Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Recovery?

"Tom,

Just wanted you to know that I started a large scale project today. It's the De Novo project in NYC. It's packed to the gills with over one hundred coders. Everyone seems to be in good spirits and thankful to be back at work. In fact, I think many of us are suffering from post-traumatic stress. Whether it was spending months unemployed wondering how we were going to feed our families, or having the fortitude to put up with the "gansta gang" at Sullivan & Cromwell which was oftentimes the only show in town, we have been through a lot. Let's hope this recovery is sustainable."

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am also finally getting back to work. Thanks to Tom the Temp and other funny people on this site I had something funny to keep me going during the long dark days of unemployment. Cheers!!

Anonymous said...

Is this the same DeNovo project that requires 80 hours a week and isn't paying time and a half? I don't really call that recovery.

Anonymous said...

Gee 80 hours per week @ $40 = $3,200. It is a big time recovery.

Hellelujah! Good for all of you back to work. There will always be the LPO trolls pretending to be unhappy, but just ignore them.

Anonymous said...

Recovery, my ass. The project is way overstaffed. I bet half of you are gone by next Friday.

Anonymous said...

I got a little work - and also found out the cunt who lives upstairs and made my life HELL for all my unemployed months by running across it all day and night with her children is MOVING OUT!!! I am doubly blessed!! I want to kill myself with joy!!

No one can imagine how bleak it was having no money, no job, the long hot summer listening to this bitch and the management company ignoring my requests. But I just kept the faith and kept truckin'. Even now I am not sure my new job will come through - but I guess that's the lesson. Keep doing something every day and things will change!!

Anonymous said...

I think things are getting better - it's probably not a huge "recovery", but recruiters have been calling. Well, yeah, they call and then when you call them back they don't get back to you. Still it's more than before - when there was pin-drop silence.

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Anonymous said...

God S&C is traumatizing. The people there are SICK. Fucking sadistic 40 something washed up staff attorneys who think they are god. And now they dont even give internet access for temps, apparently the people running that shitshow are fearful of the truth being exposed on the blogs. I guess dumping even more shit on the temps was easier than taking out the trash they have permanently employed there in the basemant.

Angel said...

Thank God! I'm so happy that there is work finally. I'm sure that recovery to the temp market will come because someone needs to do all the work that the laid off associates would have been doing. I don't think that litigation really slowed down. I think that law firms are reactionary in nature and they will need the help--it's just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

This blog goes from one extreme to the other. Last week, it was no work/armageddon.

Anonymous said...

S&C is sick, sick, sick. The worst, most unhireable creatures wind up there when the economy is good. Instead of leaving there after a couple of weeks like any sane person would do, they hang on like disease infested leaches.

Anonymous said...

Disease infested leeches is right!! They are totally 40 something losers !! I worked with these sad sack staff attorneys and they just pop pills and find temps to have sex with - gross.

Doc Review Chimp said...

I felt a little better today because Bald Bernanke said the recession is over. I actually lay in the sun and ate my banana and tried to forget the darkness of S&C. I hope I never have to go back there.

Anonymous said...

I need to get involved with de novo right away then. I haven't had any legal work in the past week, I was supposed to work on an appeal but then that fell through. At least 80 hours a week at $40/hr is constant pay and gives you something tangible to do.

Anonymous said...

S&C is hell on earth. I was about to be evicted from my apartment, but I'd rather be homeless than work in that shithole. Two years ago, I went to church and lit a candle to Saint Valencia, Our Lady of the Forsaken, and vowed to her that I would NEVER set foot in that evil sin pit again.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about S+C?

You people talk about staff that left years ago. Its just another temp job people. I heard to stay from that place years ago.

I think there are just one or two people that do 90% of the junk posts. The lame s+c crap is so boring and old. Noone cares about the retarded nicknames you've made up about their perm staff. I bet those people that you whine about evewryday don't even remember your name.

S+C is just another place to work. Get over it already.

Big Momma left there years ago.

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hey, Doc Review Chimp, you are an orangutan, not a chimp. Sorry to break the bad news to you....

Doc Review Chimp said...

