Honestly, I don't know how anyone is staying in Big 4, even partners. I sense a lot of frustration from field partners at KPMG with the unprecedented turnover we are seeing and constant new initiatives. Wonder how many of them would quit if they didn't have huge loans and weren't tied up for years with the firm to get that huge pension?

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I completely understand that there are partners that love what they're doing. But I haven't seen so much frustration at all levels in my time with the firm. There are probably some partners that feel stuck. COVID has caused a lot of people to rethink their priorities in life.

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Good question. You have to realize that the HR strategy that is designed to churn so many associates/seniors is the same HR strategy that is designed to keep partners around given the buy-in loans and the pension. It would be very interesting to know the terms of the partnership agreement and exactly what is revealed (and when) to those on the "partner track."

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