It's no secret that working as a consultant for McKinsey can be a demanding job. But just how many hours does a consultant work? In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the typical work schedule of a McKinsey consultant and the factors that can affect the number of hours worked. Let's start by looking at the average number of hours worked. Generally speaking, consultants can expect to work 60-70 hours a week.
This includes time spent in the office, on customer sites, and on other tasks related to the project. Lunch breaks are not included in this time, though you may take an hour for dinner or to travel to a hotel. The exact number of hours worked can vary greatly depending on the project. Some weeks may require 50-80 hours, with an average of 60-70 hours.
On rare occasions, you may have weeks with fewer than 60 hours, but it's more common to have weeks with more than 80 hours. During beach time, you can expect to work 30-60 hours, with an average of around 40. It's important to note that consultants are not on call for their clients. Project plans are set in advance, so big milestones and meetings are known well ahead of time.
During my three years at McKinsey, I rarely had to work on weekends. Plus, there's almost no downtime in consulting, so you won't have much time for personal activities or rest. The length of time a consultant works in a given week also depends on the type of project they're working on. Generally speaking, shorter projects require more hours than longer ones.
Consultants usually start their day between 8 and 9 am and work until late in the evening. It's important to remember that consulting is not a 9-5 job and most applicants are aware of how demanding it can be. Some consulting firms have implemented the “one night off a week” policy to give consultants some time for themselves. In Dubai, consultants typically work 12-hour days on a regular basis.
Saudi Arabia is currently a rare destination for McKinsey due to the national restructuring taking place there. At the end of the day, your main goal as a management consultant is to do great work and make your customers happy. Working long hours is part of the industry and often necessary due to project time and budget constraints. However, your contract should include an estimate of the total number of hours you can expect to work in a given year.