Excluding doctors and lawyers, do you think that it is fair to say that working as a consultant is a lot more demanding that many other business jobs? (Billable hours, 24/7 availability, etc..)

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TBH I wouldn't trade our lives for our accountant brethren - busy season sounds like ultimate hell.

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Agreed with PWC1, I don't think the busiest times for most of us compares to an accountants busy season.

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Ibankers work way more brutal hours...

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Similar to the other two professions, the firms are "service based" businesses. And our knowledge/expertise is what's being sold

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Not at all. Once you figure it what you're doing this job isn't super difficult...just time consuming

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Accounting isn't that bad relative to tough consulting projects especially M&A.

IBanking is far tougher

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Not really, in consulting the only reason to be overworked is poor scheduling/planning. Would you say we have it harder than firemen?

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@p2 I don't agree. Most people I've seen or met in accounting describe busy season as basically our deliverable nights, except they are every night, for 4 months straight, 7 days a week. What makes it worse is the absolutely remedial level of work they do especially at junior levels, but the need to always be detailed oriented because a simple fuck up is a big deal.

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Who the hell has 24/7 availability as a consultant lolz. I find the consulting lifestyle is manageable, as long as you firmly set expectations (obviously with the occasional flex)

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*out . Ugh autocorrect

In the beginning but later I think it goes the other way. I wouldn't trade places with my C level peers for anything. The politics at that level are insane and stuff completely out of your control can wipe out an otherwise successful career in an instant.

M&A projects are typically tough

From what I've seen of busy season, it's the same as what we typically work; they're just spoiled by normally working 40 hours a week.

PE, especially mega funds, work way worse hours on a consistent basis

Firemen have it easy. LA Fire and NY Fire are like tier 1 consulting. These guys get everything expensed and absolutely every hour is billable. As a result, you'll often see fleets of firefighters sitting idle getting overtime every single day. Ruling out the fact that they have to risk their lives (what other option do they have to make a "killing"). It's not uncommon for these guys to clear $150k every yea. Proof: I worked in operations for LAFD. So yeah, bad analogy. Never seen so many oafs making that much since then. .

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