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What does low util mean? 10 % below target, 5%, 0.1%? I'm under my target util because I hit the bench right before covid. Worried since it's a promo year and about layoffs in general. Any insight?

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Depends on company and practice, of course. We can’t answer for you without giving more details

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Firm specific. We don’t y’all about utilization.

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Honestly why is low utilization the staff’s fault? Isn’t that more of an indicator that the management team is not selling enough work?

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I am answering SC1’s comment, and I’m telling you that at Alix if you have low utilization because of external factors, you can still get a top bonus if you did well with proposals, recruiting, and are considered a good performer in the projects in which you worked. For what I know of my firm, also in this environment if it came to layoffs I think that low utilization would not be one of the top indicators used to select those to cut. They would look at performance and profile / capabilities first.

Anything below 85% is under target, low would be considered under 55% here.

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