I worked for Deloitte for 9 years, 9 years of hell.. I had been a 1 performer at PticewaterHouseCoopers and at IBM. I was an Associate Parter at IBM.
Deloitte said that I had to come in as a Senior Manager prior to becoming an Engagement Director. That didn’t happen. As a senior manager I was blocked by other Senior Managers because I might steal sales and revenue from them. There were goals for Managed Revenue, Sales, and utilization.
The goals were meaningless because if you knew the right Partners you were able to be given the extra for Sales, Managed Revenue and utilization. If you were not in the inner circle you basically couldn’t make the goals, you are given a 4 rating and your asked to leave. I managed to get through 7 years and then the last 2 were hell.
Managing multiple projects and writing proposals, working 5 days on site and catching a red eye Friday Night , and then leaving Sunday. It was 70 to 90 hours a week. I was told it’s a long flight you can work on the flight. When a Partner decides that your not on the inner circle anymore, your dumped more and more work. I was told that it’s up or out by a Partner.
When I said to the partner I’m too old to make Partner or Director, do are you telling me I’m too old to move up and it’s out.. all sorts of thing go on behind your back when they are scheming to get you laid off.. there may be a couple of good partners but not many...