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Why do the Big 4 firms typically have better work/life balances than MBB, S&, OW, ATK, etc?

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I would say the root cause is that the strategy firms charge ~twice the daily rates compared to the big 4

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Shorter project timelines (higher margins)

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This is more work related than firm related!

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What makes you think that way?

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Anecdotally I have observed this. I don’t have clear, indisputable data though

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i think they are just involved in some verticals that may require less work than the strategy firms... i mean working on a tech implementation for deloitte at 40 hrs/week is way easier than a DD at OW for 60-70 hrs/week. working on a DD at deloitte for 60-70 hrs/week also blows i’m sure.

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They don't

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I haven’t necessarily heard that

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I think in FS, it’s more regulatory work, which means longer term projects.

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Doesn’t necessarily mean better WLB. I was working holidays and weekends and constant late nights for a long term regulatory project.

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I agree that they do and it’s because we are big and slow (bureaucratic). Not complaining though, I would never last at MBB etc.

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We don’t we just get paid less

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Bigger companies with more variety of work, which quite frankly includes less demanding (exciting) work that actually requires 40 hours/wk (let’s be honest, some projects are even <30 hrs/wk)

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