Why are so many people cruel in consulting? It seems to all be elbow work and politics. I feel so disrespected most of the time.

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Sorry to hear that OP. Lots of good people in consulting also. I spent 10 years on the road with the big 4, and met some douchbags as well as some great people. Hang in there and please don’t let a few bad experiences jade you or make you change who you are. I’ve remained a good guy even if that profile wasn’t ideal for traditional consulting

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Due to the demands on the job and the focus of the organization, IMO consulting firms typically do not invest as much in training and building “human skills” vs “technical skills.” I have worked in industry as well, and they spend a lot more time focusing on team building and other soft skills. Not that there aren’t politics (there are), but it builds a different values culture.

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