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Does anyone here know if MBA school admissions care if you leave big 4 for smaller firm before applying? Still a global firm but smaller. If so, why?

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If you leave KPMG to go to firms like LEK, Kearney, ZS, that’d be a step up even though they are smaller firms. Prestige > size.

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Yep. Which is why I’m asking my question.

I do think moving to Grant Thorton compared to KPMG may make your process harder if you’re transitioning to a similar role. I say this because bschools do care about your firm’s prestige because feeder companies are very real (e.g ~20% of stanford’s admits have mbb on their resume). KPMG places higher to the top business schools than Grant Thorton purely by numbers.

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If you go abroad, they would still probably know KPMG before Grant Thornton. Unless you really hate KPMG and feel like the role at GT will give you more responsibilities/title bump/ much higher raise/ or segway into what you want to do later, I would recommend against it

Can you explain your reasoning as to why you’re posing this question?

Planning to apply for 2022 intake. Have an offer from a smaller firm, was wondering if leaving for said firm would hurt my chances in long run.

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Deloitte to GT would be somewhat a question but KPMG to GT isn't a big deal. Esp when you look at the admission stats, KPMG doesnt have that many admits

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