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Coast to coast every week BOS to LAX was cool for the original project duration but keep getting extended (8 weeks turned into 20). How do I tell leadership I want off even tho they want me on still ?

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Just have an upfront and honest conversation with your manager. It’s pretty understandable that kind of travel is not sustainable. You probably won’t be able to roll off just yet, but maybe they’ll let you come in Monday night instead—as long as you demonstrate you can still deliver

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Can’t they tell client you need to work remote every 3 weeks or something? That being said, nice time of year to spend some weekends in LA...

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That’s an unsustainable model for staffing. Tell the partner you want out

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Corporate housing , if you don’t have a SO waiting in Boston

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How many times have people just walked up and said "I want off this project" and it actually happened?? I did the opposite, lax to bos for months... you can put a schedule in place, i.e travel every other week, 2 weeks on/2 weeks off etc. Definitely tell them you want to change projects and I'd offer an alternative way to support the project until that happens

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Look into long term housing. Career wise, that may be a better move than anything else

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Just tell them. They know that travel sucks and should work with you to find a replacement.

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How far in your career are you? Is this your first project? If you’re trying to make a name for yourself or get acclimated to Consulting, you really should suck it up and finish the project.

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Maybe they’ll let you travel every other week?

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Try every other week, or spend 2 weeks on (stay the weekend), 1 week off. Basically, travel less.

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Suck it up and finish it

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MD1 is the type of person I would hate to work with

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@PwC1 you have no concept of how long this extension will last or the other long term career ramifications of being on a project across the country at a different firm as well so, even though yes travel is part of the job, so is owning your career and deciding what you think is best for you.

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You got into consulting knowing there was travel right? You got into consulting knowing that each project had variable duration(s) right? Then suck it up. Every Partner/MD that you love to hate did. It’s part of the job. If you don’t like the fact that this may happen, go find another career. Side note: I know a Partner who commutes east to west every week...so it’s not like this is a level thing.

As someone who did this exact thing. And also has a social life in BOS and didn’t want to completely give up and ship across the country because of an arbitrary staffing decision - I highly suggest that you have an honest conversation with your direct Manager and say that the travel is affecting work and ability to network on the east coast. There will likely be pushback but the longer you stay the more “sticky” you get to the project

@D4: The last sentence of your post is the one I can get behind and agree with. I did multiple deployments abroad and spent 2 years traveling back and forth Sun-Fri to Canada. It was tough, but I’m glad I did it. If I had someone who I’d worked with before or who had put in a good amount of time doing this, I would be receptive to working it out. If I had a brand new associate who traveled like this for a few weeks, I would not.

This is the mentality that ruins this professional life. Because I did it when I was associate, you must do it too. Ridic. No we don’t. @OP, you asked how you should approach leadership about getting off. You weren’t asking in an entitled way. For those saying you knew what this job entailed right, yes, I would hate to work with people like you. Would it hurt too much to be human in your response. Because you did it too, the rest of those coming after you should also suffer? @OP, my suggestion is to bring up to leadership how the travel is affecting the level of energy you bring to work. Ask if you can roll off soon. If they decide you cannot roll off soonish, I would recommend working an end date with them on when you can roll off.

SC2, you rather work for an MD that listens to u bitching about travel, does nothing about it and then ding your rating or a have a more pragmatic answer? We all signed up for travel... Client extends u, simply enjoy it and find a way to leverage this to advance your career!

@MD1, what are you on about?

I feel like I should have clarified much earlier. I completed the 20 weeks ready with nothing but smiles. It was extended another 24, making 44 in total the reason why I brought this up.

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