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Fellow consultants, I’m struggling and I know complaining about this will only make me look weak but I need to vent. I’ve been working upwards of 60 hours a week since January and I’m tired. If I was doing meaningful work, it would be one thing but most of my days are spent supporting my client with fire drills that end up not mattering. He’s very reactionary and trying to guide him to hold off or think of other approaches doesn’t work. (Cont).

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Damn dude. You aren't weak, you just aren't a robot! Sorry your project sucks, good luck with the job hunt. I have no words of wisdom unfortunately

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He demands we do what he wants. He and the partner have a long history so when escalated, the partner says he’s like this sometimes but we get more biz by being his rocks. It’s hard to take this. I’m constantly tired. My health has taken a huge hit and when I share this with the partner, he says it will all be worth it when I make SM. I don’t even think I want SM anymore. I don’t even want to be at this firm anymore. I can’t roll off bc the partner is so influential so I’m going to start job searching. This project is multi-year and I can do these hours and be under this level of anxiety anymore. I don’t see my family. I eat dinner at 11pm. I’m on calls starting at 7:30am. I’m expected to turn deliverables overnight and the bench is so thin and our margin is so tight, I can’t bring on help. I’m slowly dying.

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Realizing I didn't even want my next promotion was a key unlock for me. Two months later, I've got a new job. Get out.

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You aren’t weak. Working with reactionary leaders is hell. Requests change constantly and usually there’s very little added value / thinking behind the request. When you don’t have upper leadership support to push back effectively it really really sucks

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Use your skills to network and another job. If you are able to handle all of this you are definitely not weak. Choose yourself and get out.

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Thank you. That’s what I have to do. This isn’t healthy and I can’t keep going like this.

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Deloitte?

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Thanks KPMG but I think I’m gonna look at industry for now. I’m pretty scalded after this experience and another earlier in the year that was similar but not as bad. It’s just how Deloitte works, especially in certain offerings.

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I’m in the same boat. We’re misery buddies!

Take care of yourself. You'll get through it boss.

Following. My client reacts to every little thing and everything is an emergency. I think you need to set expectations with your partner or pull them into things so they realize how toxic your client is and ultimately let them hash it out. The only other option is to be blunt with your client and hope it goes better than expected. If you already have 1 foot out the door, these conversations can only help you.

I’ve had so many convos with the partner, I am afraid if I do it anymore, I’ll be labeled. Don’t get me wrong, the convos have not been whine fests, I’ve shared concerns about adding value and wanting to help my client be a strong leader by reducing the fire drills. I’ve told him it’s unproductive and does not support the SOW and is causing us to eat hours. He assures me it’s going to work out and be worth it. I can’t fathom how.

No we have no budget. I’m already ghosting 20+ hours a week. Fixed fee ugh

Is there anyone else in the company you could reach out to that could advocate for having you reassigned rather than losing someone who obviously is a big contributor?

No, they’re just bridges that it isn’t wise to burn if I want to stay on the good list

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