Lol does work-life balance even exist in B4?

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I'm working today because the partner is reviewing tomorrow and we are delivering to the client on Monday. I've also worked every weekend since September. It's a combination of the workload and not enough people staffed on the project to do it.

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I feel for you! My engagement is under staffed as well

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Yes it exists. But no one is going to just hand it to you. You’re going to have to set your boundaries, learn to say “no”, learn to say it again when people push back, and be willing to not advance as fast as others who just work and work and work.

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Some people care. I didn’t come here to make judgments about career paths.

Partners do not work 24/7. They are available 24/7 but they do not actually work 24/7. There is a massive difference. A partner working massive hours either missed the memo about what a partner does or they are temporarily doing it to win business.

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No - next question

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Yes, it exists ~9 months per year if you’re on the right clients.

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BT1, I’m 80+ hours a week for 2 months; 55/week 1 month; and barely 40 the remaining 9.

On one of the largest clients at our (large) office and it’s year round. They keep the people they want all year so they don’t get poached to work on other clients, and there’s enough work to keep us utilized, but not much more.

I have friends who have easier busy seasons than me, but are crazy hours the rest of the year. I think I have it pretty good.

when you leave for industry

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My favorite answer so far

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Industry can have no balance too. It’s the same way, set boundaries. Once you “cave” and work your first weekend or 11pm day voluntarily, it becomes expected.

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This. WFH has also shifted norms around how to manage balance and some people are doing better than others at shifting with this.

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Been in PA for 6 years and finally left for industry. Finally found my work life balance. The grass is definitely greener.

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What is work life balance?

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Sadly, it’s not just the those companies that struggle with it.

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Yeah, just want others to know that it’s partly an industry issue now and not just the big 4, as a lot of those mid-sized firms try to mirror what your firm does. I was burnt out years ago and running on fumes last year. The team just didn’t do anything to make my situation better and just accepted the fact that I’d be moving on soon and they could begin training up the next person to try to fill my spot..

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If it existed we’d be talking about life and work balance. Notice how work comes first?

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Very good point!

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10/10 solid comment lmao absolute jokester

Yes. PwC 2 gave the details above.

Its not supposed to. Big4 is where you go to accelerate your career. If you want to speed up your career you have to give up your free time for a bit

Not always a wise move. I had this same mindset that there would be some big payoff. After 6 years I’ve received no benefit at the current company as they are plenty content letting me burn out. You are correct about it being able to help your career as it’s easy to get a better job elsewhere, but by that point you may have already dealt with serious burnout, motivation and potential mental health issues...

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