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Lawyers. They like to enslave people and make sure you know that you are there to solely cater to them. If you are paid, it's not even a living wage. Avoid being a runner/courier/slave for a law firm at all costs. It will suck your soul dry and leave you resentful and devoid of confidence.
What Made This Job Your Worst Job - Ever
I was hoping to gain some experience working at a law firm before I applied to law school. I had always had well-paying and fun jobs while in college (I know, I completely lucked out). I knew I had to make some sacrifices though to get where I wanted to be. I was offered a position as a runner/courier for a very well known law firm with the indication that there would be advancement opportunities. Cool- I can stick it out for a bit and prove I'm not an idiot and move to a position I could actually learn something. I was on a 90 day probation period and after that I would get a raise (a whole $0.50/hr whoopee).
So, I was trained for a week by the previous runner. He was going off to school or something. He seemed upbeat and positive about the job and had been doing it for 3-4 years. I figured it wouldn't be so bad.
Part of the job was to make sure supplies were good to go, the kitchen was stocked with cokes, snacks, water, etc. That didn't sound too bad. Quite a bit below my capabilities but I'm of the opinion that I can survive anything, at least in the short term.
The first Costco trip that I had to make on my own seemed to go smoothly. Little did I know that these lawyers had very, very particular taste. Of course they don't actually tell you this until afterwards in passive aggressive ways. The next morning after I had restocked the paper plates/napkins etc. I see a note for me written on a paper plate that said, "These plates are too small. I can't fit my sandwich on this." The plates weren't that small at all. This was also the same one who would throw out all the apples in the frig if they weren't Fiji apples.
The next week I'm left a note on the microwave that says, "Clean the microwave....and my windows too." I was never hired to be a cleaning lady. Shortly after this I found an email saying that their first choice for runner backed out. Yay. 2nd choice. That sure helped my self-esteem.
Somehow I survived this torment and belittling for a little over 3 months. When I had to talk to the head partner after my probationary period, he gave me feedback that everything was good but he had received complaints that there weren't enough pencils in the conference room. So he went to the trouble of creating a checklist for me to follow when I came in. It was downright insulting. I turned in my resignation the next day and didn't regret going back to the industry that I was in previously where I not only was the one calling the shots but I had fun.
Tips and Tricks
- I should have quit sooner or never have taken the job. My confidence, finances, and happiness suffered in my effort to gain experience by starting at the bottom. Never let any employer treat you like a slave or belittle you
- For a position like this, kiss butt. There's no other way to survive.
- I should have had more of a backbone. I was so devoid of confidence with this job that I just couldn't find it in me though. I should have replied to the notes in the same fashion: "Please indicate the exact dimensions of the paper plates you prefer"