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What is your firms denominator for utilization? Is it 40 hours? 45hours? 50 hours?

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The issue isn't the 40 hrs part. Its how they're setting target while allocating time for mandatory training, PTO, holidays, and internal work.

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Well, if PTO isn’t included in the denominator (it’s not everywhere) then the other stuff isn’t as hard to balance. That said, early in my career I got reprimanded for having 60% utilization when it should have been 95% (they had never told me what my utilization should be). I responded with “well, I’m working on what I’m assigned and my department does over 50% of our work as internal services. Would you like me to stop working on this list of initiatives you assigned me to, or will you set a more appropriate target utilization rate?” It shut them up fast and I never heard a peep about utilization again.

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40 at Grant Thornton. Your utilization target is a certain % of 2080 hours, where 2080 = 40 h/wk * 52 wks. The denominator does not shrink for bank/federal holidays or time off. 80% is the manager target, 85% is senior associate target.

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40. Who uses 50?

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I am not posting on behalf of Guidehouse despite my handle name

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I think we calculate it bc it’s on our career development profiles but it’s not a metric really used for anything

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The answer to everything.

Capco is 40

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A better way to phrase the question would be: what is included in the denominator? Ours includes all vacation and holiday time, ie you are punished for taking time off.

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It is. It’s even sadder when leadership and hr try to convince us that they want us to take vacation. One of many ways we nickel and dime our employees here.

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Based on days not hours. And accounting for vacation, training, etc. in the denominator

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40 at Accenture. PTO lowers denominator too

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Stub year, transactional. Work has pretty much dried up for me after being between 95-115% utilized the past 3 weeks. Should i be concerned that i’m not getting more assignments (meaning that my work has been trash)??

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By close of eyes is not a reasonable time for any deliverable to be due. You work from home not 24/7. Let’s normalize standard working hours; if work isn’t done within eight to nine hours in day then it’s time for evaluate systems, if all those Zoom calls were necessary and staff utilization.

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