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

Hello everyone, can anyone please tell me here how advisory is different from audit in terms of work life balance and growth perspective? And also which big 4 has better opportunities in FAAS profile ? Looking forward to make switch from audit to advisory.

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has anyone ever interned as KPMG’s Lighthouse Data Engineer and Developer? I’m trying to find out how the work is and if there’s a wide range of exit opportunities. Would you recommend starting off at B4 or just work at a tech comp? KPMG

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What’s your experience in joining a client on permanent role? I’m working for one of the Big 4 and planning to join the client directly. Which of the Big 4s create trouble? Any workaround?

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Hi folks, how much salary increment one should ask while switching from Big 4 in India to another Big 4 in Middle East?

Hi All, I need some suggestions. I am currently working in a Big 4 post my MBA from tier 2 IIM college as consultant but the work is pure PMO work which I am doing right now. I am completely confused about my career track and have no idea whether the PMO work will help me or not in long run. Not sure about the exit opportunities from this role? And what if I keep doing this pmo work, where will I land up? I wish to transit into a product manager or may be program manager role.

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Hi All, I need some suggestions. I am currently working in a Big 4 post my MBA from tier 2 IIM college as consultant but the work is pure PMO work which I am doing right now. I am completely confused about my career track and have no idea whether the PMO work will help me or not in long run. Not sure about the exit opportunities from this role? And what if I keep doing this pmo work, where will I land up? I wish to transit into a product manager or may be program manager role.

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How long does the EY referral process take for ey tech risk? Looking to get an offer by december so I can quit my current big 4 right before holidays

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How difficult is it to be counseled out at Big 4 firms? Is it common or do you really have to mess up? Are any of the firms more cutthroat than the others?

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Have had a lot of friends in Big 4 tech consulting transition to “solution engineering” in industry. Is this description accurate?

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Thoughts on technology in deals at b4?

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Armanino - RAAS Construction team, anyone knows about the firm; culture; pay compared to B4?

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Hii, I recently received offer from my previous organization (that I left 2 months ago) to join them back with a 50% hike on current salary. Both firms are Big 4. Should I take or pass it with a point of view that my CV might become unfavourable fo any future change?

2 YOE at a big 4 150k base and stock for a product marketing job at a growing tech company that IPOed a few years ago (so not FAANG). Role is also 100% remote Not 100% sure I want to get into PMM though. Would you take this?

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Managers+ in Industry, what do you honestly think of applicants who worked at the Big 4/PA for only one year? The rule of thumb has been stay until senior associate at the very least, but I’ve seen a great number of 1st or 2nd years leave and get the same great roles as Seniors. I’m surprised it didn’t affect their prospects at all.

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Is it bad to leave a firm after only a couple months, due to HR related circumstances? Currently interviewing at another firm and if all goes well, I may take that opportunity. How would I present/not present this on LinkedIn, or just in general? It would be same location, higher position, higher salary (+10-15%), and prestige (B4). Would be a great opportunity but worried about leaving after a couple months, but can’t really explain that unless I speak to someone.

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Looking for some insight on a Business Value Services Consultant role at Salesforce. I have 5 YOE doing SAP implementations for multiple clients at B4 and am very well versed in supply chain processes/integrations. Anybody know what the role is like or what the pay might look like?

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If switching from one big 4 firm to another how does switching over cell phone plans work?

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Which B4 has the biggest accounting advisory group? My first thought is EY FAAS

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Does anyone have any recommendations for best companies to look into for BizOps roles in the ATX area? Currently 2 YOE as a Big 4 C with a variety of engagement experiences (i.e., no specialization)

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Has anyone who went risk at big 4 ever left into strategy? If so how did you manage to do it? I have an offer in big 4 risk for 2022 and struck out so far in strategy recruiting. ( Non target)

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PwC employees. What’s the range for senior associate salary? Applying for a few tech related positions and wanted to see how much I can ask for. Is 95k-105k too much? I have an MBA with 5+ years experience last 2 at a big 4. Also what do you think of the PWC work culture, How are employees treated there, How do raises work yearly, etc?

