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FYI - there’s a life outside of the Big 4. Don’t feel drawn into it because of the “name”.

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There's national firms like RSM! All the same hours and work but a quarter of the resources!

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In PA? Most others aren’t worth it in my experience.

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It really just depends on what someone’s looking to get out of PA

Totally agree. Name is important but it comes with a lot of baggage. The trade off makes it even. The universe is aligned

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If you're going to go for PA Kool aid, at least pay for name brand Kool aid.

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Yeah as someone who as worked at a 2nd tier firm and big 4, yes - you may start at a higher salary but by senior years big 4 pays more.

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I don’t have big4 experience and I’m a VP of Actg for a large publicly traded company with 10k employees. I make $190k plus 24% bonus plus 10% equity working 40 hrs per week. Worked in audit and left as SM. It’s all about how you sell yourself. Most job postings will say big4 preferred but it’s only a slight advantage.

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For sure. Intelligence and how well you interview matters much more than having big 4 on your resume. And this is someone who was also at big 4. Looking to eventually become a tax director of large international law firm for huge money

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Too late I’m already here

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Meh - there’s a lot of positives to big firm, lots of subject matter specialists and infrastructure. I don’t need to know everything but I need to be able to put my clients in contact with someone who snows the answer. That might not be there in a smaller firm.

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I don’t buy the big 4 pigeon hole arguement — seems to be something midtiers lush. I’ve worked on tons of different projects/engagements and handled different aspects each time. Really don’t think the pigeonhole thing is true and is just pushed by midtier recruiters

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Haven’t experienced other big 4 but I feel like you are pretty much free to do or sell whatever you want that may be outside your pigeon hole. I think that is how you can end up getting that broad experience. Just go get it and don’t wait for stuff to come / happen to you.

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