Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Goodbye Rat Race, Hello Kids

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Goodbye Rat Race, Hello Kids

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When Matt Christoff left McKinsey & Co. three years ago to spend more time with his wife and four children, he said goodbye to a leading consulting firm.

Today, he's still on the treadmill, working 55 hours a week at executive search firm Spencer Stuart. But where he used to put in 60-plus hours a week and spend up to four nights on the road, he now works out of his home near Minneapolis and eats most dinners at the family table.

"Giving up a career at McKinsey is a tough call, because it's a very prestigious firm, and the professional growth opportunities and economic incentives there, longer term, are phenomenal," he says. "But I figured out a way to have balance in my life, and I love my job." Christoff prided himself on spending time with his children (ages 6, 10, 13, and 15) even during his five-plus years at McKinsey. …

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