I'd like to get your takes on unpaid leave in MBB / big four strategy / tier 2. By 'unpaid leave', I mean taking 1-2 months to travel, train, or prevent burnout, and then returning to continue full-time, e.g. similar to McKinsey's Take Time programme. Some questions I had in mind are:
- Is this something that is common at top consultancies or do employees have to either carry on as usual or leave the firm altogether?
- Is it only for the very top performers or can anyone do it?
- Is it hard to get permission?
- How soon after joining a company would it be reasonable to ask to take unpaid leave?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!