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SM is pressuring me to reduce travel expenses due to a fee sensitive client. All my expenses are in policy. Should I have to suffer if the client can’t afford me?

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This makes no sense to me? Do you have to travel? If you do then the expenses are the expenses -- plain and simple. If you can forego a trip or two, that is fine. But seriously by how much could you reduce your travel expenses? By tens of dollars? A good SM won't take that from a client and say that we understand your cost concerns, let me make a small adjustment to our fees (well, not really... reduce one thing, increase another...) or maybe this is the way the client is questioning who is adding value?

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Also- I would follow SM guidelines. If he is staying at a shitty hotel, then you stay at shitty hotel. If he is not, then you do not

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1800 is a cheap week for me

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Travel and continue in policy. It’s up to the SM to either renegotiate or eat the costs, or find a local resource and reduce travel costs

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No. I would point that you are in policy. Maybe it is in reference to hotel or food expenses? You can stay at cheaper hotels if that is the case (it’s shitty to not get points). Or don’t have a steak dinner in policy and get something quick. That is extreme case, I would still point to being in policy first

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No, stay in policy, if the senior manager and partner cannot have the difficult discussion with the client that they need to bill fees that is their problem not yours.

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Reduce expenses how? Cheaper hotel? Per diem instead of actuals? I'd be pissed about the cheaper hotel bit and probably wouldn't do it. I think a Marriott City Center / equivalent is about my minimum at this point. I'm not staying in some shit hole Springhill / Fairfield etc.

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Agreed that 1800 per week is within reason.

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Go to your counselor and respond to the Snr manager that you would like to take your expenses to the eng partner or the OMP.

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Yes. It’s literally your job.

Yes I have to travel (cross country). And he is local. He is a control freak. Can he give me a bad review if I don’t comply? How should I respond back to him?

List out your weekly expenses and ask how to compromise

I do he said I need to aim for 1500/week and I’m currently at 1800/week. Seems like such a small amount to shave off consistently.

Traveling cross country with air and hotel adds up, and $1800 seems reasonable to me. If you are within policy, I don't see the problem. Does he expect you not to eat?

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