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Big 4 folks, if regional and even local CPA firms pay similar with better work life balance.... why not bounce ? (For folks who want to stay in public or don't know about going to industry yet).

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In my area they pay slightly better (1-3k) but the work life balance isn't noticeably better. Also, many of the bigger industry jobs want big four experience. I.e. I was looking at accounting jobs at Nike, they all stated they wanted big four. If that's what you want, I could see staying in big four. Also, some people believe big four has greater job security (I don't believe it)

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^good to know, thanks. I actually have 3 years industry exp prior to GT. So think I did this a little backwards. But yeah. I have 2 big name financial institutions, consulting firm in NYC and three gov agencies behind me. I should be alright. I think anyway

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I'm at a regional and we had some people get industry jobs at large publicly traded companies and they've had no prior big4 experience.

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In my area at least regional and locals aren't even close to pay or experience. You don't have a choice in some areas.

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GT - you should be fine. From my experience I've found those requirements to always just be guidelines but they aren't followed strictly. I think they more just want to know you're competent and capable of performing the duties.

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Because pay/balance aren't the only reasons to be at B4. B4 often offers better variety/experiences/leadership paths.

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Better clients

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Major vs minor leagues.

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^wirh regards to places specifically wanting "B4 experience" is it literally just the B4? (Of course I'm asking because I'm at GT)

I've found that while job descriptions state they want Big4, they'll still consider you even without it. Before I switched to EY, I had several industry offers that all had "Big4 experience" in their requirements and I wasn't at a Big4 at that time. It's more a preference but a lot aren't going to knock you for it.

Big 4 is way more structured

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