Alvarez & Marsal PEPI - Do you usually charge actuals or are you capped at 40/week most of the time?

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If you are doing diligence you usually charge anywhere from 24 to 40 hours average weekly based on 2 years working in the group; also it also depends on budget lot of diligence are fixed budget so getting more hours are less likely; finally you end up working more than that including weekends which screws up your personal life and time with kids… actively looking to move on; almost in final rounds of discussion.

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Sorry for your experience. But how do you pad bonus by working weekends? In my experience we charge 50 hours capped Monday-Friday and weekend work isn’t usually billed unless an exception and agreed with client. I hate working weekends too but I’m young-ish and don’t mind sacrificing too much to build my career and wealth but won’t keep doing it forever

I heard within PEPI it’s over 90% right now

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Capped. Projects usually sold at 40. Diligence requires me to eat hours, but integration planning work is the opposite. So it all evens out in the end

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Thanks, so to get to 80% utilization, you’ve got to be staffed 42 weeks out of the year essentially?

50 for nearly anything in Europe. Occasionally eat hours but not always

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Comment refers specifically to PEPI. RX more likely to charge actuals in my experience

Not capped if you’re staffed on some projects : e.g. working on a consumer retail group project while a PEPI person

Got it, but that project is probably sold at a higher discount?

Generally a project will get you 40-45 hrs/week, but there are times when I’ve had overlapping deals going on and been able to charge over 70 🤪

This is probably the first thread where I’ve seen people complaining about A&M. Usually it’s always about the big $$ at the end of year, great PE exit ops, great culture etc. Do you guys think it’s just the wfh situation that has drained you in last 12 months?

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40-50. Typically 40 for assessment/ diligence.

45 charged or 45 worked?

How many hours are you working vs what’re you capped at? Also, can anyone elaborate on CFO services group or which one is more analytical/FP&A oriented? Considering a transfer :)

What’s the average utilization for you guys ? I was told it hovers around 50-60% for most. With such utilization the TC barely touches 200k

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