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

Facebook vs Google - What are some of the biggest work culture differences btwn the two? Particularly for someone coming from big 4 into tech.

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Joining as a Senior Consultant to Big 4. My PPT skills are limited. How do I make up for this skill gap? Any resources you would recommend?

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FDD at shop like Houlihan, A&M, etc. or data analytics at a B4 firm within the deals/TS space? Does one set me up better in the long run? Interested in both and long term career goals are fluid at this point in my career.

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Can anyone at D confirm or deny? Is this group specific? Hoping this kicks it off B4 wide.

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Are all IT Audit ( Big 4?Risk assurance, PwC DAT, PwC Tech Risk) have a year long busy season? I am curious as to my firm busy season is now really “busier season” because we have been legit busy all year

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Who out of the big 4 does the most innovative/interesting work in Healthcare/life sciences? Currently at Deloitte

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AlixPartners fish, I am expecting an offer for SVP in the digital practice. I need to give them my comp expectation today. Currently M at B4 with 15 yrs in industry and 2 yrs in consulting. What is the total comp (base+ bonus) that I can ask for? What sign-on bonus is typical? Thanks in advance AlixPartners

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Preparing for a final interview with a director at Accenture. It's a case study interview. I have never done any of this but have been preparing looking with resources on the net to have a structure how to respond. Any advice for me for those at Accenture or big 4 who have done this? I have come this far for the final stages and can't afford to not get this job now

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My husband and I were watching the LuLaRich documentary and he pointed out the the big 4 firms are very similar to MLM pyramid schemes. 😆🤔🧐

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It’s pretty wild how much Big 4 demonizes people who leave. Even worse if you’re looking to jump to a competitor. It’s never that serious

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Hi fishes, Need advice from consulting folks. Currently working with big 4 in management consulting-advisory. About to bag an offer from BCN. Is it a good move ? I want to go to pure consulting in future (currently 3 YOE) but BCN I heard is mainly backend role. I'm getting associate 2 role there. Also what is the hierarchy if anyone from bain here.

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What are the pros and cons of each of the Big 4 firms? Deloitte, KPMG, EY, and PWC. Deloitte is absolutely draconian on ‘firm initiatives’ and insane culture-fit timesucks. I’m curious about KPMG & EY because PWC is also known for being a bit toxic with overwork.

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What city in FL has the largest Big 4 presence?

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S1 in B4 deal advisory (FDD). any insight on how I might be able to transition to one of the other shops like A&M?

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“Big 4 or bust” is becoming a mantra of the past.

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I received an offer from Big 4 for an SC3 role. The offer states that I will be eligible for a salary adjustment in Oct 2022. What does this mean? Is that when annual raises occur, or will they review my performance and determine if I should be promoted to manager? I have enough YOE for a manager, but the team recommends that I come in as SC3 to learn how things are done since I have no prior consulting experience.

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I am confused to choose from below, Please help me in terms of WLB and Career Growth Big 4 : 24 LPA fixed Top Investment Bank : 26 LPA fixed Location : Bangalore Both as Senior Developer for Product Development.

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Are companies looking to hire more minorities and people who identify as LGBTQ+? I saw a post about a job listing for a Big 4 and it said it had a strong preference for people who identify as LGBTQ+ or a minority racial group. Does this mean they have a higher chance of getting the job? Not trying to start any political debates, I’m just generally curious.

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Experienced hires who have recently joined Big 4, how rough has the transition been?

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I just moved to a foreign country and I am really in need of a job. I applied to a big 4 and spent weeks making it through interviews only to get turned down, because they wanted someone with big 4 experience. How can I get big 4 experience if a big 4 isn’t willing to hire me? I feel defeated.

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Anyone at b4 merge your phone number to the company issued cell phone? Do they get to keep your number if you leave? I’ve had the same phone number my entire life and don’t want to lose it…not that I ever plan on leaving.

