Hello! I would love to hear thoughts on culture at different consulting firms, particularly big-4. As you can see, I am at EY but interested in understanding more about what is the culture like at the other firms. I am at Partner level, just to give some context. Thank you in advance!

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Hey! IMO it can depend on team and city as much as anything else. For instance, in one city I lived in, KPMG were constantly drunk/partying/work hard/play hard, EY was more nerdy/tech focused people who were very supportive, PwC was very goody-two-shoe with a lot of young, already married, etc. who got their work done and went home and didn't get too into each other's business and Deloitte was just drowning in a really bad, competitive culture. In another, KPMG was more like EY, EY was more like Deloitte, and Deloitte was more like PwC, and PwC was like KPMG.

I've also found that FDD/ODD/TAS/whatever your firm calls it people tend to be more competitive/fast-paced/sarcastic, regardless of firm; tech implementation folks tend to have a good sense of priorities; valuations people are less interested in bonding outside of their teams; forensics people are super team oriented and supportive.

But that has just been my experience! I know things can vary wildly by region, city, and market size, and that my anecdotal glimpses by no means define what's going on.

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Thank you! Interesting comments. A few take away, including that it can largely depend on specific practice, location etc.

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I am now at EY, previously in Deloitte. I think it depends a lot on the teams but personally I feel that EY has nicer people / softer culture, whereas I felt Deloitte to be a bit more competitive. To be a bit more specific, at Deloitte certain types of personalities struggled and ended up leaving the firm, which left the leadership with almost all type A ‘drivers’. (The ppl who left were more personable and were seen as coach / real mentors to ppl, so after they left a lot of ppl ended up leaving so it got worse after that.. and I ended up leaving too.) With EY I feel like there’s a good balance of personalities. But again, this is only based on personal experience.

KPMG: Laid back, friendly, lots of happy hours
EY: Nerdy, smart, nice people
PwC: Family friendly, they're the cool kids, work the most hours
Deloitte: Smart but stuck up, competitive

Pretty commonly accepted stereotypes in my city, but if you go one major city over PwC becomes KPMG and whatnot. Also depends on practice of course.

I’ve been at EY in 2 cities and PWC in just 1 city.. this is pretty accurate

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