In industry, do you feel like you have more time to get your work done vs. constant meetings?

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I think it really depends on your industry job.

The industry job I’m in right now is more hectic than when I was in consulting. I’m part of the strategy team that’s starting up a new digital venture within a legacy company.

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No I have way more meetings compared to when I was in consulting. I guess the difference is being key on multiple projects/initiatives vs *just* having a client and firm work. That said, my wlb is still better in industry.

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Depends on your role, the company/industry. I have worked with client team members who have busier calendars than consultants and then there are folks with a decent wlb.

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In industry now - I feel more in control of meetings on my calendar. Either reject or don’t show up to the useless ones. Nobody cares as long as you have a valid reason. Wasn’t like that in consulting - always became a show of strength

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When I was in industry, it was about 50/50. But my client is in meetings all day every day. To talk about what? Idk.

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I agree with others- it depends on the industry and role. When I was in industry (left this past fall), I had meetings nonstop from 8-6 and worked from 6-7am until 9-10pm most days. It was in Global Supply Chain / Merchandising for a Fortune 25 company and the job, culture, and environment was unmanageable. I have a much better WLB in Consulting (for now… fingers crossed).

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No

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I have way more control over when and what i want to attend. Heck, i even have focus time BLOCKS! wow wow! 😂

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100% you have way more time and people here put way more pressure and go at 3000% miles an hour. You see people online at 10-11pm in industry that almost will never happen

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I agree. I feel like in industry you have more useless meetings bit it's compensated by the fact that overall you have less work. In firms you get both the meetings and the 10-hours day.

I believe in less meetings and getting more work done..

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Depends on industry. Same role / level in industry or consulting = same amount of meetings. The only difference is who is leading the meeting

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Industry often has more meetings. Bigger teams with bigger scope (compared to a 4 person consulting team) and more stakeholders and less clear decisionmaking authority means more meetings. However the bar for work speed and quality is usually lower. So all the meeting time is less problematic. That reduction in work quality expectations yields time savings in part because you're not doing tons of rework for slides not looking pretty enough.

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If you are in industry and part of scrum team and have more meetings, then there is a problem with your scrum master or your leaders

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Went from 60+ hours a week at KPMG to 40 hours in industry

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SCRUM agile was supposed to help with all this, but from what I see it just adds a daily standup and a sprint demo on top of all the other meetings.

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People will never let the meetings go.

As a PM now, I’m in 4-6 hours of meetings almost every day….

Like most said here it very much depends on role and company/team culture. Don’t go into industry expecting to work less/be in fewer meetings. There are other perks, but these are not the droids you are looking for.

Meetings galore but I’m starting to force more prescriptive meetings and enforcing this could have been an email!
Also helps to block of times for focus time.

I went from being a people manager to an IC and have way, way less meetings. My WLB is more flexible, but I probably work the same amount. In consulting I had C’s and A’s build out all decks/do financial modeling, I do that work now. The pressure I would say is a bit less as I am no longer “the face” and have a boss who kind of oversees it, so it offsets. Work is way more interesting. But I may go back. Why work similar ish hours and get paid less than what I could be making lol.

Same or more meetings. Less pressure to do the work. And then just hire consultants to do it after 🤷

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