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What do you value most? Prestige? Pay? Something else like work life balance?

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Probably work life balance and pay, in that order. Prestige not so much. I have plenty of friends in different consulting firms and I’ve noticed that the most stressed and overworked are the McKinsey ones. Countless times one of my best friends has missed friday night plans bc of work and once had to leave a weekend outing bc their manager texted them. At Accenture I’ve never experienced the intensity and pressure that my friends describe, plus the projects are just as cool if not more interesting. I’m aware that these friends get paid more (for now at the analyst level I’m at 79.5k and they’re at 90k) but I also know from previous work experience that terrible hours and stress just sunk me into a bad depression that ended when I quit. For me it’s just not worth it to go back to that dark place and I don’t have a reason to, since I’m happy in Accenture.

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It’s a formula not a race with winners and ranks
As mentioned above someone take less pay for a better worklife balance for more meaningful work and those who are doing mundane repetitive work will take more money to compensate for that mediocrity. Some folks like McKenzie mentioned are there to get maximum dollars at any cost for a short time and then leverage that into a better situation Prestige/fame no thanks most of the trade that for influence and power
And not the dominating type power instead the power to be able to make decisions, have the resources and Pull to make it actually happened. I think the real dilemma is when all of these things are just pretty good having courage to put that at risk to try to raise the whole bar formula up a notch Across-the-board

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If I get paid a lot and my name is never widely known, I'd be quite content

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Purposeful work.

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How about purposeful work plus reduction of current pay by 30%

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My good looks

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I also value you for your looks

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As a young professional, I value pay the most and know as I get older that will change most likely.

When I was in college I valued prestige a lot because I equated it with money. Once I got to the real world I realized prestige is not necessary and you can get paid without it.

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Being able to add value and be recognized for that value.

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Money and work life balance. I'm here for a good time not a long time

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Thanks for the info :). looking at switching my current firm that doesn’t care about wlb at all

Definitely pay. I have friends that have never even heard of McKinsey, let alone understand it’s prestige. Everyone understands money

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Was moreso making the argument that prestige is extremely subjective but sure, I have no shame in that

Pay. Only making 72k as an analyst😩

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You sound like Francis Underwood on House of Cards

Pay is most important up to a certain threshold. After that it’s WLB. After that it’s purposeful/interesting work. After that prestige

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C.R.E.A.M

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Respect

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Wow...this thread. You know what privilege is? Having a choice between the three.

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Fully loaded wages. This considers the balance of compensation and WLB; no use working twice as hard for 30% more money.

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Good booze

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My ex cheated on me. Truly was the best thing to ever happen to me.

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Passion. Being able to design and build novel solutions is a game to me. I lean heavy on the tech side, and there are limitless resources online to build cool shit. I could design, code, and implement small scale systems for days.
Traditional SWE roles leave you stuck on long projects, with less room for creativity, and in a culture I don’t really fit in.
A client facing consulting role gives me the flexibility to build whatever I think is best for the client, and the satisfaction of delivering an end to end solution.
So far the money has followed. Not a lot of work life balance, but hey, do what you love right?

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Fk yeah my dude, same.

Meaningful work with a big asterisk.
I derive meaning from helping people (GPS) and I can't claim to be doing that well if I'm not making a big impact. And I need power/resources to make a big impact.
How power is allocated often depends on the prestige of your profession and money gives you the freedom to do what you want without fear. Think about how doctors and real world counterterrorism professionals have become untouchable in their fields because of their prestige, for better or worse. So prestige and money matter a heck of a lot.

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Good health

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