First of all, I'd really appreciate people's input into this as I'm a bit clueless when it comes to what to expect work-life balance wise and I know there is a wealth of knowledge in this forum.
Ok, so here's the situation. All i've got is 18 months experience with a boutique strategy consulting firm working 53 hour weeks with little / no time spent off-site. I've applied for jobs in the following three sectors:
Strategy Consultancy: OC&C interview and possibly a Commercial Advantage interview in the pipeline (touch wood!)
Strategy or CDD in the big 4: PWC (strat) interview lined up and applications for E&Y (CDD), Deloitte (Strat) sent out for which I expect to be getting interviews for.
In-house Strategy: Nothing as yet, but a friend in FMCG strategy is pushing an application for me.
Now what I would really like to know is what kind of work-life balance I can expect from the above companies. Specifically I am interested in knowing how many hours you work in an average week and how long i can expect to spend off site in a given period of time, although any extra info would be gratefully received. It would also be useful if ppl could put the hours into context by comparing with other firms in the industry (e.g. BCG, A.T etc).
I work for a niche firm not in London and I want to move to the big smoke to improve QoL and i'd rather have a bit of a life to improve the quality of!
If you can say how you know what you know (e.g. used to work there, friend works there etc.) that'd be great.
Thanks for your help guys. I really appreciate it.