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Anyone who went to big 4 as an experienced hire? How was your experience? I’m struggling and not sure if this is the right fit for me

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I did three years at a small firm then went to KPMG as an S1. Started during busy season. It sucked and the learning curve was high but find some good friends and ask a lot of questions. You know more than you think. Audit standards don’t change from firm to firm. There were pros and cons on each side. But I’d do it again

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I did GT -> B4 as an audit senior. Culture shock was the largest struggle for me (being on a large toxic team year round with no other clients/teams to compare to) . I eventually left that team and found a better “home” on other teams that I felt better connections with. I should’ve done that sooner than I did, I wasted too much time trying to fit in with people who were just the worst. The changes to the work/documentation got easier for me over time. I actually learned to prefer B4’s documentation and resources for guidance. I’d suggest having a couple go-to people who you can ask questions to (maybe your peer advisor and one person on your team). If something isn’t working, there are plenty of other opportunities within each B4 firm. Don’t be afraid to speak with your counselor and make a change.

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Yup. Ultimately the recruiting slogan is correct: It is all about the people. There a certain number of toxic/miserable teams and certain number of professional/reasonable teams out there. It's pretty much a crapshoot as to where you can land. Main thing is that if you're miserable, you can get out. It's not gonna hurt your resume as you might be told--the rest of the world totally understands the B4 HR model.

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I started last week and if it’s so much to learn. Just wondering if we’d get promoted this year

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Started as a TCII with zero tax experience and started remotely in the height of the pandemic (came from practicing law in a totally different area). I spent about 6 months in compliance/accounting role HORRIBLY struggling because I didn’t know anything when it came to accounting, was totally unfamiliar with how to prep a tax return, the software, etc. it was just all so foreign to me and no matter how much I tried, I constantly felt like a failure. I spoke with my coach and PPMD after the first busy season (after a mental breakdown or two) and ended up switching at my request to a consulting-heavy role within the service line to a group that comprised mostly of other attorneys as well. Ended up utilizing my strengths as a researcher and writer that I developed as a lawyer and am now killing it. I’d also like to echo what some posters above are saying about people as well, I was fortunate to work with awesome people in that first group (and now too!!) and that really mitigated a lot of the anxiety and stress that I felt that I wasn’t enough — they were so easy to talk to, ask questions, and give me the help and direction I needed. Without them, I would have easily quit in those first six months. Find your strengths and own it and switch groups/areas if need be, it can make all the difference. The B4 is huge and there’s a vast variety of roles available.

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I started as a senior. Transferred from industry accounting. I was usually one of the strongest technical people on my team but always lagged behind on client service/PwC specific things. I’m glad I stuck it out for a few years for the experience but ultimately happier now that I’m back in industry.

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What kind of an experience are you having? Long hours? Lack of knowledge transfer? Lack of support?

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