Factors to Consider when Evaluating a Job Offer

1. Compensation - Even if money isn't the driving force behind your job search, you probably want to be compensated fairly and at market value. Your recruiter can provide you with accurate salary data and inform you on how your offer compares to what other attorneys are making at your level, in your practice area, in your region and at a firm that is similar in size. There are other aspects of compensation to consider and evaluate besides salary. Be sure you have adequate information on the following:
  • Bonus: Is there an annual bonus? Is it guaranteed? Is the bonus performance based, hours based or a combination of the two? What is the hours requirement for a bonus? When are bonuses paid out? Are you eligible for a prorated bonus if you start in the middle of the bonus year?
  • Salary: When will you be eligible for a salary review? What have the increases in salary been historically for the position, and are they based on performance and/or hours billed?
  • Other: Does the firm offer reimbursement for moving costs, bar admission, CLE classes?