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Consulting jobs in multinationals demand a lot but it is wrong to think they pay a lot. They have levels; at the lowest entry level, they pay maybe about 10-30% more than non-mncs but their demand is quite high; while they give some training, the young consultants are thrown into the water to test their resolve. If they get to the next level, they will become supervisor consultants; there the pressure piles up. If they survive and make it to manager level, they will start to lose sleep and hair; normally those who survive this stage will have acquired special skills - how to overcome jet-lag from travelling all over the place; how to tackle different clients with different requirements even if the problems to be solved are the same, how to work with impossible deadlines and lack of resources like the right staff....hundreds of small to big problems. It is when they make partner or director that they can say they will be really earning a more rewarding compensation package; there will be some perks and prestige then, and they will become like role models - but they too will face pressure from sales quotas set, budgets to be met and practice people to be groomed and grown. Within this swirl of a consulting organization, you will see how characters are moulded, and all sorts of human emotions come out trying to align to the company's policies etc. After a while, you may become worn out and wonder why you're continuing.. that's the time to leave, move on, and perhaps start your own.|
The best lesson - work for five years, and learn everything, observe everything, collect and save up everything, build your own resume using the multinational's contacts; after that, if you're not going up, better go out and smell the real roses again, do your own thing.
A high paying job, whether in a consulting firm or an investment bank, is only as good as what you've learnt from them, how much you've saved from your pay, and how well you've kept your true character and health. They should be used to build contacts and credentials. In the end, they only serve the interest of their own partners/directors/shareholders and headquarter interests. That's why they pay and reward according to the particular country's level; a local recruited will be paid only local rates even if doing the same job as a foreigner paid higher.