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Long Hours: How to Fake it Like a Top Consultant

Color me shocked: a recent study has found that many consultants who claim to be working 80+ hours per week may be faking at least some of them. Read More >

Employee Reviews: What Are They Good For?

When was the last time that you had an employee review? Now ask yourself the same question, but tack on the words "that served any purpose beyond paper-pushing" to the end. Do you still get the same answer? If not, you're not alone: according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many companies are finally coming to a realization that their employees had a long time ago: most employee review systems are terrible. Read More >

Are Longer Hours Pointless?

Several of the industries that we cover here at Vault are plagued by cultures where 70+ hours per week are common. Folks in law, finance, and consulting regularly report difficulties with trying to balance their working hours and, well, anything else in their life that doesn't involve work. (I'm leaving out accountants for now-while they undoubtedly work long hours during peak periods, I'm assuming they're all still catching some post-tax day shuteye. Read More >

Has the Income Gap's Moment Finally Arrived in the U.S.?

"There's something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker."-Hillary Clinton, yesterday, in Iowa. I include that quote not as any sort of endorsement of Hillary's nascent campaign, but rather as an indication that wages-and specifically the gap between the highest earners and the lowest-finally seems to have punctured the political consciousness of at least one of the most likely candidates for the presidency. Read More >

Save the Planet by Working from Home?

Working remotely isn't just good for your company-a fact touched on by my colleague in these pages a couple of days ago-it's also good for the planet. According to an Earth Day-timed press release from FlexJobs, telecommuting policies at just three companies-Xerox, Dell and Aetna-"cumulatively saved 95.294 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year-equivalent to taking 20,000 passenger vehicles off the road. Read More >

The Best MBA Program for Consultants

Want to work for a top consulting firm? And by, "top", I mean, one of the top 5 firms on Vault's annual consulting list-the crème de la crème of the industry, the firms where you spend a few years before going on to work for, potentially wind up running, some of the biggest names in business? What's that? You do? Well, then, the NY Times has the secret formula you're looking for: "Go to Kellogg School of Management." OK, so there are a couple of catches. Read More >

Why Are Women in the US Less Likely to Work?

The issues of equal rights and pay for women in the workplace have been making headlines in recent weeks, along with the related issue of parental leave and benefits. Read More >

Consultants LOVE Hooking Up With Colleagues

Maybe it's the office hopping lifestyle? When it comes to office romance, consultants are one of the most permissive groups of employees around. Just 1% of consultants who took our office romance survey indicated that they thought romances between coworkers were never acceptable, while 31% claim that any kind of office fling is acceptable-even those between bosses and subordinates. Read More >

Finding Love at Work is More Acceptable Than Ever

Another year, another sign that office romances are gradually becoming more and more acceptable in workplaces throughout the United States. Indeed, the most striking statistic from this year's Vault Office Romance survey is that just 5 percent of respondents believe that no office romances are appropriate, down from 9 percent in 2011. Read More >

The State of the Union: Can Government Help America's Workers?

"We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very hard times." The central theme of the domestic portion of President Obama's penultimate State of the Union speech last night was all about the progress the economy has made since the darkest days of the recession, coupled with a few ideas-most of which are unlikely to make it through Congress alive-about where to go from here. Read More >

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