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most people who are serious about the job usually spends 20 hours plus minimum.
Some people will "get it" with 20 live cases, some people will need 100 to be fully comfortable.
What firm if you don't mind me asking? If it's the top three, definitely take some time and practice, there are a lot of good resources on the net, no need to buy a book.
Thanks for the reply. I actually bought "Case in Point" before I saw your reply. That sounds like an immense time commitment. What kind of preparation is involved? Just studying and analyzing each case and its solution/structure? I hope to do a few live ones with my friend in the industry (different firm) at some point before the big day. Fortunately I have until next friday.The interview is with the public sector practice of a company outside the top 3. Happy to chat in more detail by PM.
Booz and Co or Booz Allen & Hamilton? Both big named firms (I'm sure you know about the split)"No point" like the culture and or pay are not worth even considering for someone coming out of an MBA.
I have my first orientation kick off in a few days and had to put a list of 10 target companies.
I had the big players on there and Booz/pwc is actually my number 1.
Booz and Co or Booz Allen & Hamilton? Both big named firms (I'm sure you know about the split)
Deloitte - even in their Fed practice they pretty much operate on a commercial consulting model, which is problematic for a few main reasons. Anyone who is interested I will elaborate.
I'll bite on this...whats problematic
Well as someone mentioned above, the work life balance sucks..but what most people don't realize is that shitty balance e is at least in some part due to Deloitte Fed operating under its commercial consulting model. IMO this is not sustainable long term and they will have to adjust fire, seeing as the turnover is high and I've seen talent come and go far too fast.
What do I mean by this? Well for the sake of not boring you..in commercial consulting models,you ship out your rock stars to do an engagement. After long weeks and hard work, let's say an engagement is done in 1-2 months, you return, maybe have a week in between engagements. During that week, you can visit home base, write up lessons learned, do white papers and so forth. This counts as "firm contribution" depending on the person you may log several weeks of this over a year...and a couple hundred hours toward bonus work.
In Federal work, it's normally a much longer engagement, so let's say 6m-1 year and instead of a sprint, it's a medium jog and avg40-45 hours a week. The catch is using the commercial model the employee is expected to still ring in those firm contributions but there isn't any lag time...so you are stuck fulfilling these hours on nights and weekends. When I left I was expected (avg of all the folks at your level) to pull around 200-250 hours of firm contributions...do the math on that.
Also worth noting Deloitte would offer 5-6 weeks of vacation,but leaves little chance for you to take it...and though it's not written down, it's the culture there to really frown on taking anywhere near the allotted vacation hours.
I gave 2.5 years there...good place to cut your teeth but unless you are a work a holic, then you'll eventually burn out.