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Anyone move from a Big 4 to a regional firm? What was your experience like?

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You should try BDO. Same resources and pay as big 4 with less hours and more flexibility

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RIP resources

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RIP charge card and not having to worry about CPEs but Hello to increased flexibility, no calls / emails in the evenings and weekends

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I've worked for a regional firm my whole career so I can't compare to Big 4. I can tell you that I never worry about CPE (you might, if you go to a shitty firm) and I usually work between 50-60 hours a week during busy season. I still have stress, and get calls on nights and weekends. The upside is that I get experience in EVERYTHING, on a much smaller scale - running the job from start to finish including drafting the financials. The audit teams are usually about 3 people, plus manager and partner. The audits usually last 1 to 6 weeks. The downside is if you're looking to move to industry, a lot of big companies want big 4. I think the key is to go to a reputable firm that is a thought leader in a specific industry.

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It's kind of like going from MLB to the minor leagues but the pay is still good relatively for PA

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My buddy went from KPMG to RSM McGladery and said while the miscellaneous nonsense perks might not be as good he is significantly less stressed.

I enjoyed my time at a smaller national firm a little more than my Big 4 experience. I feel significantly more utilized for sure and more pressure.

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Are exit opportunities significantly worse?

Yep, like the culture and work much more. Just depends on firm and who you will be working with, do your due diligence.

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