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Bad work life balance, mediocre pay, low odds of making partner, increasingly long road to partnership, little control over the projects you’re staffed on, independence requirements, this list could go on. Is the Big 4 really worth it... I am increasingly thinking it’s not.

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They’d have to pay bonuses to reduce them in the first place.

Sounds like you’re at KPMG. Leave.

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Ha nope. At least not coming in from junior levels. I wouldn’t have made it all those years. Instead I spent 8 years in corporate then joined the craziness.

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Why is making partner so important to consultants? I think making enough money and having somewhat of a WLB is best. $300-400k TC working 50-55 hours max is perfect.

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Idk if this is bitterness but FAANG sux

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It is a perfectly fine launching board. I don’t know about the long term prospects of staying however

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Great launching board but the grind after consulting novelty wears off is brutal. Independence and difficulty to work on side hustles was #1 reason I quit tho.

Uni --> Big 4 --> something else

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Me thinks not

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Spend 2-3 years there then bounce

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The strategy ringfences (EYP / S&) seem to pay really well and have similar exit options to MBB.

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I'm dipping in 2-3 years

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