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I work a midsize regional firm and, no surprise, we are hemorrhaging staff. And it’s the good ones leaving. Some for family offices and industry positions, which I can understand. But others for sm… more

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In a perfect world, I would have work-life balance and be able to disconnect on a somewhat normal basis. In this world, I can't Are there other ways you fully unplug from work without actually tak… more

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I never want to hear the words “leaning in” on another partner call

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What is your go-to outing for entertaining clients and prospective clients?

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Has anyone in partner ranks been able to take an actual, fully disconnected vacation of at least a full work week in the last 18 months? Genuinely curious.

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Anyone consider a fully remote director or partner role?

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Best tips on preparing a biz case at EY?

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Please share your thoughts on the Associate Partner role at EY. I’m considering a role and this is on the table. Trying to understand how it compares to a Director role and the typical path to an equi… more

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I started a firm with three other colleagues about a year and a half ago. We all came from the same bigger firm and now obviously we are considered a very small. We want to make our first hire and hir… more

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MD/ED at B4 M&A Tax have been approach by a recruiter from another B4 about talking with them about being a direct entry partner. How does one prepare a CV for this type of move?

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Is it odd for partners to not know how much they make? I have a tough time explaining to my spouse. Trying to explain what’s on paper vs what your cash draw is.

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I just heard of an employee claiming constructive discharge due to having to work from home? In this case the physical office closed permanently but what a can of worms in the current environment if t… more

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How many days of PTO do you take? I’m a second year partner and have struggled to step away for more than a couple of days at a time. I take around 15 days total for the year. This is a mentality carr… more

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Who is taking a home office deduction? What kind of amounts? If you decided not to- why not?

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What Happens When Mental-Health Issues Get in the Way of Work - The Wall Street Journal

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Anyone move from a regional firm to EY as a direct admit partner? Was there major culture shock?

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Has anyone known Partners who essentially retired in their mid-40’s? Are they happy? What kind of nest eggs did they target?

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Do big four partners and directors in private client service groups make much less than core tax or specialty groups?

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Anyone consider a client facing tax advisory role with one of the big banks (GS, MS, JP Morgan, UBS etc.)?

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What are the partnership buy ins at each of the Big4?

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So am up for Partner promotion this year at a Big 4 and also have a non-big 4 Partner offer on hand..which one is better? Clearly big4 has advantages, but worried that first year Partner comp for an e… more

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We are essentially an outsourced controller for our largest client. The owner is taking MASSIVE amounts of distributions over and above income. He’s essentially financed $1M in distributions from his … more

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Is every firm up 10-20% over plan for the year?

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Firm recently paid out 4% bonus to every employee at end of fiscal year as a profit share bonus. This was after raises given in early Fall of 3%-8% range. A tax senior’s response to me was that after… more

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Curious...has anyone signed up for the AICPA life insurance? I recently did, and they are sending a doctor to my home for the health check. It seems weird that I wouldn’t go to a doctors office. Let m… more

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What are thoughts on EY. They have called me and want to chat with me about taking over a service line in my city. I am at a top 10 firm now and is my second stop as a partner in PA. I don’t want to b… more

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What are the ledger growth expectations (dollars or %) at your firm this year? I’m finishing the first year as a new tax partner (not B4). Started with 1.9million ledger and grew to 2.7million with p… more

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Big4 MD vs a non Big 4 (GT/RSM) or Boutique (CFGI/A&M) Partner. Any thoughts on which is a better path for longer term compensation and leadership opportunities. For context, am a high performing … more

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Any thoughts on what the next year brings. Seems like we have to do something soon for fear of more people leaving.

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PWC doing mid year raises?

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Over 4,000 members and no dialogue?

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Guys - can anyone share earnings at BDO and RSM at 1-5 years of partner experience. Trying to negotiate with one of these firm and will be helpful to know.

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What's the best way to find potential tax partner positions in B4? I'm willing to change firms (currently at a B4) and I have a list of about 10 markets I'm willing to move to for a partn… more

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About to retire and planing to downsize. My home is now worth ~4m and its outrageous to think that realtors would charge me 6% in fees ~$240k. Should I list by owner? Can I negotiate down realtor fees… more

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I’m a late 40’s, 3rd year Partner in Big4 who joined as a DEMD after 2 decades in industry. I’m weighing an offer to join another Firm - it’s a straight comp play for 30% higher Comp for a similar rol… more

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For top 25 firms only. Do your partners have charge hour goals? If so how many?

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Has your firm gone woke? My leadership is consumed by virtue signaling and social justice to the point where nothing else (even our business) seems to matter. More importantly, they seem oblivious to … more

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