{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "Complete this sentence:\nYou know your work life balance is bad when ...", "post_id": "5c3f32d9870dd70013024ad0", "reply_count": 455, "vote_count": 48, "bowl_id": "552d1d24dc1c586b09d2d051", "bowl_name": "Consulting" }

Complete this sentence: You know your work life balance is bad when ...

likefunnyhelpful
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at
Highlighted IconHIGHLIGHTED

SC1, you are correct AFAIK. There is no uniform standard for WLB across most consulting organizations, it varies across locations, and even within the same location, based on who you work for. I have some SM’s reporting to me who take care of their team and try to ensure that they leave on time most days; and of course there are a few exceptions, who just like to work hard (not smart) and make others do the same. As a Partner, I’d always choose the former, since it makes sense from both an employee well-being and a commercial aspect. Those teams where people work normal hours (and you have worked to set boundaries with the client), you generally respond to extra work by asking the client: “It will either take longer to complete, or I can bring more people in, to ensure the delivery date stays the same”. In the other (workaholic) situation, my negotiating power as a Partner is handicapped by my team having made the client believe that they can do everything, and that the client “owns” them 24/7. As for those of my Partner peers (I’ve only heard of them on this board, haven’t met a lot in person), who believe the client is always right, and the team doesn’t matter, I think they are in a race to the bottom.

likeupliftingsmarthelpful

This thread is all the reasons I quit consulting in 2018 😂 esp big 4 consulting where living to work is the norm. All those with health issues please take care of yourselves and GTFO of your situation while you can still redeem your personal and/or family life back. No point in chasing the big carrot if you’re miserable and unable to even handle the essential things that matter most. It’s definitely not worth it! Pursue the light at the end of the tunnel and don’t look back!

likeuplifting
Recent IconRecent

Here I’ll go first: ..when your dog doesn’t know you

likefunnysmart

😢

like

When the hotel in the client city sends you a Christmas card

likefunnyupliftingsmart

Actually: when they send you a Christmas present to your home address and you recognise the odor of the hotel

like

When you take out your computer in the waiting room at urgent care.

likefunnyhelpfulupliftingsmart

Was laying on a gurney in the ER after what I thought was a heart attack (flase alarm) got my laptop out waiting to be discharged. Nurse saw me and was like WTF are you doing.

like

What is this "life" you're talking about? Is there an engagement code for that? 🙄

likefunnyhelpful

You overhear your daughter playing with the family in her dollhouse, and the first thing she does with the daddy is make him leave the dollhouse to “catch a flight”

likefunnyupliftinghelpful

Wow my heart just threw up a little

like

when instead of home keys you try using hotel key to get in your house.. 🤦‍♀️.. it happened to me for real. Adding to this when you can’t remember your home address while ordering uber as you have been out of town for more than a month and just remember hotel names. 🤦‍♀️

likefunny

I’ve gotten into my condo elevator and typed the floor I was in at the hotel ....

When the doorman at your NYC building doesn’t know you and when you answer “I’m Jen’s husband in apt xx”, he replies “Jen doesn’t have a husband” and calls upstairs to confirm who I am

likefunnyuplifting

This happened to me over the holiday when our poor doorman had no idea there are women consultants. He thought my husband was an independently wealthy single parent.

likefunny

When you are in consulting

likefunnysmartuplifting

Yes

like

You make slides drunk from a Vegas hotel while on PTO...

likefunnyupliftinghelpful

I so hope you threw in a couple Vegas Easter eggs

like

This thread is the reason I’m quitting

likefunnysmartuplifting

This comment of mine really blew up 😂😂

like

When you use the acronym WLB

likefunny

@BA2 Work Life Balance?

