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How do we report bullying by a member of the federal client team?

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Just be aware that the firm and the individual leadership have a huge impact on the results you see if your report something like this. When I was at BAH, I reported to my manager that a client had scheduled a closed-door meeting at 4 pm on a Friday and propositioned me, and he told me it was my fault for putting myself in that position. Now I’m at EY, and the partner recently told me that if the client ever is rude to me in a meeting like he was last week, I should let him know and he will makes clear that EY doesn’t tolerate mistreatment of its staff. Very different responses.

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A few years ago I had a similar experience to M1 but more recently i have not had that experience - we had a federal client who was routinely verbally abusive and leadership laughed when it was raised to their attention by my team lead. Hopefully it was just the 2 accounts that I experienced this with!

I was once told (by a male colleague one level higher than me that it was rude of me to roll my eyes in a meeting with clients after the client said something unspeakably rude to me and gestured in an extremely dismissive way (I was the only woman in the room and also the SME on the project). I figured out pretty quickly that on some teams, the client holds all the cards. Didn’t get pushed out, but I’m a lot more careful about what I say to and about clients now. Clearly we.are disposable.

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A good portion of federal work @BAH is staff augmentation, not true 'consulting'. Because of such, BAH leadership tells you what you want to hear but the dirty little secret is that the client is king. When you are staff aug'd, you offer little value outside of being another 'cog' in the wheel - you can simply be replaced. Translation: shut your mouth or find someplace else to go (internal or external). Not my words, the unspoken words of leadership.

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Thanks everyone. I’ve decided to roll off this project and onto another. #MentalHealthMatters

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If you do, you may risk getting laid off. Happened to me. Are you at HHS, perchance? Or FEMA?

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If you are supporting the JS, go see the IG. I am betting the person already has plenty there filled on them.

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Talk to your partner first

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