OK – for you lawyers that need to vent, here’s a vent on you and maybe a brief explanation on why you get so much grief. So you know my position, I work in a firm that caters to the legal profession and supply billable consultants to them for their IT needs.
How many times I have heard – BUDGET is going to be an issue. Or “You charge what an hour, that is rediculous” or better, “I know this is out of the scope, but can you do this as well” Every excuse about money – I’ve heard it.
I have a firm that handles all of my contracts. I get charged for every minute, billed for copies, mailings and phone calls – the minute I ask – the clock goes on. But it seems perfectly reasonable to have me spend hours on proposals, design networks and supply equipment lists only so those cheap lawyers can save a few dollars and buy the crap on Ebay.
I saw on here that some one posted about past due bills – hahahahahaha – try squeezing owed money from an attorney when the invoice comes in. Like your asking for their first son. NEVER has anyone just sent the invoice back paid, always an arguement or a challenge on the bill, even when their happy about the work. Then, of course, the delays mount because it need to go to the partnership or a freaking committee for approval – as is they didn’t know the bill was coming – the partners/committee approved the project in the first place.
Here’s a thought. Do your jobs, quit your bitching and pay your bills like everyone else. That guy that said he has past due invoices and then people call for advice – you are the biggest culprits, except you don’t feel bad when doing so, as if it’s inerent in your nature.
And to that person that said that we are all experts since we read it on google. Again, hahahahaha – try telling an attorney about IT, they know everything and will clearly tell you how to do it. Apparently attorneys use google more then the common man since every time they ask a question, it is (without taking a breath)answered by them before I even get a chance.
My only consolation is when I hear about the firms network crashing or that they got screwed and have to do it all over again when they take their short cuts. And when they call me for their “Emergencies” I tell them they are in the back of the line and that paying customers go first. Then add a 20% premium to there rate jsut to show them I care.
And the solo guys/small firms, no offense as most of you understand your role. But I love the ones that have a single computer and call it a network – you’re a joke. As an IT professional – no one cares that you argued in the supreme court and that all your friends think your important – you aren’t worth crap to us and we run from you. You innundate us with calls thinking your sooo important, you waste our time wit stupid questions and in the end, even if you charge $500 an hour – you can’t afford us. Go to those idiot driving around in the punch buggies for help – you don’t deserve our expertise and you wouldn’t know whatt do with it if you got it.
To all, quit thinking your so great, you may be in the legal world but to the rest of us your a joke. Quit your whining, you’re no better then Joe’s shoe shop down the street – they’re money is green too. And an invoice is an invoice, pay the damn thing instead of an arguement over 30 cents or 5 minutes. You suck us all dry – learn how to take it as good as you give it.
Lastly, for people who buy things from us. Read the damn contracts, isn’t that your job? To call me six months later asking about the terms of a contract you already signed – my god, you should not be a lawyer.
OK – I ma done – to be fair, there are a lot of attorneys that I am NOT talking to in this post – to you I say keep doing what you are doing and you will rise above the scum that is the profession. (Excuse any typos – I was pissed and didn’t reread it)