Why are strategy consultants OK with consistent >12 hour days, especially when the deck is insanely long and few will actually read it?

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I've never produced an insanely long deck, and I know the right people read it because they have detailed questions.

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Or the fact that you interact with very senior people despite the lack of experience

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@op - not sure what kinds of strategy you've been exposed to, but that perception is garbage.

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I'm bummed to hear you've had a shit experience. Sucks to hear that was the kind of effort you were putting in, but not seeing the value come out of it. I do love what I do, and there are peaks and valleys in the hours. Peaking right now... But the valleys have been good to me (35-40 hours). Apologies, genuinely, for misunderstanding.

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It's all back to perception🤡

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@SM1, I've been exposed to a lot and that's my perception. It's not garbage. You may have a different experience and that's great.

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Because we get paid.

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@OW1, MC does too and they actually get to say they did something and whether or not it was successful. Seems like in strategy it's all up in the air and you spend all day thinking about case studies and what could happen...in 50-100 slides

OP - your use of "actually" is a bit flagrant. I do product strategy for a living, as well as help teach executives how to set up their teams for long range planning and be ready to take on any scenario thrown at them. I don't produce long decks and 12 hour days would be cake compared to days I log with product engineering leads and the c-suite. But hey, I'm sure your MC process redesign deck got a lot of mileage and everyone read it and your program was successful. That's great! All I'm saying is don't shit on work you don't know enough about.

@sm1, you assume that I don't do strategy work which is inaccurate. I think it's great if you are proud of what you do but I'm genuinely curious as to how folks can put in so many hours not knowing where it is go. If you think 12 hrs are cake then you clearly must love what you do. That's wonderful for you but not sustainable for many. I'm about to leave the firm and was wondering if there are any folks who I can relate to. You are definitely not one of them if you're cool with working so much.

@sm1, no worries. I'm glad that my experience isn't the norm

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