I worked at a small/mid-size firm in a less expensive market my 1L year. They paid ~$25/hr.
foley overall vault rating is lower than ph but in ip they are a top 10 vault firm
does that matter? The people at both firms were great and pay is the same as is location.
so what other things should one consider? Also, what impression would the firm get if I was to split?
what do you mean by "soft offers?" Ive heard the term, but I am just not too familiar with what it means.
Unless you have a job lined up, this is generally a bad idea. Your job search may be out of line with the conventional hiring of most firms.
Profits Per Partner is probably about the best inverse measure of QOL you can find. The higher profits per partner, the more they squeeze out of each associate. Unless you're hell-bent on making partner and accumulating as much money as possible, you don't want a high-PPP firm, and if you're in a career so much for the money, you may be better suited to i-banking.