When you moved into your apartment in august and still don’t know the names of the surrounding blocks

likefunny

At home, you pick up the phone on your nightstand to order room service.

likefunnyuplifting

We still have a POTS line for two reasons: 1) When our kids were young, my wife did not want to give up real 911 service where they would reliably know our location. 2) Now she works from home and does conference calls and webinars regularly, and does not trust the quality of VoIP or cell service.

like

True story: I took my kids to a Halloween party. When we arrived I got a “quick question” call from the client. We all stayed in the car for the next hour. Happy Halloween kids!

likefunny

Got a call from a partner in China while at a New Years Eve party at about 11:30. I wasn’t on on the project just advising.

like

When you spend time in the client bathroom commenting on Fishbowl.

likefunny

I’m currently using my bathroom breaks to run in place for a couple of minutes to get me steps in. Gotta sit and ppt for 12 hours and still be healthy. 🙄😬🤫

like

When you have to put your local grocery store in google maps because you forgot where it was

likefunny

Shit guys, all these posts about health issues: please take care of yourself

likehelpful

When you have to block time on your calendar to use the bathroom

likefunnyupliftinghelpful

When you WFH in west cost (to take care if few personal things that involve visiting govt offices before 5:00 pm) but have client in east coast and you dial into the call before brushing, 5:00 am. You also can’t log off early because now that the client is gone, your east coast team hogs all your time well into the evening. Nothing on that to-do gets done.

like

When ordering an Uber home in your home city and you manually enter your hotel address. When you get into your hotel room late Sunday night, settle into bed, think “ahhh..I’m home” and immediately go through the following progression upon realization: ..😴.........😳.....😱...🤯....🤦🏼‍♀️

likefunny

when you wake up in a hotel room and forget what city you are in

like

Has happened a few times. It can be a terrifying feeling of WTAF am I??

like

Additional Posts

Any ideas on how to prevent my face from lighting up when switching to lighter colored tabs on Zoom/Teams meetings?

like

sick of crazy roommates and shitty apartments, is it possible to get a studio below $1900 without living too far from Manhattan? any tips/advice appreciated! (lease is up in July)

like

Thoughts on strategy& compared to McKinsey? In final stages with both. Curious if folks have worked at both - how’s culture, WLB, pay comparison, etc?

like

If [said company] asks to put you "on hold" for the month of December...but you found a better offer, do you: -have to follow through with said gig -communicate this with them if they haven't followed up yet (but added you to new slack channels) (asking because I no longer wish to work with them) Thanks for the advice.

like

Oh is this what we mean by the Big 4? 🤔 Deloitte EY PwC KPMG

Post Photo
likefunny

Average salary %increase and bonus for first year post mba deloitte s&o sr. consultant?

like

Need advice—I feel comfortable, but stagnant. I’ve been at my agency for three years and barely made any work for my portfolio, and haven’t been to a single production. However, I love my team, manager, and agency culture, and know that’s hard to come by… what would you do?

like

Feel pretty close to getting an offer I’m excited about, but also JUST found out I am pregnant. Any advice on how to negotiate my role in such a way that it accommodates my pregnancy/motherhood? Cont.

likehelpful

Does anyone know what’s the starting salary of Principle Associate at Capital One?

like

DPW Finance vs Capital Markets (NY)? Hours? Culture? Second year associate.

like

Thinking to take a job in Deloitte, but how much should I ask of salary? (Currently I am getting paid 92k) Also how's the human capital group??

like

Why are the Big 4 considered to be the best places to work and best consulting firms? Other than prestige and brand I don’t understand why they’re consistently rated and regarded so highly

likefunny

NYTimes headline this morning: “Firm Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Underpaid Women, U.S. Says.” Settling out $5mil in a gender/race discrimination lawsuit.

like

Are there any 🐠 at Guidehouse interested in making a referral for a Six Sigma Black Belt and Healthcare Quality professional with 4 YOE across multiple service lines?

like

Wife is looking to get back into consulting. Went to industry 3 years ago. Recommendations for healthcare groups with local/no travel model? Thanks! Chicago

like

When is deloitte’s promotion time period? Are there mid-year promotions company-wide?

like

How much utilization is "too much" utilization?

like

World: Names COVID variant after a Greek letter which has been around since 1000bc. Advertising: Haha sounds like Omnicom, good one science!!

funnylike

I am a customer consultant and I am now really stressed out due to covid, I want a change in my life trying to learn aws. Preparing for SAA-C02 i need some help with practice exam and also on a decision of which stream to proceed with now Devops or sysops. Any leads much appreciated.

like

As social distancing continues and busy season approaches us, anyone interested in doing a virtual accountability group? I’ll have a excel google doc we share minutes exercised, record productivity, health eating ect then every other week we do a virtual happy hour 🍻?

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

Get realtime notifications and see
what's happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

{ "isSet": true, "allowed": true }

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal