{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "Start-up I had final rounds with said I was a great fit, but didn’t hire me for the role. Now they’re asking me to come on for a 3-6 month consulting role with potential to come on full time. This requires me to leave McK, where I am BA working on transition to EM. I really wanted to work for this start-up and don’t want to be a partner, but hate leaving McK for non-guaranteed outcome. Thoughts on what to do?", "post_id": "613fbf967b3c9e0030f86925", "reply_count": 35, "vote_count": 5, "bowl_id": "5ae4a4f739e7cb001391ec8b", "bowl_name": "Consulting Exit Opportunities" }

Start-up I had final rounds with said I was a great fit, but didn’t hire me for the role. Now they’re asking me to come on for a 3-6 month consulting role with potential to come on full time. This requires me to leave McK, where I am BA working on transition to EM. I really wanted to work for this start-up and don’t want to be a partner, but hate leaving McK for non-guaranteed outcome. Thoughts on what to do?

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This sounds like a thing where they aren't sure if you will provide value (giving themselves an out after 3-6 months) and/or they don't know if they can justify your expenses to their operations. Would you be able to provide tangible and quantifiable results to justify your continued employment? If I were you, I would stay with McK.

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I don’t disagree with those saying to stay at McK, but I left consulting in December to go to a late stage startup. We continue to be in such hyper-growth mode that we will sometimes bring people on as contractors and then convert them because the hiring process for FTE takes too long. Given you went through the interview rounds, it may need be the same situation where you interviewed.

All this would do is create a situation where the employer has all of the negotiating leverage. After the ‘contractor period’ OP would be forced to take their offer (if they make an offer) or be out on the job market without a check. In this circumstance they’ll offer table scraps, lousy comp, no equity. I’d never sign up for this.

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Don’t leave and keep the startup on your radar

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100% stay at mck.

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If anyone offered me that, I would put them on my blacklist immediately. If a company won’t have my best interests in mind when they are wooing me to join, what will they be like when you are yet another at-will employee?

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That’s a hard no… with your credentials you’ll find a permanent exit without the 3-6 month ‘trial’ BS

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Don’t leave McK. what if they bait and switch and don’t need you for more than 3 months!

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Ask for clear success criteria, as in what would have to happen for it to turn into a perm role. Otherwise it’s just a shot in the dark and you take way too much risk

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Being hired doesn’t guarantee anything either. US employees are employee at will. Can be hired and fired after 3 months too.

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Don’t do it. The startup market is so hot you really don’t need to do that

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I truly wonder what goes through leadership’s and hr’s minds when making an offer as stupid as this.

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Say no

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Stay in McK. Get designated. Exit for a better opportunity

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100% don’t leave until you are an EM

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Don’t do it

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Chances are they don’t have budget to hire you for long term.

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Hell no

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If you’re interested, see if mck will let you do an LOA or treat this as a secondment. Then have the startup fix the time frame. If they want to be uncommitted you should approach with the same mind. Then, at the end of 6 months you’ll still have the power as you still have mck to go back to. If the start up still wants you, now they’ll have to sell you (which will likely come with a bigger offer), and worst case is you got a new experience and go back to consulting without having to risk your career

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Ask them what will change in 3 months, if they want to try you out, ensure culture fit .etc see if you can achieve that by any other way like moonlighting, small project work .etc

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Stay at McK. If the startup wants you, they will find a way to commit to you via a standard full time offer. And start getting mentally prepared to part ways. When you become EM, your price tag will increase dramatically, but your value add to the startup will not, which may price you out

If you’re a BA, didn’t you get an offer to return? It’d be a hassle to leave and come back in a couple months, but in theory it’s doable without having to re-interview.

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