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Any signs of MBB travel hours/week changing significantly post-pandemic? Alternatively, are there any particular projects at MBB with less work hours/week, say like a defense gig? I’m really just trying to not scare myself away from MBB, but WLB is very important to me. Currently at Big4 with a fairly nice WLB and I’d love to pursue a MBB opportunity post-MBA for potentially better business experience/exit ops (more Advise work vs implement/operate done at Big4)

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Honestly, you will have minimal control over WLB in any MBB as a generalist. Clients pay enormous fees and expect spectacular outputs. The weekly hours are transparent across my office and they are concentrated between 60-70 hours. Mon-Thurs 9AM-12AM and 9AM-5PM on Friday. There are projects that average below 60 hours per week but there are few of them and it will be difficult to land them consistently. There are WLB improvements being made to offset the increase in working hours over the pandemic. However, I think you need to define what your standard of WLB is because changes won’t be drastic. If you do choose to make some concessions in your work / life balance, MBB is a great place to be for the “work” aspect of your journey, even for brief period.

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Thanks for the details and transparency, that’s very helpful and greatly appreciated!

So youd like to work less or the same as you are now but get paid more? Doesnt everyone want that?

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So, SM1, answer is yes

Big4 work same as MBB and are paid less.

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"Work more" =/= more hours necessarily

More of a generalized view on "more". This applies a cross any industry and is often steeped in the workplace culture. Please don't misunderstand, often, more pay does in fact = more hours....the EXPECTATION that it should be more hours is anchored in the old ass-in-a-seat-is-getting-shit-done culture vs the one where scrupulous time management and efficiency....which hopefully will go the way of the mechanical typewriter and punchcard computer.

Based on your comments, I sense a lot of resentment to the consulting industry. As someone who’s been there, I’d consider leaving. Get that industry job with a pay bump and work 4 hours a day! Why chase MBB when you can have the same exit now?

Lol i couldn’t stand working only 4 hours a day, I do find a lot of purpose in impactful work. Its just so hard to believe that all of MBB is really that bad WLB wise even with the common workplace stir up from the pandemic. I do have really nice WLB currently so I don’t resent consulting, I’m just working on more implementation type gigs and think that advisory roles would round out my skillset for better exit opportunities. Figured MBB is the best way to attain that. Any thoughts on that? Maybe it’s truly something I can accomplish elsewhere.

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