It used to be the big
payoff for toiling away
in the corporate hive.
Today, though, “making
partner” means more
work, more time at the
office and, sure, more
money. But is it worth it?
You’ve toiled. You’ve slaved.
You’ve worked until midnight
more evenings than you care
to remember, missing family
dinners, soccer games and
even vacations. But one day, all the hard work
pays off. The powers-that-be take their annual
vote and—POOF—you magically transform
from worker bee to “partner.” In addition to
the status the title conveys, most times, that
means your paycheck gets bigger, too. Time to
celebrate! Or is it?
If you made partner when Hawaii Five-O
and The Six Million Dollar Man were gracing America’s airwaves, capturing the brass
ring of partnership meant the light at the end
of the nose-to-the-grindstone tunnel. Other,
less senior lawyers, accountants or investment
bankers would be taking your place at the oar of
BY JOANNE CRONRATH BAMBERGER