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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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I guess it depends where the guilt is coming from.

Do you feel like you still would like to pursue being a partner? It’s not super common but you could always boomerang. I think more than any other reason this is something to consider.

Is it feeling like your team will have to pick up your work? This is the reason you should feel the least guilty/not guilty at all. Actually spend the next 30 days documenting whatever a new person would need to know to pick up your responsibilities with little to no background. The reality is we are all pretty replaceable and the best this you can do is set the person taking over for you up for success.

Do you like your team? Cool- stay in touch and you may actually develop these relationships into friendships as opposed to just colleagues who you know through mutual boredom and proximity. Culture and people are super important, but inevitably people come and go in Big4.

Not sure? A lot of people rarely change jobs unless let go or at some pain point in their career so there seems to be weird feelings around leaving a role. Feel confident about what you’ve learned and leave on a high note. Be gracious about towards the people you worked for and with. I assure you no one will think poorly of you unless they are a total jerk.

The economy is definitely very uncertain right now and unless someone is being very pessimistic I think it’s hard to predict what the next 12 months will look like. With that said certain sectors of the economy are growing rapidly while others are crashing. If you found something solid in a growth area, that is about as good a bet as anyone can make right now.

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You have to do what’s best for you. Stop living for others and let go of the guilt. It’s a large company, they will manage. Your health, happiness, and well-being is of upmost importance. I recently left a job where I was working for my favorite boss of all time and was in tears for the guilt I felt since she was the best and also because I knew the additional stress she’d have with me gone. But it’s business - you cant take it personally. She was also so happy for me and gave me the sweetest farewell. It’s never easy to say goodbye but always worth it when you know you made the right move and do what’s best for you.

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Don’t feel guilty. Teams always find a way. Also out of curiosity, how much is the bump in PTO?

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Ha, what is this company and are they still hiring? 😂 PTO is my favorite benefit

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No. Turnover is part of the business model. Tell them you took another job and can stay on until X date. Congrats on the offer.

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Leave bud

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How do people feel guilty for leaving a job? I have never been brainwashed this amount of loyalty to a company like it was my family like some of the people who post on here leaving big 4

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If you have everything in hand, ( signed offer, drug test completed, etc.), Go ahead provide your notice now. The 30 day notice will be sufficient the for them to adjust the workload for this fall. Given the current economic environment, nothing is certain these days so jump at the opportunity to join your dream company.

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^^ this

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You’re not privy to the discussions, but executives at your firm are undoubtedly discussing whether or not they’ll need to lay off employees due to lower than normal attrition.

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This!

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Congrats OP. Don’t worry about the office. It sucks but ultimately its up to the firm who should not be overworking people to a point where the excess workload is not easily absorbed

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Big 4 is used to turnover, they will replace you just like they replaced the last guy/girl. It's your career, not theirs. Just tell them you found a great opportunity. If you truly built relationships with your team members, they will be happy for you, not ask you to stay just for them lol. Congrats on the new job!

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LEAVE! don’t ever feel like you OWE a company ESPECIALLY if your move is towards your own goals.

Never choose your teams/company’s good over your own.

They will get over it. And even if they take offense you will hopefully be working at your dream company with great benefits and a 15K pay bump

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The all mighty Green Dot forgives you.

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No don't feel sorry for big4 ever. Maybe if it was a small firm and the head partner was a family member, otherwise never feel guilty about leaving.

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Deloitte? I would leave

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LEAVE

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Go for it, I guarantee your Big 4 firm will survive

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Put in your two weeks, three if your feeling extra nice and take some time off before you start your new gig. That’s all you owe anyone at your current firm. Wrap up your work, leave on a good note and look forward to your new role.

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Congrats OP! Leave and take a month off

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My logical answer is “leave for sure!” But internally I would feel the same guilt....so I get it

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Don’t feel guilty. Just tell them sooner rather than later and do your best to wrap up.

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Stockholm syndrome!!

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