paid vacation days and I work at a school that I love (it’s mission, students, staff, etc).
All I can say is that maybe it’s time for a job change!! (Though you may want to wait until after the wedding, if money would be tight). I would focus less on the paycheck and more on the work enviroment and duties assigned. Yes, at the end of the day you need to make money, but loving what you do will help you feel more accomplished and better at the end of the day.
Hugs and good luck!
Post # 7
I know exactly how you feel. I am a national certified paralegal (the only one in my firm) working as a legal secretary for one of the biggest narcissists I have ever met. He patronises me; he pretends he doesn’t know what my job skills are (so he can keep me on as his secretary instead of letting me branch out and do legal research for the firm), and I definitely don’t get paid enough to do the kind of work I am doing AND deal with his diva fits. Because of the economy and because he has convinced me that I’m not experienced enough, I don’t know how I am going to gain experience as a paralegal so I can get the f*** out of there. I feel like I’m going to vomit right now as I am gettng ready to leave for work. Bleh.
Post # 8
@frustratedbridetobe: that is awful! I completely identify with you. one of the partners at work likes to tell junior lawyers that he could easily hire a clerk to replace them and would much rather pay a clerk to do the work. It makes me want to slap him in his ugly face (sorry lol) . i have to bite my tongue instead of say: ‘yes well you are paying me the same amount I earned as a clerk 7 years ago and I have taken over matters from more senior lawyers and prepare complex letters of advice which I am guessing my 3 years post admission experience helps with, but sure, keep 30 grand of my pay and tell me how crap I am!
but back to your dilemma, I think you should apply to the jobs you want regardless of what experience you have. Talk up the experience u do have and win them over with your personality and ambition. I kick myself over the times I simply did not apply to great jobs because I thought I didn’t have what took and later found out others far less experienced gave it a go and got what thwan wanted.
Post # 9
@Glittergirl_2013: That’s why I look forward to when the “old-school” attorneys all retire, and the new generation rises. None of the younger attorneys I work with are narcissistic jerks who cut others down, stab people in the back, etc. The “old-school” guys at my firm can’t/don’t want to do anything for themselves, and get cranky when they have to.
Post # 10
My husband and I are both unhappy in our current roles; however, we make pretty good money and are in the midst of paying down some debt so we can start a family. So, unfortunatlely he and I have to grin and bare it each day despite our unhappiness. Once we are in a better financial situation it is likely that we will both start job hunting as we’d then be able to take a pay cut if that were to be the situation. What does help us is planning to do special things when we can in the evenings and on the weekends so that we both have something exciting to look forward to come home to. I also try to plan lunch once a week with a fun co-worker or friend who works near me so that I have a break in the middle of the day to look foward to. Best of luck!
Post # 11
Girl, I hate my job more than anything else, I dread coming in to work every single day. I’m looking for something else but so far nothing. UGH
Post # 12
I can’t say that I hate my job, but I can say that I’m pretty terrified most of the time. My company’s turn-over rate is astronomical and there’s always some new reorganization going on, and unfortunately the last few reorgs have not been fruitful.
I’m just keeping my head down and doing as I’m asked. It’s scary 🙁
Post # 13
I don’t hate my job, but I get paid like shit, no benefits, and job duties keep getting piled on me. :
Post # 14
My bf is a CPA and went through a very rough first 5-6 years in his career working for two of the “big 4” and although he was MISERABLE during that time, it has set him up to have a great career path.
My advice to you is to lay out your five year plan and map out where you want to be. Every day look at what you are doing as a path to your own happiness. You are well on your way. One day you will look back on these sacrifices and realize it was worth it. =) Good luck
Post # 15
@Glittergirl_2013: Not sure if you’re in the states, or what city, butI work for another division of this staffing company that may be able to help you out:
Find yourself a new job with someone who will pay you what you’re worth!
Post # 16
i hate mine too!! i was just talking about this yesterday and how i’m burnt out already. i’m a front office assistant at a small law firm. basically i do everything around here that’s not billable legal assistant stuff (and i do that too when they need me to). i have to deal with an incompetant legal secretary who is passive aggressive. i’m underappreciated and under paid and my job is boring. i gave up looking for a new job for a few reasons- 1. i really want to be in a creative field but to do that, i would have to start at the bottom which means taking a pay cut and Darling Husband and i can’t afford that; 2. we want to TTC in a few months and i’ve been here for over 5 years, i have job security, a good boss (even though he doesn’t appreciate me as much as he should, he’s pretty big on family so i wouldn’t face any backlash for getting pregnant) and excellent benefits. i’m the breadwinner so we need my salary and benefits to get by. i think mostly, this job is really boring and unchallenging. i’ve pretty much mastered it and there’s no room to move up.