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Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance

 
#1 Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 07:03

6yrs@McK

I've been with McK for a while and enjoying my career progression so far. Unfortunately I am suffering from extremely long working hours this year (over 90 hrs a week consistantly). I was advised by my doctor I had to slow down otherwise I will die young. I therefore decided to leave the firm to pusue a better life. I see a lot of people in this forum talking about joining consulting and in particular MBB. If you are willing to live a life that only allows you to see your wife and kids once a week, go for it. If you are physically stronger than normal human being, you can make partner some day.

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#2 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 10:16

Cynic to 6yrs@McK (#1)

Another one sees the light...

I believe your life will now change for the better. Be brave - send that CV out! 90 hours a week with extensive travel is torture in my opinion.

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#3 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 10:19

Cynic to Cynic (#2)

Whoa, I just did the sums on that....

90 hours a week = About 13 hours per day EVERY SINGLE DAY. And you say that you're doing "over" this amount, "consistently"!

That's the same as 9.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Sunday. Minimum - in hour case!

Frickin heck!

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#4 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 10:20

Cynic to Cynic (#3)

* hour = your

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#5 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 14:47

ex-enture to 6yrs@McK (#1)

Good for you. I've also come to the realisation that there are more important things to life. Assuming I avoid any fatal accidents or terminal illness, I expect to be dead in 40-50 years. I imagine myself looking back on life and asking the question - was it all worth it? Or was there something else I wished I had done? explored a new culture, played with my kids more, worked on my marriage, helped a stranger. Did my existance in this world make a difference?

hmmm ... too much to think about. Gotta get back to my spreadsheet and crunch some numbers so my client can be more efficient taking money from elderly pensioners.

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#6 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 15:25

anon to ex-enture (#5)

Went out with a girl for a while who's best mate was the wife of a senior partner at a big firm.

A mix of stress and constant long haul flights resulted in the guy's testicles "swapping" - which apparently can be quite painful. He'd be hobbling around for a few days until they unravelled.

Even at the level of urban myth (but the girl swears the wife swore it was true) this is a warning I could not ignore.

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#7 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 20:27

anon to anon (#6)

At the risk of sounding harsh (and I do deeply sympathise deeply with the guy with 'swapped' testicles) I think people that are prepared to put up with this kind of lifestyle have metaphorically cut their testicles off for the company and deep down feel that there is no other purpose left in life for them than corporate drone-dom. You would think that all the travel and 'exciting' projects would really expand their minds and make them interesting - but so many of these people are simply crushing bores who you wouldn't want to spend time with, even under the influence of a copious amount of alcohol!

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#8 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
23/11/2009 21:06

Cool G to anon (#7)

Testicles swapping? Hilarious!! I am still laughing. Hahahahahah.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#9 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
24/11/2009 17:45

Still grimacing to Cool G (#8)

YELP! makes a blood clot sound tame by comparison!

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#10 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
26/11/2009 19:59

Mars to anon (#7)

What's all the fuss? I swap mine around every few days to ensure that any trouser related erosion is evened out. Uneven balls must be worse than just swapped ones. Keeps me turning in circles.

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#11 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
26/11/2009 20:20

anon to Mars (#10)

What do you swap them for?

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#12 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
27/11/2009 11:42

Ask to anon (#11)

What I dont get is that anyone who does those hours in the hope of one day becoming partner....why don't they just do the switch to Investment Banking and have the same or less hours and get richer quicker??

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#13 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
27/11/2009 11:46

Cynic to Ask (#12)

It's usually cuz investment banks don't hire people who have degrees in stuff like modern languages. They want people who have 'real' skills as opposed to 'soft' skills.

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#14 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
27/11/2009 11:49

Cynic to Cynic (#13)

To clarify, MC is probably the only place where somebody with no 'real' analytical skills (and I mean the sort that actually require a qualification in a relevant subject) can succeed just because they put on their CV that they can play the piano, have sung in an opera, are a scuba diving expert, can talk 5 languages, etc.

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#15 RE: Quitting McKinsey for a better work life balance
01/12/2009 14:58

Ex-MC to 6yrs@McK (#1)

Was in a similar situation...collapsed one day and went into a coma for 3 weeks.... just came out of ICU. Everyone out there, be careful... this happens with no prior warning ... your health is more important than making partner.

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