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What’s are good interview questions to ask someone who just has their resume filled with buzzwords and jargon? It’s a b4 consultant and the bullet points just make my head spin. I want to basically ask ‘what do you even do’ - industry role

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Valuation senior managers - what is the starting base at big 4 (medium to high COL - NYC, Boston, Philly…)

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If I’m in an M&A tax associate at a Big 4, is lateraling into a corporate group, not tax, in a Big Law firm easily done? Thinking NY market.

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Question for the big-4 partners & principals, relative to the previous years ,was there a big jump in per share or per EPU(earnings per unit) for FY21? associated to operational spend reduction was significant is my understanding. Secondly do you expect that to stay in the coming years or drop back to the normal levels / progression ? it seems like per the earning seemed to hit the targets and expenses down.

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Question for the big-4 partners & principals, relative to the previous years ,was there a big jump in per share or per EPU for FY21? associated to operational spend reduction was significant is my understanding. Secondly do you expect that to stay in the coming years or drop back to the normal levels / progression ?

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Busy season doesn't really feel like it used to be anymore. I think before, it was generally understood it would take half of the time of the year, but now it feels like it covers 70 to 90% of the year. I would love to hear if this is the feeling from people who work at big 4, mid tier/regional and small boutique cpa firms?

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I'm about to join EY GDS SAT team as SBA - Strategy. Not from a big 4 background but from business research background. What type of work can I expect day in day out, culture and most important the tools I'll be working upon. As in my current role we don't have exposure to tools a lot. Any important skills one should have to excel in this role, In my current organization there is a mandatory training culture with respect to role one is hired for. Does EY has something Similar? Thanks!

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Just finished my first year in Big 4 Tech Consulting. Got highest possible marks and am starting to get frustrated by lackluster learning opportunities (still have not met a soul that I work with in person) and the allure of consulting is completely dead for me at this point. I know the job market at Tech companies is hot right now… but I feel I may be a bit too early to jump ship. Should I wait until the first big promotion / increase for leverage, or is Big Tech actually hiring 1 YoE Analysts?

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I just left a Big 4 firm to Fund Accounting in hopes of better WLB, but now it’s looking like the hours will probably be even worse (60/70+ average weekly) throughout the year. I feel like I was misled during the interview process regarding the workload. Would it be a bad idea to try to return to my firm or another accounting firm? Another industry job? How bad is it to leave a job after just starting? Any advice welcome!

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Has anyone left Big 4 Audit tech for Accenture tech and want to share their experience? Trying to decide if I should make the move

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I just left a Big 4 firm to Fund Accounting in hopes of better WLB, but now it’s looking like the hours will probably be even worse (60/70+ average weekly) throughout the year. I feel like I was misled during the interview process regarding the workload. Would it be a bad idea to try to return to my firm or another accounting firm? Another industry job? How bad is it to leave a job after just starting? Any advice welcome!

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Any consultants at a big 4 or elsewhere, did you get the job through a traditional application process, or a recruiter/referral/networking? Curious to hear people’s stories.

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In B4 deal analytics and have been trying to leave since pre-covid. Anyone have insights on what types of roles would be good fits? Thinking maybe I’ve been applying to too many stretch roles.

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Hi everyone! I need some advice. I got two offers, both in Tax Tech as senior associate, one at a B4 and the other in industry. I’ve got a couple YOE in tax compliance, but concerned if leaving PA would be a good decision. TIA!!

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Which big 4 would be better for M&A? I'm interested in eventually attempting a lateral transfer into investment banking. I know it's a long reach but want to have an option that doesn't involve getting an MBA. Thanks!

