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Weekly hours you work at MBB as a....
1) BA, AC or Associate
2) Associate, Consultant
3) EM, PL
4) AP, Principal
5) Partner

Please drop data points below: ([Position], [hours])

EM, 80

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A lot of skepticism in this thread from people that don’t work at MBB. Here are facts

- avg consultant hours are 60-65
- I work more as a project leader
- these average numbers do not include beach time and are for normal, ongoing projects
- yes we work on planes. Yes we work into the night. And yes some people average 70-80 to get the overall average up to 60-65

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D6, Apparently, not you.

As Analyst/Associate routinely pulled legitimate all nighters (showered at gym and maybe got 30 min nap in car). Not hard to work 80 hrs when working 44 in 2 days.

Moved to other company around Manager and mainly stayed up until 2-3am every night with occasional all-nighter. Routinely got calls on weekend and did weekend work.

At company I helped start for work/life balance. Start work at 7:30, break between 5:30-8pm for family time and usually back at work from 8:30-2am. Occasional weekend mtgs but try to shut it down otherwise.

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I’m happy with my life so hard to say it was wasted. Def easier ways to get where I am. God didn’t make me smart, good looking or connected so I made up for it with effort. No drugs and rarely energy drinks. Lots of caffeine.

Anybody asking what you do with the extra hours doesn’t get it. There’s always ways to make projects/clients/yourself better. There were plenty of times I felt it was a waste. There were more times I felt guilty about how much the client was paying which drive me to deliver more.

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Consultant
Before quarantine: 50 - 60
After quarantine: 70 - 80

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Yeah why did hours become longer post quarantine?

You’re saying that you AVERAGE 80 hours a week? That’s working 11.5 hours a day every day including weekends.

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I’m pretty sure when people are saying they worked from 8am to 1am that of course assumes many moment of low productivity, breaks, probably working meals. I think the better way to describe this experience is that while you cannot possibly work 100% for that period, work totally consumes and dictates everything you do for those hours. Anyway, for me at least, these projects were relatively few and far in between but did happen. And my productivity was unsurprisingly terrible during these projects. I think these 80+ hr projects tend to be a byproduct of weak management and scoping.

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Lol, your hourly wage is pretty bad, all things considered

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Nobody is optimizing for hourly wage. If so, we would immediately transition to industry and make similar $ over 40-50 hr weeks

Trying to stay on the ride as long as possible to lock in the higher annual comp

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Does this 80 hour week also includes the 1-2 hours daily you all spend here on FB?

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PL here.

60-65 is a great to good week.
70-75 is a tough week and more than 2 of those in a month will make me grumpy.
More than 75 is bad and I will prioritize and actively solve whatever is causing it (assuming it isn’t a one off, but then it almost never is).

Naturally a different pace for DDs.

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Well, I’m glad to be working 40-50 while making a little less than MBB

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Pre-covid average was 50-60, so far from being chained to computer 24/7

BA - 55 Hours before quarantine
BA - 75 Hours during quarantinr

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A 14 hour day is not being “around” your computer 8 am to 10 pm.
If take an hour break from 11am-12pm, and another 2 break from 6-8 pm, that’s an 11 hour day. Multiple that by 7 days, that’s a 21 hour over-estimation.

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Thanks B4, that’s super helpful feedback. Particularly the objective nature of “you need to increase your efficiency” really resonates with me... For all you know, team could be full of top-performers or the opposite - I know this will be a surprise but hours don’t perfectly correlate w efficiency

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I worked an average of 70 a week at an mbb. Left as a partner, now as an MD at AlixPartners it’s more like 50. A ton less focus on optics and bs here, I’m actually selling a more work on average.

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A lot more at AlixPartners for me. But all mbb have different partner compensation model so ymmv

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So much of this is project-specific but as ranges for my own case work (excluding pro bono, IP, or beach time), from M through F:

1) AC1/2: 55-70; SAC: 50-60
2) Consultant: 55-65

I haven’t traveled in my years here though, so this does NOT include any travel hours!

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BA, US
Most projects ~65. Recent one was *consistently* 75 every single week for 8 weeks, M-F. Was mildly sick the entire time because my body never had the energy to recover, it was awful.

I refuse to touch work between 6p Friday (and usually starting earlier) and 7a Monday.

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Consultant, 70-80

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Consultant; 70 hours M-F

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70 is above average. 55-60 is the average

Director, 10 hours M-F
Weekends are rough.

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Associate, 55-60hrs/week

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Associate,~60 hrs/wk

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Consultant: 50-60

Anecdotally, I think a lot of people are inefficient and inflate hours as well. Even a busy DD will be like 65 at the high end. Weekend work is extremely rare outside of some light Sunday night email maintenance.

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I don’t understand the people say that people are inefficient or inflate hours. What data do you have that you can say that? Have you been on a true burner of a case? I feel like this is highly dependent on what circle you run in...

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Damn I work 10 hours a week

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Associate, 60-70 hrs/week, with some spikes to 80.

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