Opinion post: seriously dating a member of your clients company (I'm a low level analyst with absolutely no authority on the project). Is this a conflict of interest or is it slightly acceptable?

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Why don't you two just not make it seem that you are together during working hours. If not like your banging her in the office. Keep it professional on the client site, and sexual offsite

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I'm asking because I've heard different things from different people. Obviously don't want to compromise my position on the project or within the firm. However, if it's not as big of a deal as some people think, then it'll put a significantly smaller amount of stress on our relationship.

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@PWC2 thank you!!

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More context is needed. If it's a large company, and your SO is outside of your client's project team and the engagement scope, that's one thing. However, remember that, generally speaking, we also have to avoid the appearance/perception of any conflict of interest. You need to clarify with your compliance people.

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Your project partner needs to know. Decision depends on your specific engagement.

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Yea I've heard different things on whether or not it's acceptable, so I would just keep it very low key

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Real talk, keep it to yourself!

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It probably does make it less of a conflict, but just let your engagement manager or director know so you're covered. Let them know that you'd like to have it kept under wraps if possible. This way, you're covering your ass and the onus is on them. They'll likely raise it to the partner and you'll probably just be veered away from working directly with the client in question

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We're on the same project (rather large, 250+ people), but don't work in the same location. So we rarely see each other within work hours.. not sure if that helps

Is the person you're dating an employee at the company and not a direct client contact? If so, no biggie. If otherwise, disclose the information to your director and they'll know how to handle it

@PWC2 he works on the same project as me, but we were placed in different locations for the project (other side of the country) so we don't really interact during work hours. Neither of us have any authority either, so we have no influence within the project. I think that makes it slightly less of a conflict?

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