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Do laterals make you look like you failed to get a promotion? I’m up for promotion, have a great story and strong performance; a good opportunity to lateral came up at a much better firm - but promotions are so random and shrouded in secrecy at my company that I kinda want to join a better firm while I can.

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No as long as you don’t lateral 3 or 4 times. I think once or twice is fine. But more so, who cares what other people think. If you’re making a lateral move for the best reasons for you then you should do it. Lateral for pay bumps and brand name.

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Thanks! This is exactly what I’m going for - brand and salary !

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I’m in the exact same boat! Thinking about lateraling to PwC for a better culture. Everyone on my project and immediate network is super supportive of my promotion to manager but I just don’t get good vibes from my practice leadership (we recently went through a re org). Curious to hear what others thing. In any case, even if I’m lateraling, at least I get more money.

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Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

Nah, like the first response said, don't make a habit out of it. I did a lateral transition to a new firm when I was up for promotion last year. The money, benefits, and culture at my new place are all better. It's all perspective, but your responsibilities in your new role might be more stimulating too. I now run teams, make a ton more money, and have better wlb.

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Thanks! ... what’s your new firm? ☺️

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