Lawyers against scam, mind your own business!! Well, I shall be working soon - just a small project - this time I chose to work with a small firm because I am tired getting beaten up at the large ones. Let's hope these people are nice. At least I will get money for food!! I have been so hungry and worried...

Anonymous said...

7:41 is obviously Big Mamma!!

Anonymous said...

D.C. is swamped with work. My gig (Special Counsel) is at $32 with paid OT, OT capped at 50 hours but that's ok with me. Fellow inmates on other projects also seem to be $32 with paid OT. Two big gigs at Compliance, and 2 big gigs at Hudson start this week and next week. Does this blog just cover NYC?

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Anonymous said...

Document review is a joke, like much of the legal system. The evidence rules and technology brought it into play. It has become a cash cow to those at the top level and a means of scratching out a living for those at the bottom. When the market falls out the bottom will be dregs of humanity with no marketable skills and less (if they had any to begin with social skills). There is a reason the weirdos, non-showering, awkward, obese and/or developmental challenged are the ones that continue to get these jobs and stay on jobs more often.

If you look around a document review room and somehow you just don't fit in and you realize that you are joke if anyone knew this was your job it means you have a chance in the actual working world. Get out of document review. And take down some recruiters and staff attorneys if ever have the chance.

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Anonymous said...

7:45- Did you work at S&C? I am on a document review right now and there are quite a few Columbia and Harvard grads. Everyone seems pretty normal.

Anonymous said...

7:45 VERY WELL SAID!!! I am spent so much time in the temp world feeling uncomfortable and I finally realized it was because I WAS NOT MEANT TO BE THERE. You have hit the nail on the head - my friend!!! Thank God for ONE intelligent human being!!!

cORkY said...

hey 8:17,

If that is what you think you are a clueless idiot and people are lying to you.

You are talking document review work right?

And you mean Columbia and Harvard as in the schools, you better check that these folks are not talking about Columbia, Nigeria or Harvard City, Jamaica.

oh and fuk you for being an ass kiss, when you getting married and stopping work?

Touro '03 said...

Tom,

As an unemployed attorney I masturbate often. Any suggestions on products or foods that help increase semen? I seem to be running low after the seventh or eighth pud whacking of the day. Still slapping the monster around but, go to admit not as much fun when it aint shooting a big load.

Appreciate it.

Signed,
Any long term document reviewer or Tuoro grad.

Anonymous said...

Don't be a hater because you aren't getting any calls. Get back to your fender bender cutting and pasting.

Anonymous said...

9:19- Touro is the perfect school for the Sullivan position. I am sure a couple of weeks of 24/7 Big Mamma will get your love juices going.

Anonymous said...

"Get out of document review. And take down some recruiters and staff attorneys if ever have the chance."

Thanks for the advice Babu. The LPO trolls are out again. Crawl back under your rock, troll.

Anonymous said...

Thank god for work. Work will set us free. These mergers are helping us out!

Anonymous said...

9:39 said "Thanks for the advice Babu. The LPO trolls are out again. Crawl back under your rock, troll."

Who are these babu, babu, babuuuuuu people??? They keep saying Babu, babu, babuuuuuuuu anytime anyone mentions getting out of Doc Review. Why would you think someone was saying it out jealousy and not because it was common sense? Are you actually HAPPY doing this shit??? Wow, you must be a real loser!!!

Trust me if these Indians were in the US with a JD degree they would NEVER be doing doc review. They are not THAT stupid.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Lifer? Is she back at work? Last time I heard from her she was protesting at one of those town hall meetings opposing Obama's health plan.

Anonymous said...

7:45 so true, all i have to say is, when you see a big mouth

SMACK THE BLACK OUT OF THEM!!

Anonymous said...

Indians are smart, so you never see them on doc review. They are always at the top of the pyramid and do well, and laugh at doc review temps.

Compare India the great civilization and modern superpower to a disease ridden joke like Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

"Indians are smart, so you never see them on doc review"

If this is true, than do so many take our jobs doing doc review in their unauthorized LPOs? They seem rather desperate and incompetent to me.

Not mention there are Indian JDs in the USA doing doc review. I have worked with many. These are perfectly nice people who took the time to get a JD. May god bless them.
There quite a few on my doc review. They are liked because they are quiet, subservient, smart and team players.

