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NOTE THAT ALL COMMENTS BELOW APPLY ONLY TO STRAT HOUSES (before all the Big 4 and IT guys pounce on me saying that it doesn't reflect work practices at their firms).
As an associate (or ass. for short), you're job will primarily be (in the order of importance):
- Could involve conducting a large number of interviews of customers, suppliers, competitors, management, etc. and archiving your interview notes in such a way they could be easily retrieved later (not as easy as it sounds)
- Could involve gathering massive amounts of data...from the Internet, proprietary research reports, and of course from within the client company. You'll have to design spreadsheet templates in order to make your life easier when it comes time to actually crunch the data.
- Probably takes 40% of your total engagement time
2. Spreadsheet analysis/modeling
- Involves your usual monte carlo simulations, pivot tables, what-ifs, etc.
- Probably takes 40% of your overall engagement time
3. Deck writing
- Involves many iterations
- Spread throughout the engagement, as there are steering/executive committee meetings requiring regular updates
- Probably takes 20% of of your total engagement time
4. Do whatever your superiors ask you to do
- Everything short of bending forward and taking it up the a-- (although there are days when that actually seems preferable)
- A popular example is helping an EM or Partner write a proposal or pitch deck
- Takes up another 20% of your total time
There is no "typical" day. Some days will involve 100% customer interviews. Some days will involve 100% number crunching. Some days will involve 100% deck writing.
It's not an easy job, involving 10-15 hrs of daily grind. and I do NOT look back to my ass. days with much fondness.