{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "What is the DUMBEST task you've had to own, as a highly paid consultant?", "post_id": "5e68294110fbdf001b494901", "reply_count": 471, "vote_count": 84, "bowl_id": "552d1d24dc1c586b09d2d051", "bowl_name": "Consulting" }

What is the DUMBEST task you've had to own, as a highly paid consultant?

likefunnyupliftingsmarthelpful
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at
Highlighted IconHIGHLIGHTED

One of our senior consultant once provided an estimate to customer of 120 hours to store “Last Changed On” on a standard SAP Opportunity object. Customer accepted it. When I got into the project, after that senior consultant quit mid way thru the project, I realized, that neither customer nor our senior consultant knew that it was a standard field and all the customer/consultant needed to do was “customize/unhide” the hidden field which would take around 45 seconds for a grandpa using the mouse and computer for the first time.

likefunnysmarthelpful

Sounds just like my manager!

Once upon a time on my first project out of college... Spent months (learning how to and then) building an excel scenario model for a project. Week before final handover, I worked 6-7 days straight in State A with only a few hours sleep, including none at all the night before. Sent the Partner and Principal the final (double, triple, quadruple checked) model and presentation (they were in State B) at 5am. Headed to the airport to get a flight to State B. Got home. “WFH”. Next minute I got a “Plz Fix” call from a ranting Partner who demanded I get to the client site ASAP, model not working. Fuck. Shower, shave, find shirt. Travel 2+ hours to client HQ where Partner and Principal have been sat in a room for the last half a day. Turns out the Partner renamed the model in the cab to the client site (and I hadn’t yet learned about dynamic referencing).

likefunnysmartupliftinghelpful

Oh didn’t think there were macros involved. Let’s not get “into the weeds” here 😜

funnysmart
Recent IconRecent

I went with the client to pick up two cakes at grocery store. Each had a suggested project name in icing. Whichever cake was eaten more during a large meeting was picked as the project name. (Seriously)

likefunnysmarthelpfuluplifting

Who was the winner

like

Flew internationally to deliver a birthday present from the client CEO to his son who lived in another country (Emerging markets, so shipping was unavailable/unreliable)

likefunnyupliftingsmart

Which country?

like

I once heard of an analyst nicknamed “lunch b***h”. He flew to the client site every single week, but his only responsibility was to collect lunch orders for the project each day.

likefunnyhelpfulsmart

What a chode

like

I once ran around a tiny town for ~4hrs looking for 24-piece puzzles because the partner on my project thought that the 36-piece puzzles I’d ordered ahead of time from amazon would be “too hard” for groups of ~5 executives to complete in 5 minutes. 🙄

likefunnyupliftingsmart

Icebreaker ⛏

Just being there. No task or project or problem. The client literally wanted me because it gave them psychological comfort.

likefunnyupliftinghelpful

Same, the last two months of my previous project was that. I sat in a decent meeting room by myself and they would stop in maybe once a week to ask a stupid question that could be found in a matter of seconds on google. I did certification work and was billable for it 🤷‍♂️

likesmartfunny

Converting Microsoft Word documents into PDFs for my client.

likefunnysmartuplifting

Same

Telling a client (who hard coded all his numbers into Excel and used a desktop calculator because he didn’t realise that Excel wasn’t just for formatting) why his budget was £200k out because of rounding errors.

likefunnysmart

Absolute gold

Turning business requirements that the client had already come up with into user stories for the developers even though the developers could just, like, read the business requirements.

likefunnysmart

@SCM1 I agree! They could have a lower paid kid right out of undergrad doing this but instead they are paying a much higher rate for a person with an MBA to waste away ughhhhhhhhhh I’m getting dumber

Getting the Partner’s Coffee. My team made me walk 15 mins down the street to a shop EVERYTIME he said he wanted something. Only reason I was happy was he also let me buy coffee on his card.

likefunnysmarthelpfuluplifting

“SOMEONe has to get the coffee...” Get your own coffee ffs...

like

Client requested that I use billable time to edit and upload videos of my pet pig that I was required to take each weekend

likefunnyupliftingsmarthelpful

Hi sheldon

likesmart

I sat outside a CEO’s office for 4 hours waiting on him to arrive so a partner could just time his walk by just right.

likefunny

That’s how I met your mother

like

Flew from Canada to the UK for one day because a partner forgot his laptop. 😂

likefunnyupliftingsmart

At least you got to earn those miles!

I spent a full 8 hours creating an bitmoji of my client. This included a bitmoji “booklet”, telling her which versions of her bitmoji would be used in which context/correspondence. She was a budget director for a major agency. 🤦‍♀️

likefunnysmart

What kind of agency? Public!?

