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What is your utilization target? Mine is 80% which gives me no time to develop innovative skills for our practice.

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You can develop skills during the weekends and between 8-11 pm. You are welcome!

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Never given one for the last 2 years but I’m always above 80%

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90% and I find some time…

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Do you feel like your practice is competitive in terms of innovation?

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The answer is 42. Always.

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The answer is really always 45. Always…..

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88%.

My utilization is 120% over the last 9 months, and I’m still expected to be working on recruiting, IC, and proposals.

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Some of my colleagues fall into the weird “work your ass off to deliver for the client, but if you bill over 40 hours are you really working a true 40 hours on deliverables, etc.?” gray area question, implying inefficiency.

80% is standard. 52 weeks X 40 hours is 2080, 80% of that is about 42 weeks. So that gives you 10 weeks for vacations, bench, personal development.

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Why did you have to convert to hours?

Thanks. This thread reminds me of why I hated consulting. The utilization stuff is a f nightmare.

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What are you doing now?

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81% 🥴

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So that’s 80% of a 40 hour work week

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How is that calculated? 52 weeks with 40h? So you need around 1700 billables a year?

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It’s usually out of the hours worked. So you have a base number of workable hours per year minus holidays, but then it varies by person by how much pto they take or other factors

90-95% as an analyst

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You could spend additional hours during the week while you’re working on another project. And consulting is an apprenticeship model: you’re developing skills as you work on projects.

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85%. Currently at 125%.

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So you have 32 hour work weeks and can’t find the time to do anything else other than client work?

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What if I start my own company and bill two clients 30 hours per week? In total 60 hours per week . Is it ethical?

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65% but I’m not held to it

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90% roughly

Yes - I definitely won’t be hitting my target given I got unlucky starting on a client that is averaging 25-30/week and we typically don’t split managers across multiple clients, making catch-up difficult.

I explained to my advisor and MD and they seemed okay with that and are happy with my work product thus far (moved from industry to consulting late last year). I’m focused on helping us expand our practice, build internal skills, and assisting with proposals/BD during the downtime.

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I haven’t been given one for the past 2 years

You have them, you just happen to not be missing them or you would be told

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