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How does a consultancy within a holding company maintain its bench, when it's constantly eating margin?

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It feels like since being acquired we are facing far greater bench pressure and cost cutting. I get it, but I don't. Accenture can maintain short bench periods because it's a juggernaut. But for smaller firms, I don't get how we can run a lean bench (close to 0) and succeed. Pressure only magnifies by your rank/seniority.

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It's based off a model where the key indicators are not all margin.

There is anticipated reduced utilization and reduced margin upon acquisition, not to mention attrition. The whole philosophy behind acquisitions is that investment in the short term will drive long term growth. That said, big firms are not always known to be great at this long term thinking. Ultimately it depends who is accountable to the acquisition/who made the investment. There should be benefit derived from joining a bigger firm to you, too - increased infrastructure and support in theory would mean you'd be able to focus more on what your job description is. I recommend practicing techniques we all preach: set boundaries for yourself, don't let others do it for you. Consider how available you let yourself become and don't let people boss you around just because they are busy.

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