I'm a 3rd year Consultant / Associate at one of, whose having second thoughts about taking the Manager / Project Leader / Engagement Manager promotion in the next promotion window. Overall I've enjoyed my time with the firm, but I just can't see myself living this life for another 18-24 months (time to promotion + minimum commitment post-promotion). While my job satisfaction has been higher in this job than any other I've held, my overall life satisfaction (work + family + friends+ hobbies) is lower than its been in a long time.
Ideally, I'd like to find a new job with similarly high caliber colleagues and similarly challenging work with high level impact, but a much better work life balance.
Anyone else out there looking to transition out of on of the big three? What types of roles are you looking for? What kinds of roles are you finding? What channels are you utilizing for your search (firm alumni, headhunters, b-school network, etc) and which are proving the most effective?