Interesting topic. My personal experience is that the flexibility of working from home depends on a number of factors -
- who your manager is on the project
- whether you're working from the clients location/own office
- your level of face to face interaction with client
Some managers are more open to allowing you to work from home, where as others feel that allowing you to work from home regularly is not great for team morale - particularly when away from home on a project.
If you are working from your own offices it is easier to work from home, whereas if you are in the clients office there is often the need to put in face time and in the most primitive way show some tangible proof that you are making the effort to justify your high charge out rates.
Also, as a junior level consultant, you may be on a role where there is more analysis of data rather than interacting with the client on a regular basis. If so, you are more likely to be able to do this from home. However, if you are in a role where you are managing other Consultants or client members than you will more often than not be required in the office.
I for one wish there was far more tolerance to working from home. If there is no real need for you to be in the office, you should be able to work from home - particularly as we stay away from friends and family so much. Are there any Consulting firms out there that actively allow you to work from home regularly?