Full Time - Start Date Pushed Back

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I have a full time offer at a mid-sized "event driven" consulting firm (think FTI, Huron, Navigant) with an original start date of August 3rd. I just received word that my start date is being pushed back to November. The firm is not providing any stipend, and signing bonuses will not be increased. Has anyone heard of any other firms doing this? I know some of the banks are, but consulting firms?

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Apr 24, 2009

IT cant be FTI, because they are busy as can be with restructuring/turnaround consulting...

Apr 24, 2009

there are plenty of firms doing that... actually most accounting firms offering consulting services are pushing back start dates over many lines of service: KPMG, E&Y, PwC, Crowe are the ones that I know for sure. So I'm not at all surprised that this happened to you since they operate in a similar consulting environment. I know people who've been pushed back until early next year, so you're not even in that bad of a spot. At least you still have a job.

Apr 24, 2009

Consulting firms in the mid-tier tend to have multiple start dates, separate trainings etc. Firms also don't like to place incoming analysts in the middle of projects that have been taking place for some time. So, in cases like this they will wait till they know they have a number of engagements starting at the same time and have you start then.

The best part is, if you talk to other incoming people they could be starting before or after you. Consulting firms have the concept of "the beach" so once you start there is the distinct possibility that you could be paid to sit on your ass. Thus they don't let you start until they have to.

I wouldn't worry.

Apr 24, 2009

I've heard of consulting getting pushed back to Decemeber and I've heard of legal jobs getting pushed back as far as March (friends in our law school told me). Crazy.

Apr 24, 2009

Confirmed, McK associate start date pushed back to March, BCG/Bain also pushed back but not sure til when.

Apr 25, 2009
aceman:

Confirmed, McK associate start date pushed back to March, BCG/Bain also pushed back but not sure til when.

Any stipend?

Apr 25, 2009

Starting at FTI in the fall (end of Aug), no word on start date being pushed back as goalie said, heard they are crazy busy right now. But I do have several friends with Big 4 and other related services (Protiviti) start date pushed back at least a couple months (oct/nov). Prob fairly common but just stay in contact with any status updates.

Apr 27, 2009
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