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Partner One

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Partner 1 and other Partners offer their sage advice.

For KPMG PPMD, how long did you spend at the director level before making it to MD? How long at MD to Partner?

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About to leave Consulting (for SWE @ FAANG bc $ and gc sponsorship; shooting for Product after) after 2 years out of College. Feels like Consulting taught the basic skillset for my professional life. … more

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Hello Deloitte PPMD 🐠, I spoke to a D PPMD recruiter recently for possible opps with D. I was told that most of the people at this level will come in as MD, with a possible path to Partnership. Was t… more

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Let’s say staff got an offer from a competing B4 to jump ship moving up in comp and title. Can they eventually boomerang back to your teams? If so, how would you feel about this?

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Fellow partners, did any of you join MBB as an MD/Partner (direct admit)? I am at a point in my career where I really need to think about my next steps and would like to get some advice from people wh… more

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Hey Partners! How has your Work life balance changed when you transitioned to PPMD from SM? Was it considerably better? More time with family? Which position would you equate with more hours/stress?

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I’m a new MBB partner. I was heads down focused on this goal for the last few years. Now that I’m here, I’d appreciate any advice for how I should think about my early partner years. How do I figure o… more

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Currently at a respectable boutique FAAS-type firm. There are very few partners in the office and the main is very territorial and not a developer of talent. There are other firms in the market but qu… more

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Did you become a Partner as a second career (aka industry hire Partner)? How has your experience been? Would you recommend it?

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Big 4 partners, can you provide any insights into the Partner v MD decision when you were up? Were you given the option? Can you share the pros v cons, especially from salary and pension standpoint.

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Partners, how do prep for challenging conversations with a difficult client? Dealing with a knowledgeable but inconsiderate and brash client. Constantly keeps changing the agreed upon basis for discus… more

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Just made the Jump to a big 4 from industry. Coming in at an MD level. I’ve been told to network with everyone... any recommendations on how to keep track of everyone I “meet” and key players I should… more

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I’m quitting and I want to leave on a good note, but am really overwhelmed about how to do so. I’m leading two engagements and a lot of big internal work. How much notice do I owe them, and who all ge… more

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Partners, how do you view Directors, particularly those coming from industry? What's your relationship like with Directors? Do you seem like as a enabler to your ongoing success or another resourc… more

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How do new partners at a firm sell work to new clients during Covid times? How is the market doing and how are you able to grow the pipeline?

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Did you take a few years off when you had children? Did it mess up your career trajectory? Or your wife's? Pregnant with my 1st, and a very career oriented gal, but will have no family nearby ever… more

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Partners, what would make you skip the Q&A portion at the end of an interview? I just had a final round interview with a partner and even though we had about 3 minutes left after the case, he esse… more

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I have recently been promoted to partner and think it's time to find an accountant and tax professional given my long term earnings potential could be quite substantial. Those of you that already… more

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Is it worth getting proper dining etiquette lessons? I grew up learning certain table manners (no elbows on the table, no slurping, no licking fingers, eat with your mouth closed, etc). But I’ve see… more

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Do you have insights into the total comp of top partners (top 5-10 people) at T2 firms like OW and LEK? What is the range of salary for top earners?

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For the partners/mds/directors etc how are you protecting your money with the new administration? I’m assuming Biden’s plan will help the lower class but for the upper class I’m sure there have been s… more

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How is the pipeline for director at KPMG? How long does it usually take for a manager to make director? What is some advice to make it there quicker?

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Calling Partner 1 - I’m curious, what inspires you about your firm? Does your firm’s purpose align with your own and inspire you to get out of bed every morning? If it does, what is that purpose that … more

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Captains, you think we’ll be back on the road at least on a partial basis by end of Summer/beginning of Fall? To be honest, consulting is just hardly worth it for me without the travel, considering my… more

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Partners at Deloitte. I got an offer from D, Sr. manager position. HR emphasized that it will take me 4+ years to get MD / partner level. Is this valid or is the HR just setting my expectation level… more

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Is it possible to move to a competitor without hurting feelings / leaving on "bad terms"? 🤔 How to minimize damage to relationships?

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I've been in Consulting for ~3 yrs and I love it. I moved to Big4 from industry (2 yoe at FAANG after graduation) mostly because I got bored there. Consulting keeps me thinking, exciting, and (wha… more

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How do you build a practice and your “core team” when coming in as a direct admit partner? What were your biggest challenges?

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How do you approach your current employer/leadership telling them you have an offer from a competing firm at a better salary but don’t actually want to leave.

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Big4 Partners: could you provide some insights into how the Big4 pensions work. Assume one becomes partner at 40, and then retires at 50 after full vesting, how much annual $$ you get after retirement… more

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I’m one of the top performers in the company and got invited to the company’s emerging leadership program. I always meet all my goals and deliverables on time but still feel like half of the time I’m … more

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First official day as a partner. Hello there!

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If you weren’t a partner/could do it over again what would you be doing?

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What’s your best advice on manage up while you are moving up the corporate ladder

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Hello Partners - I’m curious, by your estimation what % of B4 partners make it to the 10 yr, fully vested partner milestone? Would you say it’s a majority or a minority?

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Have any B4 partners made the move to another B4 as a Manager or young SM to make partner at that new firm? Wondering if the internal network is worth more than a 50% raise at a competing B4.

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For homegrown partners (ie, you remained at the same firm since entering consulting after college), at what age did you become partner?

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Any other former B4 or MBB partners glad they left consulting for FAANG leadership role? As one who is so glad I am doing something different after 20 years in the “grind” I am looking for others who… more

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Q re: "executive presence". Joined B4 in my mid 30s, on Partner track by 42, made numbers and top ratings ever since. Now at 46 been told I lack executive presence, when I'd been told I… more

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