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How hard can your firm really push you to go to a far-away project location that you don’t want to travel to? Any experiences and workaround ideas welcome 🙂

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Not much room for negotiation to be honest. I’d say know and throughly question all opportunities that are pushed on you. Will it be 4 months or 1.5 years or none-stop travel

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Listen you can always vote with your feet.

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Not at all. Just saying that if your firm doesn’t take care of you, we’d love to help you out 😬

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at my firm, I've routinely said no to long haul projects and have never felt pressured. surprised by these answers about getting let go over this.

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How far are we talking? If it’s a reasonable weekly travel <5 hr flight, than I would say very little. If we’re talking overseas or M-F travel, that’s a different story and you could have a very valid case for it not fitting your personal life needs

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Agreed. I only push back on longterm cross country travel. I can do it for a few months as a stretch, but I definitely can’t perform at my best and my personal life goes to crap. Not worth it and leadership has always understood that

If you work at PwC they can push you all the way to cutting you free if you don’t.

Most places will work with you to find a solution. Here in SAP at PwC we’re spread so thin you don’t get the luxury.

Just like the Salesforce practice..

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Depends on the firm. At my last firm, I knew a Senior Manager who refused to go on a project that for him was a little over a 2 hour commute each way (just far enough to be absolutely hellish and miserable but close enough for no overnight stay). He stayed on the bench, didn't get picked up, and got fired after spending another 3 months on the bench (he had already been on the bench for over a month).

If it were a good client they would have paid for him to stay in a hotel imo

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They can push as hard as they want - depends on how big of a jerk your manager is. I have seen a manager get fired over this when three key resources walked out because he was pushing them to go to Saudi Arabia and they didn’t want to

Everyone saying you can hey fired is crazy. Get a Dr to say you cannot fly over 3.5 hours one way every week due to anxiety or health issues. Just tell the partner your Dr will not allow this travel

You may not be fired for this specifically. However there will be other reasons that will mysteriously pop up. seems like if they are adamant to get you working on projects it’s possible. People are replaceable at work.

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and move on. If they try to fire you for not traveling you have a case to sue.

Completely wrong. They won't fire you for not traveling they'll fire you for being unstaffable. Any employment lawyer will laugh at you.

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Option 1 is a cop out D1. At PwC you’d get unofficially blackballed for pulling a stunt like that.
Option 2 is 100% wrong. At will employment and knowing what you got into would sink a lawsuit quicker than you could blink.
Bad advice.

Thanks for replies. We are talking over 16 hours of flight time with at least one stop....

Each way?

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