Can someone give a breakdown of which Forensic/Disputes and Investigations/Financial Crimes practice is best? PWC, KPMG or EY? From what I’ve heard, Deloitte’s is a dumpster fire and applied for positions so would love to know. Thanks!

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For best, I would look at the larger boutiques (A&M, FTI, and AP) and then the growing groups (BDO and CRA). The big 4 gets a decent volume of projects but have mostly been in stasis or shedding staff.

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And sorry didn’t see the second part to your question. After two years you get 25 days of PTO and 10 holidays (1 floating). I think it’s 20 PTO days in your first two years. So you definitely get a lot of time and are encouraged to use it. As far as working weekends/holidays/vacations, it really depends. I think the more senior you get, the more you are going to be likely to have to take a few calls or emails during your time off. But the corporate messaging is definitely to disconnect as much as possible. For junior folks, I would say it’s pretty rare to work holidays or vacations (and if you do work a holiday, you get an extra floating holiday to take later in the year). As far as weekends, crunch times do happen and can be unpredictable. On average I would say I probably work 3-5 weekends a years.

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Big 4 is not the place to be for forensics. It seems like all the best projects, people, and pay go to consulting firms like A&M or AP. Also FTI, CRA, BRG, Ankura and a few others

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AP and A&M pay the most and don’t offshore any work. Have to be more nimble and not siloed on one particular skill set.

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I’d say KPMG is the best. Deloitte are salesmen, pwc is in the running, ey is middle of the pack for aml

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I worked at KPMG Forensic for a long time and had a great experience.

Each city is different per firm and can be a big driver. Also Big 4 do more investigations than the other boutiques who do more dispute and other litigation support work. Depends on where you want to focus.

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Speaking from my experience at FTI over the last 8 years, I can say that I have worked on probably the most major forensic accounting investigations that have gone on during that time frame. I’ve really enjoyed my experience, both the people I’ve worked with and the cases I’ve had the opportunity to work on.

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That’s a very bold statement to say the most major investigations. How do you know that other firms haven’t worked more? Not questioning but trying to understand how you came to that conclusion.

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Commenting because I want to know too

Which groups don’t farm all the work out to cheaper countries and we can actually do investigations instead of project management?

Is this really true? The few people I know at the associate-senior levels of A&M always seem to be working weekends and having to cancel plans

Thanks- sorry, but what is AP?

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It’s true we pay more and everyone works hard on projects. We don’t have a pyramid structure so you do less teaching/training and more working alongside Directors and leaders. I used to be at EY and have never regretted leaving.

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