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Prudent or Plentiful? How Law Firms Decide Year-End Associate Bonuses

Dec 3, 2012, 02:30 pm CST


Bonus at our firm this year for everyone. Santa has been good this year.

Merry Christmas to all.

By tim17 on 2012 12 03, 4:26 pm CST

Bonuses have been promised for months until management went predictably silent on the subject in late October. Staff will get theirs next week. Not a word to the attorneys. Christmas is in 18 days. Ho Ho Ho.

By cog on 2012 12 07, 2:47 pm CST

America has lost all common sense and is caught in a world of entitlement. Bonuses were meant to be that, 'something extra' that has been earned because of exceeding goals. Just 'doing your job' does not merit a bonus. A modest 'thank you' monetary remuneration is fine as a way of saying "Merry Christmas", but for anyone--associates or partners, who believe that they MUST have a substantial bonus of 'x' percentage of their salary when firms or companies have lost money is insane and why it's hurtling down the wrong track for many years.

By The Jet on 2012 12 07, 4:25 pm CST

If we get bonuses we don't get them till after year end. That way the books are "closed", no sudden surprises are left to affect our profitability for the year, and all benchmarks can be appropriately measured.

By OKBankLaw on 2012 12 07, 5:04 pm CST

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