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New to consulting so asking a stupid question, but: is it frowned upon to leave the firm for an exit opp during a project? Does that burn a bridge?

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Frowned upon? Yeah.

Should you care? Probably not, especially if new to consulting

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It’s almost impossible to “time” your exit when your project ends. Especially if you’re on a huge project.

Just put your two weeks in, everyone will understand. The higher up the ladder you go though the more likely it will definitely burn a bridge. For example if you’re an engagement manager that dips mid project, and there’s no one on the bench with your skill set, then you’ll prob burn a bridge. But honestly, it’s not worth throwing away potential salary increase so you can appease leadership. Let them deal with it.

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This.

Outside of sheer luck, it’s very difficult to time it so that you leave in between projects...unless you’ve been unstaffed for a long time in which case you’re really just beating your own firm to the punch.

It might burn a bridge but is also expected. They may even try to give you more to stay for the sake of the project. In Canada it's harder but the states there are so many consulting firms who cares! Can also join a diff one

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What B1 said.

Also, people will most likely not hold a grudge if someone leaves mid-project, as long as they don’t obviously do anything to sabotage the engagement (e.g., spread lies at the client). If someone leaves with grace, most people will understand.

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I disagree with BCG1. If you wait to look when you’re not staffed, you’ll never leave.

Be courteous to your team and do your best to transition well. That’s all anyone can ask for

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Consultants typically don't wait until they finish a project to leave, if that's what you're asking

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I dont think so. Firm anticipates voluntary turnover. Good consultants are always staffed on a project, so it will be difficult to time an exit when you are not staffed. If you are one of those consultants who have a lot of time between projects, the firm would not be interested to keep you anyway.

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Might also want to check The MSA first. Sometimes there’s stipulations in there around client not allowed to hire anyone from the project team.

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Good point. It is standard for the MSA to forbid hiring a consultant during the engagement and for a year following.

However, I don’t believe OP’s question was focused on exiting to the client. Looks like OP was asking about exiting mid-project in general.

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