Why do MBB consultants work so much?

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Not MBB but working with red throbbing eyes, a drink of old fashioned next to you with strips of aspirin in the bag is a superpower bestowed upon you.

I’d offer an even simpler reason: Partners scope projects to make consultants work that much because their competitors also do, and they know it won’t impact new consultants wanting to join. Why ever scope for less when you don’t have to!

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Otherwise they lose the RFP

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Because we charge absurdly high prices, promise unreasonably high impact and results, and try to deliver it all with an understaffed team

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Idk what the hourly rate is. We don’t usually charge per hour, and we work more hours than the typical 40/week. But it is quite high

Because sleep is for the weak

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Say hello to early onset Alzheimer's 🫣

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Because someone has to put out to make the world go round

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To change the world (not mbb but at least thats what the website says )

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https://hbr.org/2018/02/if-youre-so-successful-why-are-you-still-working-70-hours-a-week

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No real reason. I am sure it can be fixed easily. Everyone was sure that without 4 day weekly travel consulting will not survive, now no one even wants to return to it.

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I feel a lot of this is also driven by an "up or out" culture. People will feel anxious logging off early, if at any moment they feel not knowing the answer to everything or being seen to not "drive the answer" enough could get them on performance management and on their way out of the job. With that said, I equally could be one of those Type A people stressing myself unnecessarily and might be the only one who thinks this way.

Do you feel that most of the extra hours worked are unnecessary or could be mitigated? Is is more of a cultural issue?

When I left MBB, I promised myself not to work like that ever. So far I'm very very happy for making that decision and it was an eye opener how the rest of the world works and enjoys their life.

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This post kind of stemmed from this article

The other reason is we do a lot of strategy and CDD work which have aggressive timelines.

Insecure overachievers - at least that’s how it is at BCG lol

Me: instructions unclear, became insecure without the achiever part

Some say consulting actually looks for insecure over achievers

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