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Spot Happiness Survey

 
#1 Spot Happiness Survey
23/11/2009 16:25

Anon

Thought it'd be useful to have a comparison thread alongside the Spot Salary Survey. So...

How long have you been in consulting, and how happy are you with it?

5 years, 2 diff consultancies. I am happy.

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#2 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
23/11/2009 21:10

PriMark Ronson to Anon (#1)

2 consultancies

7 years @ big 4

Bewilderingly, utterly, totally disillusioned and depressed with the whole thing.

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#3 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
24/11/2009 19:16

onan to PriMark Ronson (#2)

4+ years in consultancy

then 2+ in industry

was unhappy in consultancy, now unhappy in industry

i guess i am not cut out to be a wage slave.

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#4 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
24/11/2009 21:35

Consultant to Anon (#1)

2 years in, ranging from very very happy to depressed (this highly correlates with staffing). Think it will be great once I can focus on 'my' area.

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#5 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
24/11/2009 22:03

Year 1 Analyst to Consultant (#4)

My spots are very happy due to my great diet of late night pizza and lack of sun light......

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#6 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
25/11/2009 08:36

anon to Year 1 Analyst (#5)

13 years in consulting (yeah I'm a dinosaur)

-7 years in large consultancies: totally disillusioned by poor quality of projects and lack of professionalism. Basically IT charlatans, arrogant pricks calling themselves "management consultants", industry experts or even better "operational strategists" (that's my favourite one)

- 6 years as a freelancer and totally enjoying it: choose only projects I'm interested in (90% strategy and international projects) and earn (much) more

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#7 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
25/11/2009 08:46

anon2 to anon (#6)

anon - how do you find your freelance projects?

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#8 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
25/11/2009 09:20

anon to anon2 (#7)

mostly through the contract-corner on this site. You need to pay an annual fee to see the ads, but its worth it.

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#9 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
25/11/2009 15:58

R2D2 to anon (#8)

2 consultancies, 7 glorious years, 1 marriage, 2 pets (now deceased) and am still trying to figure out what I'm a consultant in and where/when I've ever added any "value".

Apart from that the job is just plain depressing

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#10 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
25/11/2009 23:27

D. Lemma to R2D2 (#9)

3 years, big consultancy: still haven't figured out if 'real business consultancy' actually exists

Saddled with a dilemma: move to industry (corporate finance) or stay in consulting

Besides the dilemma, overall level of happiness quite ok

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#11 RE: Spot Happiness Survey
26/11/2009 08:46

anon (the dinosaur) to anon2 (#7)

how do I find my freelance projects?

- 50% by simply answering the phone

- 50% by directly contacting potential customers I'd like to work for, mostly end customers but also consultancies

contrary to the other anon who replied before I don't rely on ads (posted here or elsewhere). First because I don't have a typical profile and second because direct contact gives me more freedom

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