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New to consulting. What is utilization exactly and how does it impact your development, path within firm etc? Give examples? Thank you :)

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It’s a % of your time that you spent billable to clients. The higher the % the greater chances of getting promoted, higher bonuses etc

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Generally anything that's not direct client work, though again that can vary from firm to firm.

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Utilization is simply how much time you're billing vs total billable time. For example, if your firm considers you billable for 2080 hours per year (40x52) and you billed 1900 hours, that means your utilization was 91%. In terms of how it impacts your career, that varies from firm to firm. Could be a complete non-issue, or could be a KPI, or anywhere in between.

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Someone on a thread earlier mentioned they had 40% utilization. How is that possible?

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