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Been at this company less than a year and my mental and physical health have taken a hit, I hate the culture, have no interest in the group they put me in, it's just not a good fit. I cry every night

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OP - I applied to a few places a month ago, had the phone interviews last week. The one didn't work out because the salary offer was too low... But they felt great because it's nice having someone recognize your work and think you're a good fit for their company. Like the shit I've gone through for the past 9 months was worth something. I don't plan on leaving immediately unless the offer is too good to pass up (also don't want to pay back the signing bonus haha).

To answer your other question, no they did not specifically ask me why I was interviewing/thinking about leaving before a year was up. And frankly why would they care? They're interviewing a talented individual (you) who could be a great addition to their team. I don't think you should worry so much about that. And if they did ask you, be honest. Culture wasn't for you, you wanted more stability, the new job aligns with your goals, etc. Be true to yourself and what you want from life, no one else is going to stand up for you and your needs. And they will respect you way more for knowing what YOU want from life.

You're a smart, motivated, and beautiful human being. Deep breaths. You will get through this.

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I left my first job after 10 months to join consulting.. I immediately regretted it, horrible project, long long hours 7 days a week at client site, 100 plus hours easily (luckily) I was local.. I thought I was going to go insane, my family encouraged me to quit but I didn't want to be unemployed so I switched projects, that were just as bad.. I ended up leaving after 3 years of misery! But I switched firms and it has been an amazing journey.. I'm aligned to exactly what I want to be working in and everyone listens.. If you can't find what you want in industry look to switch firms and be very direct about what service line you want to work in! Things will get better I promise (I cried a lot too) just keep your support system close

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Just start looking for other jobs and just tell other employers the truth, that you want to do X and they have you doing Y. People switch jobs like this all the time and you shouldn't feel obligated to suffer and power through it due to a misplaced sense of having to pay our dues. If someone interviews you then they by definition don't care about the fact that that you'd be leaving after less than a year of experience.

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If u start interviewing now it'll be at best a couple months till you're a year at your first firm. Just fucking do it. Nobody cares that it was 10 months versus a year - no unicorn comes out and congratulates you when you tick off the 365th day of your job.

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About how miserable i am and how stupid i was for falling for all the recruiting BS. I don't know what to do because it's career suicide for me to leave this early but sometimes I feel like it will be actual suicide if I stay. Has anyone else felt like this? What do i do? I feel so lost

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You're too important to be unhappy make a move to ensure you happiness

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Thank you guys for all the support. When i posted this originally, i honestly thought i was going to be told that i was overreacting or was crazy. Although it is somehwat comforting to see other people going through the same thing, it makes me even more angry that this has become the norm at one of the supposed "best places to work." Anyways just wanted to let you all know ive officially decided im leaving the firm. It sounds like a lot of you who commented should probably do the same if you arent already, but for those that plan on staying, would def recommend emailing pwc 15 - maybe he or she can help you out. But personally i am done. This is/was a horrible phase in my life that i would like to forget

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D1 i have been trying to move since before i even started. I told them during recruitment what i was interested in and i turned down other offers because they told me i could start getting experience in this group early on. Instead they put me in a completely different group on a horrible project that never ends and won't let me off of it. I see with so many people at this firm that we aren't being put in positions where we can be the most useful, they care more about things like headcount and location and staff level than your interests or your skills.

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My $0.02 about consulting: nothing last forever. Great project ends, shitty project does, too. Hang in there. Instead of quitting PwC, I'd rather you talk to the HR who hired you, or Sr. Mgr/MD from the alignment you desire, express your concern, and ask them to possibly pull some strings for you. My concern is that what happen to you right now can happen at any consulting firm, any day, any year. There's no guarantee that moving to Accenture/Deloitte/EY (to name a few) will solve the problem. Problem is not to get run away from, but something to solve. Goodluck!

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I've know heard this same story from 5 people at PWC. Really concerning that they just dump you into a group, especially one your don't want to be in and leave you there with no hope of switching. 3 are still miserable including you, 2 left.

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Don't give me that BS D5...just because you want to be a robot that takes abuse doesn't mean others have to. It's folks like you that perpetuate the political BS people run from.

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@PwC OP. I want to help. Seriously and with no other purpose that your posts break my heart. Email me: ConsultingMyCraft at gmail.com

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Im so sorry for the long rants but i have been so overwhelmed by this constant anxiety that i am literally hiding in the client bathroom

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Move then. You're not a tree

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I'm going through the SAME THING literally OP 😪

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Does anyone at PWC like their job? Really enjoy their job not just suck it up and do it? I really enjoy my job. It makes me so sad and mad for you guys when I hear these stories over and over. I want to call PWC and tell them they have a serious culture problem

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Yep, I hate my job too. I'm literally betting the farm on this upcoming interview

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It will not be career suicide to leave after a year. I did and have a very strong career. Start looking now.

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I think that thinking in those terms––big-consequence terms––is probably not helpful right now. Do what you need to do in order to stay healthy and sane, first and foremost. Then figure the rest out after that.

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D2 have spoken to both my coach and relationship partner. Both are pretty much telling me this is part of earning my stripes or whatever and dont seem very sympathetic. The only other people i have confided in are other associates (many feel the same way)

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OMG OP literally in the fucking same boat!! My project sucks, everyone's super political and I'm literally pulling in 18 hours per day (morning 6 till 12 am, still in office right now) . There's no work culture as they put out in our trainings and all recruiting BS......I've started applications to go into industry...trust me if you think you want to get out just do!! No money or client is more important than your health and life!!

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I'm a first year too and I've already started looking. I'm an MIS'er so coming into the firm and learning I'm going to be aiding the audit teams in their data efforts instead of IT Cyber Security (which is what they hired me for) had me out the door already. I'm still doing audit work and now it's month ten. I had a review and the only comment they had was I need more of an accounting/audit background. WTF I'm not an accountant/auditor. Not what I went to school for nor is it my interest. Just leave once you've gotten something else lined up. No two weeks notice, just walk out of the door.

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