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Anyone leave the big 4 risk space for a regional firm? I am thinking of making the switch - I don’t like the factory firm feel. Anyone have any insight?

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Coming from someone who’s been in both, I actually found there to be a worse “factory feel” at the regional.

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Went from B4 risk to regional external audit. Pros and cons to both, the regional is slower promo timeline, but my "per hour" [salary/charge hours for the year] is a lot higher. It can feel like a factory line unless you're auditing advanced/challenging areas or companies that have activity during the year. I work on more clients and don't hyper focus on internal controls as much.

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I tried and went back to big 4; I didn’t like the lack of guidance and resources for me to access and with project execution tends to be very lean due to budget consciousness; Also - managers have to deal with staffing fights for the high performers on a weekly basis and monitor to make sure they don’t lose their team (not enough resources)

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I did. Lasted a year and went back to big 4.

What didn’t you like?

Good to know! Thanks all. I think I’m just going to wait for a little (I’m a staff) and see if I like being in a bigger firm as I move up the ranks. ☺️

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