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Considering an exit opportunity at a higher level + much higher salary with comparable benefits to Deloitte in everything except parental leave which is 8 weeks followed by short term disability.

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I’ve never had that much leave for having any of my kids, and while I would have liked more I don’t know if I’d stick around just for that. Think about moms in this industry and in your firm. How easy is it to return after the birth, to find local projects or to keep up with travel? And is it worth it in the long run for the comp you have now? With the new job you may be able to work out some transition period or partly remote right after a kid and if not, you’d be making more money to help with nanny/daycare etc.

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STD + 8 weeks is still a 14 week leave. With vacation that’s 4.5-5mo. It’s what we have, and it’s totally doable (it’s what I had with my first). Would I prefer 6mo? Yes. Will I take 6mo, some unpaid, for my second? Yes. Would it be a deal breaker for me on switching? No. Now I do think the 4mo-ish timeframe is my absolute minimum. I wouldn’t switch to industry that has 2 weeks paid leave and 3mo unpaid with FML.

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I wouldn’t stay at Deloitte for what amounts to a few extra weeks of leave. Not worth it if you have a much better offer somewhere else. And you can usually negotiate more time with either unpaid time or using Pto.

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Thank you all so much for the advice! Great to know you all made it work with various amounts of leave.

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I had 4 weeks paid leave after STD and took a week of PTO... was back on the road before 6 months post partum which was challenging for childcare. 6 months sounds magical but I’d trade anything and everything for a stable schedule. Babies / toddlers love routines

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Couldn’t agree more here - having the more predictable industry schedule that I have now, is invaluable when compared to the “we need you to travel overnight for 3 night beginning tomorrow” schedule that I was constantly battling (and trying to coordinate childcare)

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I’m not a mom but want to have children in the next few years... is the 6 month parental leave at D something you would never give up? Or will I make it work later on? Thanks for the advice!

If u are heading to the industry, you should be able to make 8 weeks work with daycare and some support system at home. I started working at 8 weeks but was in no way ready to travel.

If you were planning for children in the next 1-2 years I’d say stick it out but not if it’s more than that. It is an awesome benefit but I’m sure in the next few years as maternity leave comes forward more that other companies will follow suit. I am about to take my second maternity leave and am most likely leaving the firm. It’s too much pressure/stress and I have no intentions of making partner.

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