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Never been on the bench. Always been 90+% utilization rate. Can I just be on the bench so I can study for CPA 🤣😭

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Sure it’s called a lay-off

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Ask you may receive

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Omg seriously though. I just want to be unassigned for one week. That's it. I know people who get a few weeks here and there, and people who get a month off on occasion. I just want one week. Just one.

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Seriously! One day would be great too! I'm with you, I'm on one client year round. I never see anything else, I never get time off unless I request it/holidays. And sometimes I'm just sick of it. One of my coworkers just had a month of being unassigned and was able to knock out FAR. And then had the audacity to tell me it's not too bad, I can pass in a month too while studying+working full time. Like sure I possibly can, but it's definitely easier when you're studying full time. And I miss those stuff too. Also doing trainings at home isn't the same when you don't get the free food lol.

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is a 90% utilization rate high? 🤔🤔🤔

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How is utilization calculated?

Take a sabbatical if you can afford it and your firm offers. It never gets easier. Source: 3rd year senior who didn’t get promoted to manager currently on sabbatical studying for CPA

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Definitely thinking about it if all else fails

Staff in my group are at 114%+

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Staff in your group are about to be staff somewhere else 😂

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