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Decision time: I got offered a position with EY and also got an offer from a mid-tier firm. The mid-tier is paying about $14k more than the Big 4. Is it wise to just not consider the pay difference and just go Big 4 to have it on my resume? I could negotiate but I feel like the answer will be no.

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It's hard the first time to negotiate, especially if you've never done it before. I'd say go for it. The worst thing that can happen is that they'll say no. They may also match. But if you don't ask, you won't get. This market is hot enough that firms are desperate for people, you may be surprised.

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It depends. What service line? Is this your first job? What are your goals?

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Assurance. Not my first job. I’ve been in public for 4 years and some other accounting jobs for 5. Coming in as a Senior. Goals are to one day make partner.

There is never anything wrong with negotiating in this type of market. Depends on what your long term aspirations are more than just the initial 14k bump

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It’s definitely wise to not consider only the pay difference. Where do you want to work? Have you evaluated culture of each team you’ll be working with? — I think you could negotiate a higher EY salary, but I doubt they’ll match.

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Never met the team. Just met 1 person so not sure about culture. I’ll be working in Audit.

Depend on which practice but 14k raise is about 2-3 year worth of raises. Your subsequent raises are also based on your base too. Negotiate to see if EY can match. If not take the mid-tier. I see plenty of successful people without big 4 experience.

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You should never not negotiate, even if it’s your only offer

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What do you want to do

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Nothing really 😂🤣 but I guess I have to work since I’m not rich. But ultimately, I want to work in public accounting as a partner. I’ve been in private in various roles for the last 4 years and have found the work boring because there is no change in scenery. I like being able to work on different clients and get a change every now and then.

I would go for the higher $ - you can always apply to work at B4 after a year or two and when you do it’ll be more $

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Are you going in at the right level at EY? - $14k is a big difference. At the very least, you should give EY the chance to match or get closer, and then you can make the decision based on all the other factors.

OP- if planning to stay until partner, more likely at midtier. And you're two years closer.

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Absolutely ask if they will match - firms are desperate for bodies at the senior level - it will be the only time you will be in this position. Just realize that if they do match they will be taking it out of future bonuses/raises in order to get you back to the mean.

Go to B4, it makes a difference. I was at a local firm then BDO and now EY. EY is simply a different ball game... different client size, level of quality, resources available, etc. You can then switch to mid tier and get to partner faster with B4 background, it's more valuable especially in mid tier as a partner. Establishes your credibility instantly, I've seen many examples

Oh also I agree with others and definitely ask EY if there's anyway they can increase your offer. Even if they don't completely march I bet they'd increase it a good bit. They did for me

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