Should I take this job

posted 3 months ago in Career
  • poll: Should I take this job?
    Stay at current job : (9 votes)
    75 %
    Move to new position : (2 votes)
    17 %
    Other - in comments : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2517 posts
    Sugar bee

    In your shoes, I would try to find out more about the work-life balance and expectations/culture at the other firm, as well as the potential for advancement there vs your current firm. It sounds like a good opportunity overall, but it also seems like you have things pretty good right now in terms of being able to leave at 6, not take your work home with you or work weekends, etc. Is it worth it to leave that for ~40k more a year (assuming benefits are equal)? It very well might be, but if it’s not enough to really move the needle on your quality of life I would seriously think about whether it’s a net gain for you. You have a lot of student loans, but they aren’t crazy relative to your salary and future income potential, and you’re already making good money. It really comes down to how much you value your time and what the extra money would do for you. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    1005 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The risk of something not working out right would be too high for me for essentially a lateral move. Besides it sounds like you’re on track for more advancement at your current firm. I would say thanks but not thanks and stay where you know life is good. Water your own grass and it will grow, but if you change yards there’s no guarantee of what’s really going on until it’s too late.

    Post # 4
    Member
    181 posts
    Blushing bee

    Your current job sounds like heaven, honestly. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    3433 posts
    Sugar bee

     What kind of law do you practice and would you be practicing? I have worked at defense firms where we were paid by the hour and recieved a salary based on billable hours. I have also worked at a plaintiff-side firm where the firm was paid a contingency so I received a salary plus either a % of commission or an hourly rate based on my time on the case, depending on how much I worked on the case. I would be scared to go to a straight commission situation without knowing the exact business plan of the new firm, the inflow of new clients, etc. If you are supposed to go find your own clients, are you good at that? I am not. I don’t know. I don’t see a marked difference between the two firms other than that one might pay you more. 

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    5 posts
    Newbee

    I was going to vote for you to stay with the current firm but after the salary “mix up” I changed my mind. To me it sounds like they may be trading mentor ship for your pay. If you can get mentor ship at the other firm and make more money while maintaining a similar work-life balance and health benefits, then go for the new job. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    1005 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    Yeah that “mix up” kinda changes everything….

    Post # 10
    Member
    181 posts
    Blushing bee

    Your update completely changes the post I think. Your current company doesn’t sound as trustworthy as I thought, and I doubt they will really consider adding a 3rd partner if they were so adamantly against it before. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    328 posts
    Helper bee

    I’d suggest you get clarity on the commission structure. Is it REALLY based on your billings alone? I’ve been a lawyer for over a decade and I’ve never heard of someone getting a percentage of what they bill – it always relates to originating the client or at minimum the matter/case. That comes with a lot more uncertainty and effort. But, I’m in the US and before going in house only worked big, big law, so maybe this is a thing I just haven’t heard of.  

    Your current job sounds awesome. Maybe just leverage this offer into a higher salary from your current firm?

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