The Big 4 refers to the largest accounting and professional services firms: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Is Accounting even a major that students are attracted to anymore? I’m helping for recruiting and we barely had any students show up for recruiting to a school where I went and the line for big 4 was wrapped around the wall. It makes sense if Going to school for accounting + extra credits to get to 150, lower starting salary, more hours during busy season, and have to pass the hard CPA exam. Doesn’t sound attractive to me.

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We recently lost a proposal to a Big 4 competitor. Apparently, they offered to do it at half our price. I don’t understand how they can afford to do this. Our projects are staffed with tiny teams as it is.

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Advice needed. Got a job offer from my dream company, 15k bump in salary, stock options, large jump in PTO, 40 hour work week and way better healthcare. So all in all a better opportunity. I feel guilty leaving my Big 4 job during this time. New company said I can take a month to wrap up some work at my current job if needed. Leaving now would leave my team drastically short staffed for the fall. New hires pushed till 1/1/21. Should I feel guilty? How do I tell them and not burn bridges?

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If your switching big 4 firms, what’s a good reason to give that would be acceptable?

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B4 is just a fast track to a mediocre lower middle class life. Why slave away for it?

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Which Big 4 has the best benefits?

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Poll for the group - How common are PIPs at the various Big 4? Is it like the whole bottom 10% of everyone’s group or a once-in-a-while-this-person-is-dumb kind of thing? Have heard of quite a few within my group and wondering if it’s normal or something isn’t quite right.

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Call your shot. Which Big 4 firm will have the first case of covid-19 in the US? And what office?

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Is working at a Big 4 really that “prestigious”? If so, why? I recruited with Big 4 (rejected by MBB) during college, but ultimately chose ACN for the pay and the culture (at least within the campus recruiting team). Did I make the wrong decision long-term?

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So I work at a small (6 people) accounting firm, not in a big city, but I've been there 3 busy seasons for tax, I've passed 2/4 CPA exams, and I make $40k. No passing bonus, no raise structure, idk what their plan is for me after I get my license, basically no benefits. So I want more, I love the people but I think I should leave, I don't know where to look though. I'm nervous about a big 4, i don't know if I can go industry without big 4 experience, any advice?

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Which Big 4 will be first to get people back in the office? I think the one that can figure it out with the right precautions will be the new leader. It will take some effort, but I think we need to get back to it. Let’s roll our sleeves up and figure this out.

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Can people stop posting their big 4 offers and CPA exam scores on Linkedln?

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I can’t believe how people in Big 4 think what they do matters. Blows my mind.

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What are the personalities of each big 4? Is there really a differentiator in people across each big 4?

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Has any B4 or other PA firms made a statement on what’s going on with the recent riots?

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How do you define EOD if you had to give it a specific hour on the clock? Honestly feel like Big 4 EOD is all over the place - could be 5 PM or 11:59PM 🤷🏻‍♀️

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After working for the B4 for 3 years, I just rejected my first six fig offer. Young me would be so pissed off but life too short to “live to work”.

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What do MBB consultants really think about Big 4 consultants????

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What is the best time to try to jump from a regional firm (top 15) to B4? Post-corona, of course.

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Is it true that people get "Blacklisted" for trying to leave for another Big 4?

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Checklist of personal items to do before leaving a big 4 firm (offer with new job already accepted): 1) get listing of CPE history, 2) print performance reviews, 3) claim any monetary awards for the fiscal year if haven’t already (health, awards, etc), 4) download personal files from computer Anything else?

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Sorry but what do the Art Directors on this app do. I always thought this app was for Big 4 and consulting firms folks.

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Feel really blessed...just got an offer for 150k with 4 YOE in B4 and no MBA

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Covid was a chance for any of the Big 4 to step up and show they really cared about their employees. Unfortunately none have. Can’t say I’m surprised.

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So can we claim the trophy of being the worst of big 4 now? Not to brag, but I think we are kind of in the lead here 🌝

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Does consulting have a drug problem (not alcohol). I just started at big 4 consulting and my parents just started telling me about how so many of their friends in consulting had drug problems. 90s thing or are my parents just crazy?

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I'm really good at my job, a high performer and have visibility with partners. However, I hate it. I wake up in the mornings feeling angry and resentful. I'm not able to exercise creativity as I'd like to, and feel I'd be happier in a completely different field. I'm scared to leave behind the reputation I've built. Big 4, it's safe/comfortable/addictive and Im addicted to being on cruise control. Anyone else been through the same?

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So how much money do you think the Big 4 is saving now that we’re paying all our expenses like electricity, printing, pens, & not expensing any meals and no travel?

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Monday fun: rank big 4 overall subjectively, no reason needed. Here comes mine: Any Big 3>EY.

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Unpopular opinion: the worst part of working in public accounting is listening to people who haven’t worked a day outside Big 4 in their lives complain about how much they hate it.

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Has anyone left big 4 to go to industry and realize you’re working just as much as you did in big 4? What did you do about it?

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Can anyone honestly say “I’m proud to work at my firm” considering all they have done to us these past few months? I do not know a single Big 4 or national firm that has handled this pandemic well.

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Is wearing a luxury piece as an associate acceptable? My family essentially passed down a lot of assets/investments to me after graduating university so I essentially have an 8 figure net worth as a associate auditor 1 at a big 4. I’m looking at getting something like a Urwerk/RM, or a Patel 5711 Nautilus, but I’m very afraid it would look bad for me at work. Any advice is appreciated.

