I left that firm to work at another - a place where I thought I could write and prosecute cases and over time do well. The partners of that firm hired "outside consultants" to advise them on how to run the firm, as they had lost their way. The outside consultants suggested that they tell us Associates that none of us would ever make partner but instead the best we could hope for was some sort of "non-equity Partner" track, equivalent to a senior associate. It was probably a dumb move - everyone updated their resume that afternoon. Within a year or so, the firm was no more. I left long before that, of course.
The survivors are the ones that thought it though and acted strategically. They took risks, yes, but not foolhardy ones like charging a machine gun nest. Suicide charges? That's what brought down the Japanese Army.