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Is it worth switching to a firm like West Monroe for the unlimited PTO? I'd the prestige/pay trade-off worth it?

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I joined West Monroe and then took pto - been on pto the last few years. Trying to really test the unlimited policy.

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With unlimited PTO, firms track employee PTO utilization very closely and those employees that fall at the end high-end of the PTO utilization curve wind up getting flagged and management will often talk with them about the concerning PTO utilization trend. Overall, unlimited PTO winds up decreasing total employee PTO utilization and saves the firm a significant amount of money because the firm does not need to pay out any PTO when employees leave.

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If you’re at a role where the biggest perk you see is PTO, maybe can rethink what you like most about the gig and see if something excites you more...

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Unlimited PTO is a cost saving scheme. You get unlimited but can’t get paid out vacation when you leave. So at PwC, you can stockpile your vacation before you quit and firm pays you out (on LIFO). Unlimited pto “perks” usually stipulate no payout. And really, do you think you can disappear for 6 months with no repercussions ?!?! Lol.

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Yup, unlimited PTO really means no accrued PTO and as much PTO as you can get approved...

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Honestly OP, the answer depends on your priorities and what you care about at this point in your career. I left a much larger, more prestigious consulting firm to come to WMP. Many of my coworkers have done the same; we have alums from most of the major firms. I came to WMP because I decided my priorities at this point were more focused on work/life balance and a relaxed atmosphere, while still doing cool and engaging work. The unlimited PTO was part of that. WMP has met every one of my expectations and exceeded most. Our reputation in the middle market is excellent. We’re growing like crazy. And the culture is fantastic. For all those talking about unlimited PTO being a cost saving thing and people taking less—sure, it is a cost saving thing for the firm, but that doesn’t really matter. They are extremely flexible with allowing us to take PTO. I’ve taken way more here than at any other company I’ve worked with, and have never heard anything negative. If your firm is actively encouraging you to take PTO, it’s a huge perk. So, again, it really just depends on your priorities at this point. If a great culture and flexibility/WLB is what you’re focused on, you should absolutely consider WMP.

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For sure! Feel free to DM

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don't know tons about West Monroe specifically, but it's my understanding that generally speaking under an unlimited pto arrangement, people end up taking less time and feeling less comfortable about the time they DO take.

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Never once have I felt uncomfortable asking for PTO or just taking it

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It’s a nice perk. I like that I don’t have to stress over a limited PTO budget. If you’d like to learn more feel free to DM me.

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My previous firm had unlimited PTO - and I took full advantage. I was able to take a two week vacation with my significant other, but also could take random Fridays off when we had weddings or other weekend trips we wanted/needed to take. Never felt bad about it, leadership really supported us taking the time whenever (as long as it wasn’t during a super critical time of a long project, or something), all they asked is that we had a coverage plan in place. When I switched, I dropped to 17 days off and am finding myself really crunches to budget because with the vacations/weddings/etc that I had planned I know I am at or over for the year already - which sucks

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Unlimited PTO is a joke...you end up taking less time off and there are no vacation days to get paid out for.

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Me too!

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Unlimited vacation is a way for companies to not pay people when they leave the firm.

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Pay isn’t up to par. Unlimited PTO wasn’t enough to sway me away from a better base salary.

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What was % increase to EY

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Well, if one decides to actively shy away from feeling bad about taking PTO, this sounds like a good gig

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If you leave the new firm, you get zero PTO payout. Why do you think companies are so jazzed about it?

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I definitley take advantage of the PTO policy, half days and full days and you never have to worry

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