{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "how does your firm staff you on projects, and are there a lot of people on the bench at any given time? are people worried when they are on the bench?\n\njust want to know how it is for everyone else", "post_id": "5d68adccd23a310028772cdf", "reply_count": 12, "vote_count": 3, "bowl_id": "552d1d24dc1c586b09d2d051", "bowl_name": "Consulting" }

how does your firm staff you on projects, and are there a lot of people on the bench at any given time? are people worried when they are on the bench? just want to know how it is for everyone else

likehelpful
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at

We pretty much never have a bench due to fractional staffing (staffed on multiple projects starting from entry level), sometimes I wish we had...

like

@C1, I think this is designed specifically to avoid bench time. There are definitely projects that are very fast paced and require tons of effort - so you do get occasional periods where you are staffed on 1 project only. Another reason is that 50% of our company is based in India so most analytics that takes a lot of time is not done onshore (which is a pity) - hence you can have onshore consultants focus on other things like communication, problem-solvong, etc. and this enables us to spread ourselves a bit thinner. As a C I can have 2-5 projects at the same time that would require various amounts of time from me (from 20 hours to just 5 a week)

helpful

We have staffers. Bench (beach 🌴) time is usually where one can take a breath. I start to get nervous after 3 weeks (happens very rarely). At my level (SC) there is an utilization threshold. If you go below that people start to ask questions.

big 4, MBB, what about you guys?

We have staffers aligned to specific practices. Their job is to minimize benchtime but most of the time however they don't have your best interest in mind (skillset, career goals etc.). The "correct" way to get onto good projects is through networking, though that can be hard for new hires.

Related Posts

6 weeks on the bench (L9), most of which due to a project start date getting delayed. Possibility of this delay spilling past the holidays at this point. How worried should I be?

like

Accenture bench is deeeeep. Especially strategy.

like

On the bench for the third week, reached out to demand, my coach, RP and my network etc. Decided to catch up on some workout and laundry today. Shall I feel guilty?

like

Already on the bench for 7 weeks and nothing on radar until Jan end .... when does the talent or HR meeting invite come?

like

Looking at getting into consulting and am wondering what time in-between projects looks like at Slalom. What is the average length of time on the bench and what kind of work is getting done during?

like

On the bench, suggestions for where to travel?

like

I was laid off from a resource management role, working with employees approaching or on the bench, working with managers to staff projects, and support functions like report creation, scheduling, etc. Roles like this are few and many large consulting firms have frozen internal hiring. Do you think it would be beneficial to get a SHRM cert? Would that help get a "talent related" HR role? Worth the money? I have a background in recruitment as well.

like

What happens if you’re extended past your promised roll off date and you have vacation/flights booked based on the roll off date? Am I allowed to ask to be reimbursed for those flights?

like

Me giving advice to my friends on projects, while I’m still stuck on the bench

Post Photo
likefunny

Anyone on the bench down to go to the Shedd Aquarium this week ? It’s free 😁

like

What’s the best way to make a roll off plan? Any components to include other than proposed timeline and resources taking your responsibilities? Planning to switch groups.

like

2 month entry level hire on the bench, is it too early to ask manager to work from home on Fridays? I have no real need to be in the office

like

Would you consider working as a contractor while on the bench with your current firm? 🤔 Unethical? Too risky?

like

When all your associates have rolled off and you have to address the review comments left by yourself... 😳

like

Should I just bench Tyler Lockett till Russell Wilson is back? Definitely messed up my fantasy team last week

like

Are you seeing more beach time recently at your firm?

like

Moms with a car with 3 rows - do you have a bench or captain chairs in the second row, and why did you make that choice? Looks for pros and cons and seeing a little of both for each option.

like

Doing some dead boring shit. But working with a great senior manager who promises to pull me up if I stick. But counsellor advises to roll off and find something aligned to me. Opinion? I'm jus staff1

like

F, just got rolled off & having a hard time feeling like it’s not bc I challenged M Mgr. Have seen him disrespect F Mgr in front of the team and make her visibly upset. Feels sexist. First proj @ D. ☹️

like

On the bench and all these lay-off talks doesn’t make my anxieties better

like

Additional Posts

Confession - I don't want to go back to office. I'm happy working from home and find no solid reason in stepping back. I hope the flexi work culture allows permanent WFH - I don't have a "good enough" reason, but I don't want to go (isn't this good enough?) It's been 1.5 years now, too comfortable to step out from my PJs to jeans.

like

Heading in to offer negotiations for Amazon Web Services Technical Account Manager (remote) with 8 YOE. What should I expect? I checked Levels, looking to calibrate myself against that.

like

At an M7 MBA. What are the chances of breaking into buy-side without any previous Finance background? Is that even possible?

like

Hi. Recently have got an offer from CGI. I have heard a lot of good things about this organisation. I am dropping my joining to one of the Big 4 to join here. Is it worth it? Please comment folks.

like

Dear TCSers... I got a call from a TCS er.. last week and he interviewed me saying he received my CV from an external source. He shared his tcs email id, asked me to make minor modifications in the CV and then there will be a client interview. He said he will get back to me. I reached out to him 2 days later and he informed they were evaluating my eligibility with TCS. It has been 4 days since that and I have not heard from them. What does this actually mean?

like

What are the zoom happy hours for work like? I have one today that I don’t want to attend but feel like I have to

Asking for a Fordham Media Studies graduate! What are the best ways of getting into the industry now? It's incredibly hard for graduates because of Covid.

Tsla ATH baby. Day for celebration. 🎉

likeuplifting

No longer allowed to fly commercial. Spent $190,000 on AA this year, client requests I use corporate jet going forward

like

I set up an account while I was studying for a certification and now for some reason I can’t figure out how to “turn off” or stop. I feel silly asking but can someone help?

Post Photo
like

Anyone hiring a Junior Copywriter? Or Communications Specialist? Open to remote, LA, OC, Seattle, and Portland!

likehelpful

Hey! Recently received an offer and am trying to gauge what reasonable refresher levels can be. I know it’s highly variable, but what seems reasonable relative to base salary or initial grant?

like

Hello fellow fishes, I am looking for a referral in Deloitte. Please let me know if anyone can help. Thanks!

like

Anyone work in PwC's Talent Consulting? Looking to get an idea of what it's like.

like

Hi! I have 200k cash, 600k worth of stocks, 401k and husband works full time. I would like to start investing on rental properties with cash flow so I can quit my 9-5 job and spend more time with my 2 small kids. Which areas are great for cash flow and landlord friendly and any tips or things to watch out on investing in real estate?

like

My client is dead-set on cutting salaries and putting everyone in his company on PIPs, and wants us to come up with processes so that people don’t just quit. Lord help me.

likefunny

Was interviewing and asking about opportunities to work on new biz pitches but accidentally swapped the first letters and said new piz b*tches.......

likefunny

What is the value prop of an MBA? I want one mainly for the school’s branding, but it’s hard to justify that at a ~500k opportunity cost.

like

I am working at Deloitte as a Data Analyst, YOE: 2.4 Should I join Accenture Applied intelligence /KPMG Global Services/ Ugam Solutions Offered salary : ACN 12.5 fixed KPMG : 12 fixed Ugam : 14 fixed

like

Does delta rollover MQD as well?

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

Get realtime notifications and see
what's happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal