It is true that the wrong reason for going in-house is seeking shorter hours; I've "pulled all-nighters" in-house! Also it is right to say that there's no greater job stability; that's very rare anywhere in today's market. Colleagues who don't appreciate the value of their in-house lawyers' contribution to the business are fairly common too. However, you get to be a truly commercial lawyer working closely with the business and key decision makers. When you do your job well, you can turn even the most skeptical, who see lawyers as deal blockers, into raving fans who always get you involved at the start and value your contribution.