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Help me choose between these offers: €105k TC corp strat SM at a DAX company in Germany in a LCOL but nice city. €7.5k signing bonus + relocation. Culture is pretty good, pay should go up to €130k+ within a couple of years. $200k base M at B4 in Chicago. The culture is the culture. $25k signing bonus. Long-term, I'd rather live in Germany, but I have a personal network in Chicago from business school so either is fine in the short-term. Thanks for your input.

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I’m late stage recruiting for a Big 4 senior consultant role, financial transformation in HCOL. 7 years industry experience in FP&A. Does anyone know what a reasonable pay band should be?

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Is it a bad time to apply for positions at b4 strategy groups because of campus hiring? I have 2 YOE

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Currently starting my second year in PA Total experience: 1 year FT (2 busy seasons), 2 Big 4 internships ( 1 busy season, 1 summer) Don’t think PA is really for me - it’s really pushing on my mental health, especially through busy season. Currently interviewing for positions in industry, with an interest in Real Estate/ AM firms. Is that an industry you can really grow and learn? Anyone know the hour expectations? What are the salary expectations?

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I got a $8,000 raise for year end and promotion, and no bonus. I just got written offer from other big 4 for 40k more then I am making at Deloitte.

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I passed my CPA exams, waiting for my license now, will take about 4-5 months. Should I look for a new job now or wait for my license, aiming for B4 audit senior.

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Can anyone recommend good certifications for Risk and Compliance profile? I need recommendations for certifications which would help me climb up the ladder in the organisation or make a place at the Big 4's.

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Hi fishes :) Need some suggestions from the PWC peeps. My directorial round with PWC is scheduled for tomorrow. Any suggestions please? What are the probable questions will be? I've asked for 12LPA but they said the budget is 9LPA..I've 6.5yrs of experience as a BA & scrum master (ctc : 6.55 LPA) What do you all suggest? Shall I consider pwc as It's a part of BIG 4 and other facilities and brand-value or capegemini/Cerner india (the pay scale will be higher most probably) Thanks in advance.

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I received a verbal offer to go to a B4. It’s been about a week since then. They haven’t gone entirely dark, but how confident can I be that they’re not stringing me along, and that they may cancel?

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Change management professionals - average salary with the big 4 as an SM?

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Any former Big 4 auditors which switched to controlling/FP&A/internal audit care to share their experience on the new job? Is it more interesting? You feel like you actually help the business? and promotion is harder to get as many say? Thanks!

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How is Udaan as a start up. I am in big 4 and have got an offer from Udaan

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Working as an audit staff in big 4 shared service centre. It's been 2 years. I really don't like what I do there, also it seems I won't like what I'll be doing there even after becoming senior. Thinking of leaving and joining industry once ACCA qualified. (One more paper left). But people around me discourage that growth potential and earnings in industry are way less compared to public accounting. I know that too but I still want to leave. I'd like to stick to core accounting. Thoughts pls

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How is B4 life when you have small kids and a nonworking spouse?

Better to be a big fish in a small pond or a little fish in a big pond for MBA apps (I.e. superstar at B4 or mediocre/below average at MBB; metaphorically speaking ofc, ik the B4 is technically bigger in terms of size but you understand the point in terms of competitiveness)?

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Are there any Big 4 or middle market firms that have national tax/policy (WNTS, NTS, etc.) practices that won’t work you to death?

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Does loyalty to a particular firm matter or should one keep switching every 2-3 years to maximize ctc? Will ctc increase by the same amount if you stay long term in a firm? From a big 4 perspective, will loyalty and number of years at the firm matter to make partner?

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Anyone at McK implementation doing change management? looking to move from b4

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Seeking advice on how to choose between a mid tier technical accounting advisory offer and Big 4 audit. Worked in audit at a local firm and wanted a bigger platform. Would love to switch to advisory to be more well rounded. Mid tier advisory offers higher salary but also thinking big 4 has a better platform and maybe better exit opportunities in the long run? Insights please.

