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Was looking on vault.com rankings and for work life balance MBB was 10, 13, and 15 with big 4 to be found nowhere in the top 25. I always thought mbb worked worse hours than us big 4 guys?

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Vault is not gospel

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Of course it is. How dare you

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Agreed, Vault is terrible. A handful of opinions on here is far more accurate than a standardized poll of our peers.

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It’s not only about hours. It’s also about internal flex programs, predictability, etc. I prefer working more hours but with better predictability (e.g. knowing I’ll be off Thursday at 19:00) rather than the reverse

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It’s work/life balance. Yes, we work harder than Big 4, but our lives our also better, hence the higher rating 😜

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Lol Vault

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What’s the 80% ?

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Working 4/5ths (e.g. not working on Friday)

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That’s crazy. I always thought mbb was unforgivingly tough on your personal life like ib which doesnt sounds like the case

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^its tough in the sense that a bad DD/strategy project can be extremely demanding. And during that study you might work many hours/even on the weekends sometimes. But zooming out and looking at the overall picture, MBB makes a huge commitment to finding ways to balance work with your personal life. Not every case has to be crazy for your personal life- the firm would rather it not so that it’s sustainable and you don’t burn out and leave

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OP How are they having you working at 7:30? 🤨Never been asked to come in earlier than 9am.

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Yes MBB is worse but that's expected. Some people (especially tech) at Big 4 expect 40h weeks, like a normal software developer job.

Vault is such a joke, and yet it’s a main source of information for college students

SM1, I see what you did there 😆

I hate you all! On a serious note, what is an average week for mbb? Bcg1 what kind of flex programs?

I work average of 60h a week (Europe based 3.5 years of experience). Flex programs: Leave of Absence (1-2 months is pretty common here ), 80% (mostly as of manager or principal), MBA sponsorships, secondment, etc.

I also get to flex a lot during the week (if not traveling). So I can start at 11am Weds if I want and no one cares.

Flex programs and knowing your schedule ahead of time are huge! I work ~55 hours a week, so the total hours aren’t too bad, and anything above 60 consistently would be known around the office as a tough case

What’s the longest you all have heard of someone being on the bench for considering the projects are much shorter like 6-8 weeks. <—- is that right?

At least at Bain, 80% and 60% are common allocations for managers and above after their maternity/paternity leave to make balancing easier - pay is proportionate, ie. you can indefinitely take 80% pay for 80% hours

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