Has anyone actually ever seen a better WLB going from audit to FDD?

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Not in my experience. FDD was just more deal based and schedule was erratic. So much so I boomeranged back to audit, but that’s just me.

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Yikes, the only way I would boomerang back to audit is if someone held me at gun point. Even then I’d probably tell them to just shoot me

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Yes. Avg utilization of 85-95% vs 105% in audit. Audit also had guaranteed weekends (full day Sat and Sunday) many weeks during busy season. FDD is more unpredictable though

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My average utilization in audit was like 125 so yes, my FDD hours are better, though not by a large margin.

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And I’ll add that I’ve had anywhere between 2-6 live deals at a time in FDD, some of which are $1B+ EV. The reason for less hours I think are also because teams are leaner and no one gives a shit when you work as long as you get it done. Much less of a political FaceTime culture, at least in my group.

But the hours are way more unpredictable as others have mentioned. Each hour is also a lot more stressful than an audit hour.

hours worked are better, but the lack of predictability offsets the benefit quite a bit

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I have for a period of time but now I’m busy all the time

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100%. There are some short term spikes in hours; however, most nights I’m off by 7 or 8 at the latest, have only worked 1 weekend in ~1 year (for 4 hours on a Saturday), and of course, no busy season from Jan-Apr.

I am only a senior though. Might be different at the manager level.

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At pwc? I heard you guys had It way worse

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Definitely. In my opinion, FDD at BDO has a more manageable balance year-round albeit some unpredictability that takes some getting used to.

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My WLB improved a ton

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If you don't like an unpredictable schedule do not join FDD. I have made the mistake of this will be a "light day" turning into a 14 hour fire drill too many times. I enjoy the work a lot more than audit though.

My utilization was 95% to like 60% from audit to FDD going from big 4 to a regional firm

Yup, I made the switch and it’s better

Yes as a senior/manager

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