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Work-life balance has always been one of the principal attractions of in-house work. In this year's survey, nearly one-third of respondents listed it as the greatest advantage of the job--beating all other categories. But scratch deeper and you'll find the recession has eroded this attribute for many lawyers who find themselves working longer hours with fewer resources at their disposal.
An oft-overlooked element of career satisfaction is mobility, the ability to move on or move up when you feel ready. But with law departments contracting and turnover low, some in-house counsel find themselves stuck.
More than Money
Christine Helwick has seen her compensation drop and her workload rise as a result of the economy, yet she still rates her career satisfaction at the top of the scale.