Anonymous User wrote:Do you guys have any thoughts on if the V10's prestige and name recognition will be worth the stress down the road? The NY juniors I met all say they don't have facetime requirements and everyone respects vacations, but I don't really believe them completely because they're recruiting and they probably fudged the truth. Just worried being in Houston and doing "energy work" will limit where I can go in the future.
Basically, is there a significant difference between Texas and NY work culture?
Well, considering KE and Latham are V10s, and BB and V&E might as well be in Texas, unless you really, really don't want to live in Texas down the road there is really no prestige bump to going to a different V10 in NYC.
"Energy work" as you put it is not going to limit you in any meaningful sense. SEC rules are SEC rules if you do CapM (actually there are special reporting rules for production companies w/r/t reserves and some other items which most people never touch), M&A is M&A.
Having never worked in NYC, I cannot speak directly to the culture, but that said, I have taken vacation each year in Biglaw and not had to cancel or work much during the time I was out of the office (this gets more difficult as you get more senior) and I have time for family and hobbies. I am probably lucky in that I work for partners who also like to do things beside work, but I have not found it to be that bad overall.
Edit: for full disclosure, I work at one of BB/V&E/Latham/KE in Houston.