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Considering leaving current position (senior),need better quality of life and more predictable schedule for young child. How is work/life at mid/small size firm? Any suggestion /recommendations?

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It varies from firm to firm...something like bdo, rsm, gt and all the smaller non bug 4 firms are still massive, You have to go real small but not too small because you want decent benefits and you want there to be enough staff that you are not doing EVERYTHING... I worked for a firm that had about 100 employees, I was on the audit side with a bit of tax prep.. it was good, busy season we were out of there by 7 on most days. The rest of the year out at 5:15 every day like clockwork and also got a 1hr lunch break which I actually took.

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You will never improve your career by going to a less prestigious firm, you will actually hurt your career going to firm nobody knows...you will send resumes to companies and they will immediately pick the one that has a big name firm or company go interview just because they recognize it. Nobody wants to interview someone from random, random & associates, llp.

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^Depends on what you define as improve. Plus who says you have to take B4 off your resume even after 3rd or 4th job? I would advise mid-size if you're not sure where you want your career to go. But, if you find the right small firm, the personalities click and you're happy, that's a lotto win in my book.

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Trying to make the decision between midsize and smaller. Is a much smaller firm a bad career move or does it not make a big difference since neither is Big 4?

Better quality of life isn’t found in a small firm. They’ll work you to death

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