Dumb question but humor me, I’m not familiar with financial services - is working in advisory at the big 4 as coveted/prestigious out of college as working as a financial analyst at a big IB like Morgan Stanley? Peoples backgrounds and salary seem extremely similar.

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It’s may not be as prestigious/highly coveted for people in finance. But it’s still a damn good accomplishment if you get a job at a big 4 firm. I was at a very accounting major heavy school and big 4 was everyone’s target. If anyone tries to tell their job is better because it’s more “prestigious” then stop listening to that person and find a new circle.

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no idea

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Agreed with C1 - but the question was comparing IB vs B4 FS PI in terms of prestige. Two different worlds: compensation, responsibilities, exit opportunities. Those are some factors that make up prestige. If you were to go in an EYP type arm and work in the M&A group then it’s a conversation for sure is all I’m saying

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True except that wasn’t OPs question. The actual question was “financial analyst” which is not the same as IB analyst.

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Absolutely not. bulge bracket IB is more prestigious than FS at B4. Strategy consulting arms make up the difference a lot for B4, but IB still edges out

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Lol no

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