They also live here, have JDs and pay taxes. They have taken the time to learn US style English. Many are even American citizens.

They are very different from the desperate fools working in the offshore LPOs.

Friend said...

Better to say "over one hundred lawyers" than "over one hundred coders."

Lifer said...

I'm doing a long term project. Pay is low, but we have Internet, the staff is nice, site is clean, and the hours are steady. Can't complain.

Anonymous said...

Bad news: Jobs market getting worse
More jobs were lost in September than expected and unemployment rate hits 26-year high of 9.8%.
Recovery? not so much..party hard till 2012, thats when the slate will be wiped clean & the Earth cleansed

http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/02/news/economy/jobs_september/index.htm?postversion=2009100208

Anonymous said...

Nigerian job market is picking up in New York and California.

Michael Scott said...

You'll notice, I didn't have anybody being Arab. I thought that would be too explosive, uh, no pun intended. But I just thought, 'too soon' for Arabs, maybe next year. You know, the ball's in their court.

Better Coder said...

Hey all,

Wanted to thank everybody for showing at the Concordance training session I headed up. I hope all benefit from my knowledge like some already have, namely those who have used me as a reference and have gotten a first level project. Maybe some of you can someday make a second level or QC-level crew someday.

In other news, my team here at the firm got a pay bump. We now stand at $50/$75 up from $40/$60. We are all estatic since we have been on the project now for two years straight. Of course we are still working great hours too - I will be at 60 when I leave tonight, or what I like to call my $3500th dollar!

The plan is to meet up with some of the associates at Pastis (that's pronounced Pah-steesh for those who don't
speak French fluently) for some good wine and food.

The plan tomorrow before putting in some hours is to keep updating the fall warddrobe. Maybe hit up Dolce or check Louis Vitton for a new bag!

Very Truly Yours,
Daddy Coder
www.bettercoderthanyou.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Being a lawyer of the world, I KNEW there was something fish about David Letterman and that idiot intern Stephanie he used to have on his show. I used to think either she was a Virgin and in love with him - or they were bonking. It was so OBVIOUS there was some sick chemistry there - and now all KNOW. I guess I am not that STUPID!!!

Anonymous said...

I am sure there are many other TV ladies doing the same thing - Campbell Brown has same sort of chemistry with Lou Dobbs on CNN. Watch them, when they introduce each other - they are practically coming on the screen.

Anonymous said...

Same thing goes on in the hyper-competitive NYC legal market. Just look at our slutty recruiters.

Anonymous said...

"Nigerian job market is picking up in New York and California."

Wrong. The firms in NYC are not hiring the Nigerians at all. And California does not allow LLMs to sit for the bar. Even if they did, the Nigerians would largely be unable to pass with just an LLM.

Sorry Babu, take your LPO lies away.

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Anonymous said...

Good point 8:50.

All I am sayin is that Eliot Spitzer had to go and David Letterman has to GO!!!

As a woman who has been molested manyt times by sleazy solos and staff attorneys ENOUGH IS ENOUGH MOTHERFUCKER!! STOP BEING DITY OLD MEN - OR DON'T POINT FINGERS AT OTHERS. [or be in the law].

I hope they all rot in hell. Creeps

Anonymous said...

I've known a sleazy staff attorney or two who have a reputation for chasing after the young JD meat. GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Daddy Coder,

Congradulations on the pay raise. Too bad you had to work 2 years on a project to get a pay bump. Since I can get on specialized projects, I never took anything under 50/75 unless I was planning to jump.

Anyway, I found a regular job, so I only have to work 30-40 hours per week. It's nice being able to go to a restaurant or party on Friday and not have to worry about waking up on Saturday. Also, my resume keeps looking better and better and I'm learning something new every week.

Hope you're having fun on the 60th hour.

Anonymous said...

BC,

I have a regular job, much different and more interesting than straight coding or priv stuff, litigation related but no court appearances, a flat $44/hour (just got a raise from my starting salary of $40/hour), and it's 8:30 - 5:00. Yes, I get to leave at 5pm on the dot. Plus the work is pretty EASY.

