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if the new project requires you to commit for X amount of years with the client how can they enforce this? i’m sure it’ll be harder to switch projects, etc. but if you decide to leave the firm what can they do?

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They can’t do anything to prevent you from leaving the firm.

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Sure, they can’t “force” you in the sense of leg irons and bull whips. But if you sign a contract that includes financial penalties for breach, they can sue you and recover damages. I left BCG a while back and have a robust employment contract that includes fairly punitive clawbacks on incentive comp if I leave for certain reasons. It also includes 12 months salary and full benefits of I leave for other reasons.

I’d never commit to a project that makes me sign up for multiple years.

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The contract is between the firm and the client , not you individually. Your contract is with your firm. So unless your employment contract says something crazy, you can get out with 2 week notice ( or whatever notice period your firm has). SOW itself should have language to handle changing personnel and other scenarios

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All this means is that while you are at the firm and the contract with that client is active, they won’t move you to a different project. You can quit anytime.

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Depends what your contracts say. If you commit to something in writing, that agreement should spell out what happens in case of breach.

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