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Advice for younger professionals: Don't stress too much about a job in Big 4. Most people leave after 4ish years anyways. Once you're in your 30s, nobody is going to care about what Tier you got in performance reviews. Focus on growing as a person and enjoying your 20s because they fly by and you only get to be young once

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Big 4 bonuses this year seem to be gone. Prediction: next year’s will as well. Would this (theoretically no bonus till 2022) make you leave consulting?

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Bugs me that none of the Big 4's are named/started/founded by a woman. Sheeesshhhh

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What is the easiest level to get hired at in big 4?

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Honestly in Industry now, I can honestly say B4 over tuned my skills. I find that I absorb information faster than my peers and my deliverable time is quicker.

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Between the entitled clients, all of the fringe benefits being cut (expensing meals, nice hotels when traveling, etc), losing the actual benefits (PTO and bonuses), and nonexistent or minimal pay hikes, why are you still at a B4? Weren’t these things part of the reason you signed? Even if you don’t want to leave PA, why not go to a mid-tier firm, make a lot more money, and have mid-tier clients?

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My client sent me flowers after my wife just gave birth. Is this allowed? I’m at a B4. I know it’s just flowers but not sure lol.

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Went from Audit at a Big 4 to RA at a smaller sized accounting firm. Possibly looking to get back into that same Big 4 I left at and do RA there.. tips? Would the interview process be easier?

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Do people here know of any cases of H1B transfer denial? Moving between Big 4 and MBB, and giving notice tomorrow, but haven't heard back on H1B transfer decision yet (10 days PP).

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Resigning at a Big 4 to go to a MBB. Same practice. Any tips on resigning? This was my first job out of undergrad so not sure what to expect! Thanks in advance for your advice/ pointers 🐠!

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Why stay at a big 4 when tech companies are paying way more, with great benefit, and stock options? Is there light at the end of this tunnel?

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Which Big 4 is the best to be at regarding work culture and benefits? Especially during these tough times.

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If you go from Big 4 to a regional firm, is it tough to go back to Big 4 10 or 15 years later if you want?

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What teams at each big 4 firm cover accounting for restructurings? For example I know FDD does accounting for deals but I’m curious if there is a group that works on bankruptcies?

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Being unattractive in the big 4 is a mentally taxing experience.

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Do Company cards check your credit for Big 4 Amex (EY - but figure it’s all the same) - or does it auto issue? Had some issues a few years back - but recovering my credit score. Afraid I’ll be denied

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Is it okay to wear polos with logos of prior companies you worked for to work at the Big 4? Does it matter if you're on a client vs at the office?

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In terms of "prestige, etc" how would I compare to my friends if they all do audit or tax and I'm in consulting but not at a b4 firm. Better or worse? I feel like there's more value add in what I do

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Have Tag Carrera Calibre 6 that Ive owned for 6yrs and is running FAST - gaining over 1hr / day. Never serviced b4 Current plan is to call Tag and have it shipped to them for servicing. Right move?

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Any one has the post link where few of the ex big 4 leaders opened up a firm and they were looking to make additions to their team? The company is The Antares Company. Please share if anyone has the post saved. Thanks for help in advance.

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Tax Managers/Seniors - who has recently left Big 4 for a corporate role and how has your experience been so far?

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Have been wanting to join another B4’s strategy team, currently doing same thing in a boutique, applied w referrals but still got rejected. Cont.

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Recently promoted to senior in IT audit at a big 4. Should I stay or should I go? The people I liked to work with left. I find SOX boring, I can do it somewhere else with better pay and probably appreciation. I am also ready for a new challenge/opportunity. Should I just stay till manager? Is the grass truly greener on the other side? Would appreciate your advice or experiences.

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Those of you who switched from mid tier to B4, was it the right move? When did you switch?

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Title inflation at Big 4 is hilarious. Looks like anyone can be promoted here. It’ll be a good wake up call when “managers” transition to industry. Lol

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Got "the invite" from a random PPD. I know it's a done deal, but what are the best next steps? Can I negotiate severance? Would love advice from others who have experienced this.

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One of my friends refused to take up finance as a career due to the layoffs.

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How did you get your gig: applying through a site (if so, which one?) or through networking? I’d love to hear specifics if you’re willing to share!

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If you’re interviewing with a ceo - what would you ask?

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1st interview for a job tomorrow, besides recruiter intvw, and recruiter was really interested in why I want to leave after only a year. Writing on the wall says layoffs. Is that an “ok” answer?

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What’s the longest it’s taken for a job to offer you the position after the interview?

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Laid off from Deloitte several months back. Anyone at Bain, BCG, AT Kearney, or Slalom willing to refer me? Resume and other credentials available upon request. Thanks.

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Can I get fired for not agreeing to regular Sun-F travel or will I be rolled off?

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A BTA on my team hasn’t been pulling his weight. During client working hours he steps out to take calls for several firm initiatives he’s helping with (at least 1-3 hours a day). (Cont’d)

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Anyone interviewed with LinkedIn before and prepared for a live SQL test? Do you know what the test is like and what did you study for it?

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Females, are blazers necessary for an interview?

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Panicking a little bit. Laid off, and feel like the employment market is getting colder. Someone please calm me down or reassure me ☹️ Product management and consulting for a combined 7 years....

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Why is nobody talking about the 2 DNC employees who got fired today after getting caught for orchestrating riots at republican rallies? 🤔

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Mega fund PE VP salary? All in?

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How disadvantaged are south asian males when applying to business school?

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Just made a typo in a job application. As a copywriter, does that pretty much mean I won't get the interview?

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Hey Deloitte Folks, what work are you doing in San Diego? I’m beginning to see many reqs come up online in the Cyber field and I’m looking to shift over. Are these the usual road warrior roles?

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