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At what level leaving Big 4 makes the most sense?

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After 1 busy season as a senior

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I'd say Senior 1 or 2 because you have that on your resume

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Depends what your looking for. My thought is that at senior you will have the most options cause everyone needs someone to do the work. On the other side if you make manager, your move will be more lucrative

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Manager

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Senior manager here - heavy manager / light senior manager. You learn a lot leading up to that point so you really beef up your technical. At least for me, after that, there is a lot more sales / client responsibilities so that skill set is not as useful in private. Also - pay jump for leaving is not as good

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At least manager for a real bump in pay. A couple of years as mgr best

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Manager

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Depends on the life you want to lead. Get three years under your belt, but hell, it really depends. Are you going out on your own? Then it doesn’t matter. If you want to get the most bang foe your buck career-wise, go out as a manager, but not a senior manager or else they’ll think you couldn’t promote to partner...

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If you're already working at Big4, you waited too long to leave. :-)

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