Making Work More Human - A Q&A with ex-KPMG Partners 11/6

Did the same thing last year - because the cultural issues aren’t limited to Big 4/MBB. (Major bullying and favoritism was rampant throughout both my prior ~$20M firms.) Biggest challenge for us was

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was as leaving behind the larger firm reputation when starting a new practice. How will you build a firm without leveraging past intellectual capital and brand? And, related, as the firm scales up, how will you ensure your differentiated culture stays intact as you inevitably hire on staff that bring along the toxic culture you’re trying to avoid?

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Many questions here. We were worried that brand was going to be a problem but it has not been (quite the opposite). On culture, we keep getting told that it comes from the top, so we hope we are setting the right tone. It is impossible to control every single person, but what is important is how the firm reacts to bad behaviour.

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Can both of you elaborate how you overcame those obstacles? Did you pull out your Rolodex, cold call, etc? How did you sell, did you start with selling work that the founders have expertise in and then gradually move into different spaces as you increased staff?

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Currently at a non big 4, top 10 firm. Offers from PwC-S& (director) and deloitte S&O (SM) both in Supply Chain/Ops. NA region. Any thoughts which one might be better? want to make partner eventually

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Hey ladies! Any of you started a side hustle while at a big 4? Can you share the process and type of business? I am considering consulting female founders.

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Want to move from Big 4 -> MBB post MBA but I'll have a sponsorship offer...what do?

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@BCG fish...what level is a Principal? Is that like a senior manager in other consulting firms, specifically Big 4 supply chain consulting? Any insights?

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MBB folks, what’s the glamour with FAANG to you? I ask because I have done multiple strategy projects for/with FAANG, and could likely get an offer, but I still want MBB 🤨 Am I missing something?

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How do you attract and retain mid-level talent when industry / FAANG pay so much more than MBB?

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Looking for mentors in FAANG, MBB, and other Big 4. DM me please. 😀😀

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What’s Ross’s stereotype? Is it possible to get into MBB or FAANG post graduation? What is the student body like? Is it reputable?

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Partners - what are the best tips for negotiating a higher offer, especially in big 4 environment?

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Anyone willing to refer me to jobs within any of the other big 4? Accenture?

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How much would you make as a seasonal employee at the big 4?

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After so many FAANG rejects, I'm kinda getting addicted to the rejection emails and want to apply for some random MBB roles to get some more rejects! F this sh*t!

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On getting into FAANG. For those who made the switch, what are the typical roles from, say, MBB? How did you go about it? What's needed on the resume if I'm planning 12 months out? Lvl and pay?

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I don’t have a preference for FAANG or MBB. But are there any characteristics or traits that help one over the other? E.g PM in FAANG vs Mgr in MBB roles. Just a thought, no need to be harsh :)

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I accepted an offer at another big 4 (currently at a regional). I told the regional I’d stay until after the 10/15 deadline however the way management is handling the whole things is childish..

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I’m starting as a Manager at one of the big 4 in 3 weeks. I left my tenure track job 4 yrs ago so I’m accustomed to non-academic work but still intimidated. Advice? What do I need to know?

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How is life after a B4? Thinking of getting out

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What are the rankings for top consulting firms in the human capital space? (Big 3, big 4, +++)

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Aiming to shift from big 4 to MBB. Tech Consulting. Any suggestions?

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If the MBB league were to grow by one, what letter (company) would that be?

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I make $4000/M after taxes and max 401K and spend about $2400 for all fixed costs (rent, utilities, etc). With roughly $1600 left, and with a strong goal of saving as much as I can, what are some recommendations on how I should allocate my money better. I know this is vague but need some better financial planning.

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2 years in US. L1 visa. From EU. What is my eligibility for green card? Any tips on how to approach? Am super scared of this legal stuff

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Laid off a week ago and scared shitless. Feel depressed, worthless, and terrified I won’t find another job ever again. Just started an SSRI I won’t be able to afford once my insurance runs out.

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Salary range for a 2nd year senior in audit, Florida (not Miami)? Thanks!

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Currently 2nd year analyst. Anyone else having a tough time with recruiting? Still no offer, applied to over 50 places and got 1 interview.

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what exactly is happening at Deloitte that's leading to all the layoffs I keep reading about here? is it solely the consulting group or also advisory?

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Currently at a non big 4, top 10 firm. Offers from PwC-S& (director) and deloitte S&O (SM) both in Supply Chain/Ops. NA region. Any thoughts which one might be better? want to make partner eventually

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Question with regards to layoff talks. Are those who are being let go on the bench or being released while on projects? I haven't heard of many ACN layoffs in the former situation...

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How to maximize getting SPG points?

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Advice. I have to work from home for 2 hours a few days a week due to distance learning. Afterwards I use my lunch to drive to the office. I work earlier on those days so I can be off for an hour to help my kids. I am constantly having to remind my boss, even though it is in their calendar. They knew I was off for the hour and they kept messaging me to do something someone else already did. They said "I don't care do it again." Remaining rant in comments

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I have a flight tomorrow at 2p but calls back to back beforehand, can I go through security 4.5 hours early and campout in the lounge? Is there a limit to how early I can show up for US domestic trip?

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What is the average salary (€) for an entry level Strategist in Paris?

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I was offered a promotion but I instead negotiated for the ability to drop two letters from my title. At first they thought it was a steal... ...then they realized I am now Co-Sultan of the firm!

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Any insights about the all inclusive Westin SPG resort in Costa Rica?

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my amex is turned off because i was delayed in doing expenses. my own fault - i know. but my most recent expense report would cover the outstanding balance. do i wait til reimbursement mar 8?

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Who is active in their firm's diversity groups?

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For people who make the jump from USA to Europe, did you use the same resume you used in the US or did you adopt a more European style CV? Does this matter as much if applying to a multinational firm or in the Corporate Finance field? Thanks!

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