Anonymous said...

12:07

How I be able to find an easy job.

Looksing at docs all days and marking responsive or "non-responsive" bes mentally taxing for I.

Anonymous said...

Doing doc reviews rots the brain. This is what is taxing. There are a lot of "blue collar" contract attorneys who do not care that we are doing mindless repetition. But, if one is not cut out for factory work, this can be more painful than thinking.

Anonymous said...

Unemployed for months, I finally took initiative and started freelancing from home. It was great. I felt focused and at peace. Then desperate recruiter called begging me to go in for a job. I agreed. When I got to the firm I realized why I had left temping in the first place. The old lady office admin [totally fake and cheesy] spent 45 MINUTES telling me the about the flavors of tea they have and orange juice and milk in the fridge and cookies of Fridays - all this at 10 in the morning and WITHOUT any info. about the job or project. It was ridiculous!! I just wanted to get to the work. But no I had to listen to old Bag - either she thought I was a retard like I could give a shit about some cheap tea they have or she thought she was being nice and making me feel at ease. Then she took to coming around my desk every few minutes --and explain more available food.
WHAT THE FUCK!! I don't want to go back because I am afraid I will slug this Old Hag.

Anonymous said...

Oh and I finally figured out it wasn't that she was being nice but it was more a POWER thing. If she had been NICE she would have left me the fuck alone to concentrate!!

Anonymous said...

You're only here to win
Get what they say?
You're only here to win
Get what they do?
They'd do it too
If they were you
You done it all before
It ain't nothing new

Anonymous said...

Better Coder, You sound like a man of the world and a man on the go. if you agree to beome my mentor I will suck your dick harder than Stephenie B. sucked David Letterman's dong.

Thank you for your consideration, Baby Coder

Anonymous said...

The person who got all the food explanations should be happy. Usually you have to listen to a lecture about not eating and appropriate attire.

Anonymous said...

hello everyone this is david letterman. I am looking for chubby desperate gals to suck my dong. I hear there are plenty of sadlebag chicks in coding. holla .... at me chick maybe we can work out something with the loans...

Anonymous said...

Nigerians are getting preference for hiring in many cities due to "domestic outsourcing" and desire for people who don't know what they're reading. Can you imagine if it ever became exposed that the litigation was being reviewed by non-J.D.'s from Nigeria, whose first language is one of 500 Afro-Congo languages? Not that important because they settle most arguments with a knife.

David said...

The poster above is right. Call me girls - looking for young, stupid and chubby. Law school/loans will be paid.

Anonymous said...

Babu, you are obsessed with Nigerians. Did your wife Prothema leave you for one of our Nigerian Brothas?

Once again, only utterly craven and depraved Bars like New York allow LLMs to take the Bar. The vast majority require JDs or apprenticeships. There just aren't so many Nigerians working here.

Again, so many lies from the LPO sleazebags. They are engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and will spread any lie to get business.

Who knows what actually goes in those "offshore" centres? If DuPont is any example, not much good.

David said...

Fuck all this Nigerian bullshit. Let's get to the babes. I am definitely going to need one chubby cutie to get me through this crisis. Come on female legal eagels, let's get going !! I may be in the slammer soon!!

David said...

TOP TEN REASONS TO SUCK MY DONG

10. I will pay for law school/loans
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2. I will pay for law school/loans
1. I will pay for law school/loans

Anonymous said...

no way

Anonymous said...

tracy whordan at sullivan and cromwell is the ugliest big-butted clown whore who ever lived. big momma is still there for whoever posted that misinformation. that basement is full of cockroaches!

Anonymous said...

In fact, it appears everyone but probably 20 were gone last Friday 10/23.....that is NOT recovery. However, it was managed very very well and people were treated extremely well by the managing attorney and the firm's on site staff attorney. Issue in this market is efficiency....it is the client's needs first, ours last as usual......it is only antitrust, and this one was a no brainer......didn't need that much talent but for fact there was a deadline with consequences to the client that might have created big time problems for the firm, if it wasn't met. We won't see this type of project again...particularly or ever at some of the other usual suspect law firms.

Anonymous said...

tracy whordan has male and female genitalia.