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I’m an incoming AC1 at Bain and I have spent the summer studying a bit for the GMAT since we had a stipend. I took it with no practice and received a 640. After studying on an off for a couple of months I received a 690. I’m likely going to cancel the score since I realize it isn’t enough for M7. To provide some more insight on my profile. I graduated undergrad from UofM BBA Magna Cum Laude, have interned in Big 4 consulting, IB, and VC, and I’m an Asian-American. What should I do?

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Is it possible/good idea to move as a PPMD in a national firm if you are Senior Manager in a Big 4?

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Have an offer in industry. It’s a relatively new company that is growing fast and lots of opportunity to move up quickly and make a difference. Salary increase wouldn’t be large but enough to make a difference. My heart wants to do it but there is risk involved - not as much stability as the Big 4 company I work for and I’m supporting a family. What do I do? Follow my passion or stay in the safe zone given things are still up in the air with Covid? I appreciate your opinion fishes!

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Help! Would it be wrong to leave a boutique after only 2-3 months for a big 4 offer? Higher position, higher salary, still FS. I feel bad because I don’t have that many complaints right now. Project is fine, my immediate colleague is great. But I am not really a fan of upper management. I just see much more pros at the big 4. Don’t know how to mention to my firm now.

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I currently work for a large NFP, and the work is very boring and I’m considering going back into public accounting. I have 4 years of public accounting experience (2 years with a National Top 25 firm) and about 4 years of mostly NFP experience. Working on the CPA license now and plan to be done by December. Any tips for someone who left public and want to go back? Maybe Big 4?

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Has anyone left for a local firm and bounced back to top 10/big 4 or top 10? I've been interested in working at a local firm for some time, have an opportunity, but want the opportunity to get back to something larger if I learn I hate it.

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If anyone with MC experience is interested in big 4 roles in Auckland, hit me up 😊

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So, do B4 typically ghost candidates they are not interested in or do they generally let them know they weren’t selected?

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Is it wrong/bad to accept a job offer for a position which you have gone through the interview process for that requires 2 more years of experience than you currently have? It is for SC at B4. I just recently became C.

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What are hours like in B4 advisory (IT, AAS, risk mainly)? Considering west coast positions

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Tax manager role at a fintech startup. What kind of salary should one expect? Do they typically offer equity as well? And most importantly, would this be a good exit option for someone with a compliance heavy background that does not want to be a partner at B4

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I’m a recent master’s grad at a small/midsize defense consulting firm in DC. I’ve been at the firm for a few months and it isn’t a great fit - I don’t have enough work to do and want to be compensated at market value. I’m still under review for a secret clearance. I’m hoping to break into big 4+ to expand professional development/opportunities and a higher compensation range. Any tips, those willing to serve as referrals, or chat further?

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Has any JD in big 4 gone back and gotten their LLM? Can you talk about your experience?

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Hi Fishes, I have joined the big 4 now. I am getting more offer from capgemini now and other service based MNCs. How absconding works for Big 4, will there be any negative impact. Do I need to serve notice. Can anyone please help here urgently. Thanks in advance

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How are hours at big 4? In strategy/transaction teams

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Thoughts on switching from big 4 to mid tier?

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What is the range for a senior consultant in Advisory (FRA)? Currently at 100k (another big 4) in the dc area so what kind of bump should i expect

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I want to go back to a smaller firm. B4 was a big mistake for my mental health.

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40 years in Big 4 - worked for 5 of the old Big 8 in three different parts of the country. Glad to answer any questions. Fire away.

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How many years does one have to spend at a B4 in order for it to really stand out on the resume?

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Just left Big 4 consulting for sales strategy at a Tier 2 tech co (LinkedIn, Salesforce, etc.). Bain reached out today, any good reason to entertain?

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A friend of mine from the Big 4 is leaving to go for his PhD this fall. I actually have considered doing that myself at some point. How much demand is out there for professors in the next 5-10 years?

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Is there a prestige gap between the big 4 and ACN that is big enough to be worth taking a detour to the big four before exiting consulting? Depending on your perspective you might not see acn as less prestigious than say ey/pwc/kpmg but curious what people think the general perception is. (Not talking about strategy& or Parthenon)

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Which Partner should you give your notice to at B4? Do you start with the highest, like region sub service line leader or just the highest you have a good relationship with, like a local or area partner? Not sure if any Partners would be offended that you didn’t tell them “first” even if you talked to them in the same day or so.