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Anyone switch careers entirely? I have 2 years in Big 4 under my belt and honestly no desire to be a senior in public and feel like I’d be bored as a staff accountant. Feeling really pigeonholed and want to change careers but not even sure where to begin

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Does Big 4 hires H1-B transfers for the positions that they originally don’t hire someone for who would go through H1-B lottery?

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Got a verbal offer from a big 4 a month ago, discussed salary expectations 3 weeks ago, still no offer letter. Firm has to let me know it should be coming soon. Are these normal timelines?

Curious the pay difference. What general pay range (US) can someone with 3-5 years of PMO/functional consulting for SAP S4HANA Cloud & On Prem experience expect at a big 4 firm with an MBA(not that having the MBA matters a ton)?

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Do recruiters assume everyone in b4 either an accountant or auditor?

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What % bump would it take for you to an industry position?

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Renting a 1Br apt in San Mateo/Foster city. 807sqft and $3200/month. Do I rent or buy furniture like bed/mattress/sofa ? Thanks!

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Men’s hair style/ facial hair, and interviewing at Big4 poll: 1. Ok to have longer hair 2. Only medium/short hair is professional 3. Trimmed beard & mustache ok 4. Only mustache ok 5. Long beards ok 6. Clean shaven only 7. Hair style/facial hair have no relevance

Anyone given the Googlyness and Leadership interview? What kind of questions are asked?

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I got a $8,000 raise for year end and promotion, and no bonus. I just got written offer from other big 4 for 40k more then I am making at Deloitte.

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Hi fishes, how much salary one can expect with 2 YOE for below skills: ABAP, SAP, BRF+,ODATA, RAP, RICEF Development. Current ctc: 4lpa

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I am looking for a referral for Program Manager job at Slalom. Please PM me. Thanks

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Hello, Will anyone give me a referral to Oliver Wyman? :)

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How much is per hour rate of big data architect in DC/ NJ area. Have 14 YOE and want to move from consulting into contracting. Other than employment taxes and health insurance what are other expense

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Interviewing as a Finance Manager for a company halfway across the country. Relocation hasn’t been brought up yet. They know I’m out of state. Can I assume relocation will be offered since they didn’t say it wasn’t? Should I ask before going onto the final round of interviews? Company is owned by Fortune 500 company and has over $250 m in revenue. Also what could I expect to be included in the package? I’ll be a individual contributor.

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Is it really worth it to get your Masters degree! Or is the extra increase in salary just going to go to student loans?

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Anyone looking to hire a program/project manager?

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Happy Friday fellow comsultanites! Friday is like putting your first foot into the proverbial weekend hot tub. List something you’re pumped to do with your precious time outside of client pain

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What does it mean when the hiring agency tells you that they need to do duo diligence before making the final job offer? They have already done multiple interviews and background reference check.

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EY-P TSE vs ACN Management Consulting - which one would you prefer in terms of growth opportunity and interesting work? Senior Associate/Consultant level. No MBA.

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So if I split a referral bonus 50/50 and Im the one who got it. Do i just split 50% of the net i received after deductions?

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Currently talking to recruiters for a new job and it is honestly such a turnoff when they talk too much about having a strong company culture and/or talking about making sure I'm a good fit culturally. For me that borders on culty and is a red flag. I would much rather hear from a recruiter that a workplace's "culture" is that they are accepting of all cultures, diversity, and personality types.

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Is it worth driving 1hour+ each way for free childcare twice per week? We are having trouble finding a quality nanny for two days (we have a great nanny on other two days). Rather than continuing to pay big $$$ for inconsistent and unreliable care, it thinking of driving to my dads house to let him take the kids while I work from his home office. May be problematic if Both me and my husband are needed in the office. Do you think it’s a good idea? Will save me $260 per day / $520 per week

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Hey! — one of our portfolio companies in the healthcare space is looking for someone to build out its customer success function. Looking for senior manager/principal, healthcare exp required, dm me!

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Any thoughts on Infosys digital practice? How’s the work? The culture? The growth opportunities?

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