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New answer on Oct 13, 2023
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 29, 2020

hi peplounge community,

i was wondering if you know some odd or unknown facts about management consulting? looking forward to your replies!

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Anonymous replied on Jun 29, 2020

Hi there,

Consulting as a whole is an odd thing:) but below are some odd behavioural observations that I made throughout the years

  • Most will gain 2-5 kgs in their first 3 months until they learn to control themselves during hotel buffets
  • Most will switch to sparkling water... maybe to feel fancier? I don't know
  • POINTS POINTS POINTS - gotta catch'em all
  • Most would plan their vacation trip based on what Bonvoy hotels are available in that region (the goal is to have a 2-week vacation with 0 dollars spent on flights and hotels)
  • Most would be offended if they don't get upgraded on every single time we check-in into a hotel
  • Most will try to charm their way into a business class upgrade whenever they go on vacation (some would even show up in their suit just to asset more dominance)
  • You start having a favorite seat on every plane type for every airline (mine is 51K on emirates A380 :)
  • Brainwashed into speaking the lingo - too many abbreviations (PTO instead of vacation, PS instead of problem-solving), too many common sentences (l"et's touch base later", "how's it going? "good, good")
  • You start wondering what normal people do from 6 pm to midnight to fill their time if they are not working
  • You start scheduling calls with the family 1-2 days in advance, and 3-10 days in advance with friends :)

Hopefully, the other coaches would paint a less cynical picture than this :)



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replied on Jun 30, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

Perfect summary from Khaled.

On top of that:

  • You have more face time with flight attendants than with your significant other.
  • Whenever you hear "partner", you first think about your boss and only afterwards about your significant other.

You might also want to have a look at the famous BCG "Romance" analysis below!

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!


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replied on Jun 29, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


The one that they told us when we got to McK as analysist was: carefull with the food!

Combination of wonderful diets and stressful work, on top of not having time to work out, leads people to gaining up to 7kg a year!



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replied on Oct 13, 2023
Ex-BCG Principal | 8+ years consulting experience in SEA | BCG top interviewer & top performer

I'll add one more actual fact - I once knew a senior partner who flew more miles than the average pilot in a year!

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replied on Jul 01, 2020
#1 BCG coach | MBB | Tier 2 | Digital, Tech, Platinion | 100% personal success rate (8/8) | 95% candidate success rate

People get pretty crazy about points. I know someone who literally built an excel model to compare two credit cards and which was better. These two cards were hotly debated until he finished the model!

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Anonymous replied on Jun 30, 2020


I also agree about 2-5 kg “upgrade”.



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