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THE BEACH or THE BENCH?!?!? As consultants, can we define this term once and for all? Let this post stand as the eternal arbiter of the question for all generations to come.

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I would agree with others: short term between projects with no worry about utilization = beach, looking for next project and worried = bench. You go to the beach on purpose to relax. You get put on the bench when you’d rather be in the game. Just my take.

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"Put me in coach" is more realistic but I wish it was more like "log off, lime in, find your beach"

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This picture is literally showing that both options exist simultaneously.

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Clever girl.

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Beach: glass half full kind of firm Bench: glass half empty kind of firm I know which one I’m gonna choose 🏖

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Alternative decision tree I’d propose... Did you work so many hours on your last project your S.O. consistently threatened to veto your entire method of making a living? If yes: Beach If no: Bench

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Bench. But also beach implies it’s relaxing when it’s not. My WLB is worse when I’m on the bench because of proposals.

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There’s less separation of home and work on the bench is my issue

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I always assumed beach was the pun version of bench. Surely no one uses it literally?

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Also assumed it was a pun...using it unironically is almost dystopian

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Beach until I start to worry about being fired

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Each firm has a standard term. Accenture's is the bench

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MBB: Beach Audit firms: Bench

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No everyone knows the Beach is when you roll off a project and have another one line up immediately 1-2 weeks and can not worry. “Beach it” Bench is is when you roll off without a project waiting till someone pulls you off the “bench”. ( usually people who can’t get staffed for month plus)

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1-2 weeks unstaffed=beach, 3+=bench

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Difference is in whether your firm tracks/measures you against utilization. At Bain we don’t so I’m happy to be on the beach. At Deloitte you do so I’d be worried being on the bench too long.

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Went from 126% to 70% util for me. And now I can only stress about it’s impact down the road. Wanted to share that bc despite my best efforts (40 conversations and ~80ppl emailed) it will still come up at me ye

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Bench at EY

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We use beach. It started back in the day as a carry over term from the Navy. https://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/55/messages/242.html

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Depends what you are doing when you are not staffed. Completely unproductive and hiding, beach. Bench otherwise.

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P5, thanks for the eow chuckle 😂

We use beach 🏝

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the standard Deloitte term is bench, though we do like to say beach in an effort to cover our fear of not hitting our staffing goals

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s&o BA/Cs always say beach

Beach lifeeeeeeee

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This is dumb. Everyone knows what you mean no matter which term you use. And a thread on FB isn’t going to “settle” anything.

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^Prolly says "Unstaffed"

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Beach if you live on the coasts 🏄🏼‍♂️🏝

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