Being flown in just to sit at client site and twiddle my thumbs because they presumably like me. 8 hours a day of firm initiatives and Twitter. Oh, and 2 hour lunches to keep me sane.

likefunnyhelpful

Yep. Spent months flying in to prep for placing labels on inventory items. That took 4 hours on a Thursday.

like

I (a woman) will never forget when I was meant to be going on a site inspection with a male manager and a male consultant, and the day before the trip the manager goes “(male consultant), you’re in charge of putting together summaries and questions for the three sites. (My name) you’re in charge of snacks.”

likefunnyuplifting

Someone’s gotta buy the snacks...

like

Never had a client deliverable of any kind for the first 10 years of my professional life. The last few years have been tough.

likefunnysmartuplifting

I think P1 was not in consulting the first 10 years

likehelpful

Copying and pasting ‘Click Save’ in hundreds of test scripts for a client.

likefunnysmarthelpful

I’ll see you one better - adding ‘Return Home’ to the end of each test script because the client wasn’t sure what to do when the test was over.

like

Made an enormous bulletin board display. Think like a preschool wall, but on a BCG budget.

likefunny

Can’t post. It featured the client logo and color palette quite prominently, sorry!

like

Additional Posts

Any tricks to converting your Amex points into gift cards or some equivalent to get a better Amazon conversion? $70 for 10k points seems weak when a lot of the retailers do $100 for 10k.

like

Hello Everyone! Had a discussion yesterday regarding “claw backs” being included in a policy for sponsorship if the new employee leaves before 3 years. It was a declining percentage over a three year period. My POV was that it wasn’t something I’ve ever done and didn’t seem like they were sure of the hire they were making. I get wanting to save costs but at the same time doesn’t feel inclusive or welcoming. Thoughts? Have you done this or seen it work? Thanks!

like

Boomers are often considered selfish, right? Consider the following: People over the age of 75 comprise 54% of COVID deaths. At that age, the actuarial tables aren’t exactly favorable to begin with. By contrast, people under the age of 50 comprise 7% of COVID deaths. Throwing the world into a state of absolute chaos (thereby sticking younger generations with the long-term consequences) is next level.

Post Photo
likefunny

Offer Choice Hello. What should I choose between the 2? 1) JMPC VP of financial analytics, $150k. This is a promotion they’re putting me up for next year. (Currently Sr. Assoc making $100k) Pro: 5 minutes commute, good mobility for relocation 2) F100 insurance company, Sr Director of Accounting Technology $200-220k Pro: money and leadership role Con: 40 minute commute. I used to be an accountant but I’m steering away to be analytics and I love it. This is kind of reverting back

like

Is being laid off considered a negative mark on the resume? If you are not let go due to performance, does it look bad?

like

Tips on getting the most out of your HSA card? Do you expense medical bills using your HSA card directly or do you pay with your credit card first and then reimburse yourself?

like

What's the deal w The Gwen? Was is a Westin before the renovation? The removes awaiting renovation are pretty plain

like

How long do you wait to follow up with the recruiter after a first round interview?

like

Just found out that my godmother passed away from covid. She helped raise me. Feel awkward telling my manager that I need a mental health day.

like

The project I’m on at work right now is actually pretty interesting, but I’m feeling so burnt out and uninspired that everything I have to do feels like a drag. Wish I could feel excited to design. I miss that feeling.

like

Does anyone have experience interviewing with Angelist?

like

What is your bill rate vs salary per hour/day? I’m interested in hearing what the market rate is! Mine is 22.5%

like

Do people take a pay cut when moving from MBB to tech? Current TC - MBB manager 290k (220 base) Offer - 170k base + 15% bonus + 300k RSUs

like

Have an offer as a sales associate at an asset management firm. Mid size, location San Fran. Have around 3 years of experience post undergrad, Econ major but not licenses or CFA (yet) doing sales planning work.. pay is 76k + bonus worth it?

like

How do your LOs poop once their poo starts becoming more solid? If our baby goes in the diaper, he holds back! When he’s outside does much better. All toilet chairs I’m seeing say 18mos+. Any advice is appreciated!

like

Interviewing for Manager role at Deloitte. 15 YOE in DoD, 10+ YOE in management, and finishing up MBA (put it off-I know, my mistake). What kind of salary expectations should I have?

like

I know interview test helps the hiring manger get an idea of how and where candidates would fit in. But this agency I applied, asked for 3 typography layout (business card), 3 KVs. Isn't it too much?

likefunny

Salary range for a non-specialty-group senior at KPMG Boston?

like

Anyone a Brodsky tenant? Looking for a referral

like

I am having an experience of 9+ years into analytics domain with hands on exposure to data science and machine learning. Please can you refer me in your organization for any suitable position. Thanks in advance.

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

Get realtime notifications and see
what's happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

{ "isSet": true, "allowed": true }

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal