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Is it true at MBB you are allowed to book first class for all flights >90 minutes?

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(1) The market doesn’t value a consultant at their hourly bill rate. First, at MBB you bill fixed hours, not actuales. Second, this ignora all overhead and burden — everything from the cost of your laptop to HR services to firm office space, etc. Third, MBB do not sell standalone time for a consultant — no company would pay you for that rate if not for partner expertise/relationships/etc. (2) Even if this was the actual market rate for your time, which point (1) establishes it is not, you completely neglect the concept of “marginal”, both in the cost side (which you mention), but more importantly in the productivity side. If you couldn’t work on the flight, wouldn’t you still do the analysis and just sleep a bit less? I’m all for the expense policy. However, saying your bill rate justifies it is more like arrogance and less like a logical argument. Full disclosure: the small firm I work for has higher bill rates than BCG and similar expense policies. We do it because we want our people to have a good lifestyle and feel premium. Thank you for reading!

1) You’re right of course, but even taking the broadest range of adjustments for those factors doesn’t change the main point. 15, 90 minutes, tomato, tomahto. Don’t get lost in the weeds. 2) Disagree There are limits to how much less one can sleep. Many of us are near it. And quality suffers well before the limit is reached. So no, my associate can’t just not work on the plane and sleep less to do it later without detriment to work product and, more importantly, their health and sustainability.

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Yes, here at least

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To me it’s the single greatest retention and productivity tool that BCG has. Can’t say how many people thank this policy for the reason it makes their job easier #blessed

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Fuck me, travelling every week NY-LA in coach. Impossible to get upgraded.

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Deloitte is no for all flights. Just wanted to share. Thank you

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Yup. #blessed

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It’s only BCG. McK and Bain is 4 hrs+ I believe

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Fully agree. #textingfromfirstLGAtoORDjustnow

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@PWC I feel you, I’m United 1K and never get upgraded on my route either 😐

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@bcg i thought it was supposed to be 3 hrs plus?! This is new?!

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4+ here

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D1, we fly business for international

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Mostly about productivity and privacy. The difference is usually about 15 minutes of an Associates time. And most of us work the whole flight. Hard to be productive and confidential in economy

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We now know why those of us with airline status at Deloitte, Accenture, PWC, EY and MCK aren’t getting complimentary upgrades... the folks at BCG are simply buying all the seats!!!

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^ Axe to grind?

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Biz class isn’t first class. Can you book biz class for Deloitte ever ?

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SM1 you are weird. People must love working with/for you!

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Not at McK 4+ hours

Biz class, to be clear. There isn't really first domestically and we definitely can't book first internationally

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