How is work/life balance in Economic Consulting?

Just recently accepted a job offer and was wondering if anyone could shed some light into WLB and hours worked. I recently accepted an offer in econ consulting at a top firm, which I am very grateful for, but at the same time am getting cold feet.

  1. So how is WLB at econ consulting?

  2. How many hours on average do you work per week? Do you find it stressful? Do you regret working as an econ consultant?

  3. To those who gone into grad school, how did you manage studying/prepping for GRE/GMAT while working? 

  4. To those who transitioned into a different industry like corporate strategy or data analyst/data science, how did you do it? Did you network with people who already made such transitions?

Thanks for taking the time and helping me out! I'm also open to DMs if anyone wants to discuss privately. 

Comments (3)

Nov 26, 2021 - 12:31pm

Was working at a econ consulting firm prior to MBA so can speak about my experience. Work life balance will definitely depend on the cases you're on but generally it's pretty good. On average I worked 50 - 60 hours per week, and it's pretty rare that I would go above the 60-hours mark. I think it's a pretty solid gig to have straight out of college, especially considering the pay.

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Nov 26, 2021 - 1:59pm

Thanks for sharing! Did you still find enough time for yourself (free time) and/or studying and preparing for MBA despite 50-60 hours worked per week? Was econ consulting worth it for you in the end?

Nov 26, 2021 - 2:15pm

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