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Thoughts on leaving a B4 for Mid market firm like BDO? Will my stress level/hours go down or is it just the same thing somewhere else?

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How much do cyber partners make in the big 4? First 5 years and beyond?

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How much do audit partners at big 4 firms make? What about 2nd tier firms?

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So does anyone know anything about EY/Big 4 in Hawaii?

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Congrats to all the folks who got promoted this year! Happy for everyone but still feeling a little blue.. was really hoping to make it to the next level this year. Looking for some advice.. do I slog it out for one more year in current big 4 or do I try to jump to another firm at the next level?

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Looking to switch to EY cyber as a senior consultant. How many months of big 4 cyber experience post Masters is encouraged/required for the role?

Moved to D F&EP as a C at 125 last Jan from another B4. Accenture Strategy CFO&EV is offering me 130 as a C2. Worth the move? Pros: work and comp / title progression Cons: starting from scratch

I’m doing a video interview tomorrow with another big 4. If it was in the office, I’d wear a suit. It’s not obviously so what do I wear?

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I see some of my peers leaving tech consulting in PwC to accept a position as a product manager in tech companies like amazon, google, Salesforce, qualtrics, doordash, etc? How is the transition like? Or how TC in a B4 compares to PM in a big tech company?

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What is the expected salary for a PE Ops manager exit after 7 years at big 4?

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Looking at exit opportunities and job description says Big 4 experience in addition to helping prepare FS and helping prepare tax forms. I mean in Big 4 you're either in audit or tax.

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Thoughts on cyber exit opportunities from B4 to tech or defense firms with 2 years of software security experience and active sec+? Have heard work life balance and hands on experience are more common in industry

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What’s the going salary for a new manager in the Atlantic coast? I’m seeing the low end on robert half’s salary guide is $87k. Any truth to that? Audit SL

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I’ve been terminated by my firm. Is there a reason not to sign the separation agreement and accept severance?

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If you get laid off as green card holder, do you have to go back to your home country? Can I take contract jobs while searching for full time?

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Work at a hold co and tired of hearing the ceo’s are in it with us and taking cuts? I call BS on that! They are only reducing salary and will still earn millions. Omnicom John Wren - $19,818,780 in 2019, his 2020 sacrifice = 5.05% reduction. IPG – Michael Roth $16,590,172 in 2019 his 2020 sacrifice is undisclosed. WPP Mark Read £2,594,000 in 2019 his 2020 sacrifice = 1.88% reduction. Publicis Arthur Sadoun €3,265,800 in 2019 his 2020 sacrifice = 4.6% reduction.

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What is required to roll off a project at K?

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Looking to flip to a firm with less travel. I live in Colorado and work with planning software. Anyone know of any good firms to apply to?

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What do you say when an outspoken client (read: a-hole) blasts in a meeting- “are u going to charge the big bucks while on vacation end of Dec” Urrgghh

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Who else is on permanent work from home?

What’s the EY Marriott code?

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The recruitment that is being done for project specific roles, what happens once the project is done? How's the bench system in mindtree? Do they throw people out in that case??

Do Mid Tier firms have similar exit opportunities as Big 4? I am moving to a mid tier as a Sr and want to stay until Sr Mgr at least, but curious about exit oops after that.

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Are MDs at EY pension eligible? What"s the formula?

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Facebook vs Google - What are some of the biggest work culture differences btwn the two? Particularly for someone coming from big 4 into tech.

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My husband and I were watching the LuLaRich documentary and he pointed out the the big 4 firms are very similar to MLM pyramid schemes. 😆🤔🧐

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Atl hoe!

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If you were a graduate fresh out of college with a degree in finance, your Series 7, and your Series 66, what position/company would you go for, knowing what you know now? Thanks

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I hate the McKinsey culture but enjoy consulting. Might I enjoy BCG more?

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