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Have a tentative job offer working at a mid-size company in their internal consulting office (so my clients would be other departments at that company). The salary is 50% higher & they actually (cont)

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Do it. I left D 9 months ago for pretty much exactly what you’re describing with the exact same list of cons. Totally worth it and I just got promoted so now I’m making even more and still work 40 hours max. I’ve lost 25 pounds, made a bunch of great new friends (outside of work bc now I have time for hobbies), improved my relationship with my SO and family (bc I’m actually here and am not stressed and exhausted all the time), and we’re expecting our first child (we never felt like the time was right when I was gone all the time). Worst case you are bored and hate it and then can boomerang back for a pay bump.

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A lot of us in consulting probably need to rethink what work means to us. I feel like in industry you work doesn’t define you, but in consulting it does. Maybe it’s okay to be bored or not have to work like crazy right? I’ve been thinking about this lately, but being bored at work is hard to swallow. Came from fed work where I was bored 50% of the time and not ready to go back to that in industry

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Sounds like an interesting offer. You can always go back to consulting later on

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have 35-40 hour work weeks. I’d be working with the COO often and with teams across the country. The cons: slower pace, potentially less interesting work and less variety, fewer vacation days, and significantly less maternity leave. What I need right now is a mental health break to get myself back after D sucked the life out of me, but I’m afraid of being bored. Money isn’t everything, but making more while working a lot less ... maybe I should just take the job as my mid-career mental health break ....

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I think that sounds reasonable. I’m sure you could return to Consulting as the function is still the same. It may also be beneficial for a possible return (come in higher level, higher salary, maybe even look at other consulting firms with better balance)

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I think it’s mature of you that you’re bringing some priority back into investing in other parts of your life. Seen many lose those parts of their life and be left with only the career.

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OP at 50% bump you can negotiate for more vacation, but considering 40 hour work week, do you really need more vacation?

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OP - Does D allow you to rotate into an internal role for a bit? We have a program that allows new parents to take an internal role before returning to the "road".

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Go for it, OP!

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I didn’t try to negotiate maternity leave bc I didn’t want to telegraph my plans. I will note that you will still get 6-8 weeks of short term disability in addition to the company’s leave which at least makes it manageable. I’ll get 12 weeks total pay at 100% which really isn’t too bad. Def try to negotiate vacation though. They may be more flexible with that. I tried to negotiate signing bonus and vacation. They gave me an extra $40k in signing but said no to vacation and I didn’t push it. Also this is definitely not the case everywhere but here they don’t even track vacation nor do you report when you take it so a lot of people end up using extra with no issue.

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D3 - I’m a 2nd year SC but have a masters and 8 years experience

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Same. Actually interviewing but afraid that industry won't offer the same variety.

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Thanks, D1! Were you able to negotiate the family leave? That’s one of my biggest hesitations. This new company has much less than D

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All really helpful thoughts. Thank you all!

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For those that have/took the offer. Would you share consulting level and new level and industry?

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The thought of getting an offer like after a promo next year is the only thing keeping me going. Congrats OP!

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Most people I have observed over the years who take these roles in internal consulting are pretty miserable after a short time. The ones who use them to transition to more of an operating role do okay, the others come back to real consulting which is fine too except for the lost career momentum. Certainly worth pursuing it you're trying to do a permanent move to industry, but if you enjoy being a Consultant, this isn't the way to do that. You'll find lots of politics and poor treatment in the land of "special projects" which is basically what those roles are.

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Sounds awesome!

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If work is not engaging enough, you can always find a passion project outside of work

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