How do you defend yourself if you didn't meet a utilization target?

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Well, why didn’t you meet your utilization target?

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This is why utilization is a blunt instrument. There's no meaningful difference in a few percentage points, but if there's an outlier, it's a quick indication that invites scrutiny.

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Were you client billable but not given a code? Were you doing other sales work client related? How were you spending your time that was valuable?

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I mean, if you have a legitimate reason (being held on an engagement that started late, project unexpectedly ending early, etc.) then just tell them that.

One excuse that don’t necessarily work as well is “There weren’t any projects that met my skillset”. With demand being as high as it is at the moment, this one won’t resonate.

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Depends on why. In my case, typically: "well that'll be because something urgent came up and Very Important Bosses wanted me on that rather than what was good for the target" - but then, this is the very same reason I don't even get asked unless I get caught in some random global check.

"My Partner booked me to an unsigned engagement, so I was tracking my hours to an internal code."

You work at WTW, so the reason is probably at least partially because there wasn’t enough work

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Currently negotiating with Alvarez & Marsal, current Ds and SDs in PEPI, what has been your average total comp over past few years? Any “difficult” years so far when utilization or deal pipeline has been lower than expected?

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In light of all discussions on FB, it seems to me that individuals at our firm have been removed out of EY beyond PIP related issues.
To help the community brace itself, please provide facts on your Utilization, level, leads, YoE at EY, and network.
My experience seems that the ones let go, had weak network.

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Just had a SM call and ask to move over 2 weeks of billable work to a PRD code because the project is over budget. Just checked and this will put me just at 89% utilization for year end (cont.)

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Got offer from BCG for ECT. Read numerous comments about ECT being not attractive compared to Generalist track. Also heard challenges about billability/utilization. Any views/ guidance appreciated!
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Hadn’t noticed this sub before, and most of the threads are old so thought I’d ask a follow up - how has everyone been handling parenting with public accounting? I’ve got a toddler and my wife is an accountant (industry), and we only have a few immediate family in the country- but they have health concerns. Busy season was rough, things are looking better now as things return to normal. Still working crazy hours if you count the daycare duties on top of utilization targets.

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When you find out your peers are compensated more even though your rating and utilization is higher :(

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Aright guys. I'm genuinely freaking out. I've had 40% utilization as a new associate but am very close to my RP and have been utilized as of late. Continued

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