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Disagree ^ just ended a 4yr stint in restructuring at FTI. It certainly ebbs and flows, but at the end of the day, everyone i worked with was a human and acted as such - i found it doable to do my actual life simultaneously with the job. Would highly recommend FTI. With that said, I am single and in my mid-20s with no kids so my actual life obligations are relatively low compared to those with a family/kids

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For some people this is true. I tend to do a lot of company-side RX work personally.

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I also love FTI for work life balance. I’ve been billing 60 / working 70-80 hour weeks for 3 months now, and that’s the absolute worst it’s ever been in my time here. Normally I hover around 40 and whenever I pick up to 60 it’s for 6 weeks, give or take, before I drop back down. I do really think FTI tries to let you prioritize actual balance.

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Restructuring and WLB don’t go together. You’ll be hard pressed to find a RX firm worth its salt with a decent WLB.

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I'll answer with the lovely "it depends" (on partner, project, industry of the restructuring) So it's hard to give you an answer that is valid across all those scenarios

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I’m A&M restructuring and it’s highs and lows. During prep for a BK filing work or urgent deadlines can be very busy bur after those peaks work life can be more regular 40-50 hours. Our compensation model makes the hours incredibly worth it

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Can’t speak for the others but my friend at A&M is literally never not on call or busy. For what that’s worth

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AP2, seconded: at FTI, yes you’ll get worked to the bone for filing prep or the occasional fire drill, but cases often have a long tail and you’ll have sometimes a few months where you’ll have 30hrs of work on that case, or even less. Or, best case scenario, in a slow Rx market, nothing at all, and you’re still getting paid!! So i definitely wouldn’t say Rx advisory has a terrible WLB by any means, it just requires a little more flexibility since it’s so volatile

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If you prioritize WLB you're looking at the wrong specialty.

Good luck! Very much not for me but some people love it.

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