What’s good utilization to be at? I started January 28 and have 98%

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How do I as a staff push back against supervisors wanting me to work overtime/weekends outside of busy season? We just had an awful busy season. I was the most utilized staff in my office. I don’t have it in me to work overtime until the next busy season. I’m at my breaking point.

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9 weeks after being laid off ... I got an offer today that far surpasses everything I’ve hoped for in consulting... low travel, no utilization worries and no sales bogey. I’m glad I kept my tech skills up.

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Does it always make sense to max out your HSA? I have ~$6k parked there now as a healthy 28 yo with virtually no healthcare utilization

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Why do firms invest so heavily in campus hires, even at the expense of experienced hires? Seems like campus hires get opportunities like trainings and networking and engagements, plus lower utilization expectations. Most are making as much, if not more, than some experienced hires so I know this isn’t purely a “fresh out of college kids being cheap” thing. Do firms genuinely think these kids will stick around longer than experienced hires, as if they really are the firm’s (only) future?

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36 weeks pregnant. At one of the big 4 and was just told informally that I’m being placed on a PIP. (Joined a year ago.) The person responsible for aggregating my reviews and advocating for me was shocked. We’re speaking in more detail next week once we have something in writing. When he pressed for details, he was told it was a “peer to peer comparison” issue. No negative reviews, above average utilization, etc. Heartbroken (and hormonal) that I have to deal with this now.

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Anyone leave Deloitte for Booz Allen? Thoughts or experiences? Utilization and compliance are absolutely doing my head in.

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How much should partners be expected to communicate with one another in terms of demands on associates’ time? Should associates be managing all the way up, or is it reasonable to expect some level of coordination at the top? My firm does not have a workflow coordinator so I am curious as to how other firms handle this issue. This has been a problem at my firm which has left to people leaving after being over-utilized.

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People keep using the term “low performer” when speaking to possible lay offs. Is this defined just by looking at utilization % or is it more focused on client delivery/performance?

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Laid off 2 months ago - 111% utilization, glorifying appreciation from clients, great mid year reviews, recruiting & learning development internal initiatives. How do I stop feeling worthless?

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My tax group is under utilized and significantly less busy than last year. Anyone else experiencing this?

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How's everyone's utilization metric doing rn? Just gauging. I don't feel like I'm doing so hot and I'm kinda worried.

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I feel kind of guilty. I don’t know why, but I make 110 base and 15% bonus, and lately my project is so slow that I’m filling my days with internal tasks and maybe 15-20 hrs/week of actual project work. I’ve talked to people about this and I guess given the year we are having it is what it is. Project goes til year end and either extend or roll off. Utilization still holding around 90% YTD since I was busy early on. I feel stupid for complaining, friend in government reminded me big $ low hrs.

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I recently found out that my male counterpart was being paid about 12% more than me. I have a CPA, he does not; however, his utilization was substantially better than mine. Any thoughts?

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In your firm, does taking PTO negatively affect your utilization rate? It does at D so I’m curious to see how other firms handle this

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Looming layoffs in TS: I'm pretty concerned about my utilization, haven't had anything billable largely since late spring. Anyone with that's been around longer have some better insight? I know people always talk about how certain offices always retained people through the last recession but obviously I was not around to experience that first hand.

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Why am I treated as less utilized when I’m using my PTO balance?

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for federal projects that cap you at 40/week, do the leadership ever take this into account how it effects your utilization?

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Utilization rate: incoming undergrad new hire, learned that our industry uses utilization rate to measure performance relative to the rest of our class. From my limited knowledge of it, it seems like it’s not the best metric to rely on, seeing that those who can quickly finish their work will be penalized for their efficiency, while those who dawdle and work extra hours will end up with a higher utilization rate. Can anyone shed some light on this please?

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This is a dumb question but what exactly is the utilization formula? Are there any other metrics I need to be aware of? Are there goals/standards attached to these?

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Any advice for how to get staffed on jobs? I’m an A2 with low utilization and I’m worried about potential layoffs. I’ve gotten good feedback from all my jobs so I’m not sure why I have a hard time getting picked up on new teams. I’ve probably asked a dozen people for work but it never materializes.

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I negotiated a flexible working arrangement with my firm at the beginning of last fiscal year. It consists of a reduced salary based on a reduced number of total hours worked and a certain percentage of those hours being billable hours (my normal utilization % goal). My work-life balance did not improve and I gave notice to leave the firm last month, but my boss convinced me to stay through 10/15. Recently she insinuated that if I don’t meet the billable goal, I’ll need to pay back the firm...

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Never been on the bench. Always been 90+% utilization rate. Can I just be on the bench so I can study for CPA 🤣😭

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Utilization targets for each level within your firm....and go!

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Whats the best rule of thumb for determining fair compensation relative to bill rate/expected utilization? Curious how others assess this

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For those who work at companies with “unlimited PTO”....how does that work out for you? Do you like it? Do you find that you actually use/get time off? Does it negatively impact your utilization?

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If we have a prolonged recession because COVID lingers much longer than we had hoped, won’t the consulting be kind of fucked for the next 1-2 years? Like no travel benefits whatsoever, long hours, no learning from being at client, limited project opportunities for most industries, always worrying about utilization, layoffs, etc.

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What does the market look like for M&A consultants in the next two years? I'm talking to a firm that has 90%+ utilization so they have open roles. Changing companies in a time like this appears risky though. What is everyone else seeing?

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My project goes live Nov 9th but I have accepted a new job. When do I put my two weeks in? I have been with this client for > 1.5 years. My gut says give notice Oct 15th but stay through Go Live week. I don’t want to jeopardize my utilization at my new firm. New firm supports pushing start date but obviously prefers an earlier start date.

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What is your target utilization? Plz state total hours, level, and firm. Thanks!

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Boss Makes a Dollar, I Make a Dime, and I have given up all my personal time. Going for 105% Utilization

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Hello Everyone - Looking for advice from Deloitte practitioners! I am a specialist senior at Deloitte, got back from maternity leave in April 2020. I had my offering leader schedule a call with me to notify that I have been rated a low performer because I had 46% utilization and mediocre firm contribution scatterplot. My project scatterplots have been consistently good 5,5(top right) over the last 3 years. Do they not consider these things before rating someone as low? Feeling very low!

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Had an interview with another consulting firm and the interviewer goes “Yeah I worked 90 hours this week and have 200% utilization but my team is SO. NICE. Everyone is great here” ...... lol pass

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My therapist just referred to the job as an abusive relationship. This is one of the more intense projects I’ve been on in my 4 years - not the most, but has been going for 6 months billing 120% utilization. Yeah, that checks out.

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Is it dishonest for consulting firms to say "no covid-related layoffs", while suddenly counseling out a bigger % of people, or letting people go due to low utilization under the guise of performance?

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I am currently on maternity leave. I missed utilization targets because of travel restrictions and was not rated highly for my performance last year. I am concerned I could be laid off when I return or before - my federal and state protection for pregnancy has ended. This is making me very anxious and not letting me enjoy my bonding time with my little one. Any advice on how I can change my mindset or be more calm is much appreciated. Thanks!!

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I have PTO to use by the end of the year, or I’ll lose it. I’m worried that it will effect my low utilization if I use it. What should I do?

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Can folks from other firms explain how your firm tracks (or doesn't) utilization? Deloitte's system is really broken and I want to learn about other systems out there in the market.

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So when you lay off the people with over 150% utilization and keep people who are at 50%, you are:

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Made my first big, client-facing mistake today. Almost made it a year without one, but alas. Embarrassed and nervous about fallout, especially in the time of layoffs. Say a little prayer for me.

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