Utilization around 40% for first year consultant. What to expect?

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M1 Wow totally inappropriate. Everybody knows we got rid of that years ago. It’s death by tide pod now (gotta stay hip for the younger workforce!)

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Resume update coaching

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Death firing squads were replaced by team leads with no technical capacity at all but who are really great at being social. Just as effective.

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P1... FYI, not all first years are given a free pass on utilization for the year. I’ve seen the lack of free passes firsthand. But, to your other point, a strong network (and, generally speaking, appearing professional and competent, showing potential, and being able to tell a story that shows utilization may have been out of your control this particular year) may help you earns free pass. They will absolutely use it as a reason to get rid of folks they feel aren’t showing their potential or were “bad hires” (not implying OP is either of those things).

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Nothing. Consultants get a free pass on utilization their first year. Make sure you're networking your ass off so it won't ever happen again.

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Paddle spanking? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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A large part of this also depends on how your line of business did this year. A bad personal year makes a little more sense in the context of an overall bad one for the area/firm

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You'll probably get a 4 but not fired. You'll be put on a PIP for util

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Are you a new hire? That’s pretty low

What have you been doing all year?

OP's probably waiting on outside forces to confirm he's not a Russian spy.

Did utilization go up as the year progressed...or did it go down? If up, then you should be OK. If down, however...

4. You dont get a free pass. The firm needs a reason to put some people in four grouping

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