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How many of you out there want to be a 'big 4' partner?

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I did until I started to realize how many of them are on a second or third marriage and headed for another divorce. It's not really worth it to me to have a huge house if it's always empty or to go on exotic vacations if you can barely get away from your laptop/phone for a few hours. I admire the hard work it takes to get there but not many of them seem to get much fulfillment from family, friends, hobbies, or anything else outside of their careers.

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I'm not big 4 but if you are going to be in public accounting it is crazy not to be partner track... The struggles and work/life challenges aren't that different no matter what level you are but at least you have a little more flexibility in setting your schedule and get paid more as a partner. I have a family with young children and yes I work way more than I would like to but I very rarely miss anything for my kids. The profession needs more young CPAs to want to be partner track. I can't speak for big 4 or all other firms but I am familiar with several mid-level firms and the buy-in isn't nearly as much as I would have expected before I was a partner.

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@Crowe1 I sure do. Considering the fact that I actually work with them and interact with a bunch on a daily basis....

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Pass for me as well. I work part-time to make sure I see my kids grow up and spend quality time with my husband. It's not for everyone, and I respect ambitious people who want to make it to the top. I am just not one of them.

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Every choice involves sacrifices, and some people gain more satisfaction in achieving career goals than family goals. Personally, I respect the family man/woman just as much as the man/woman in the corner office - but for me, partner is where I see myself

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I do!! Partners are always willing to help. Big 4 partners have flexible hours, and endless opportunities to help in their passion. I work with PwC NYC Tax leader on hiring students with disabilities. They're human, like every one of us.

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PwC1, I sure do feel sorry for all the Big 4 partners out there. You must know a ton of them personally to make a judgment like that.

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It's not my ultimate goal to be a Big 4 partner, but I don't knock the position or people who want it. PwC 1, do you really know enough of the thousands of Big 4 partners out there in order to say most of them are unhappy and unfulfilled, or are you possibly making a generalization?

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What is the buy-in to be a big 4 partner?

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I think partners might work more than everyone else at regionals because their talent sucks. In big 4 partner isn't a half bad gig after a few years in

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I talk to partners everyday and some are pretty happy with their life, could be because they ask got married to a partner 🤔

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Only if they get rid of hoteling.

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Where is the down vote button?

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That is a huge range depending on the size of the firm and what the partner does. Even within the same firm partners comp is a huge range. I would say the range is $150K/year - $2m/year.

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Lol a $150k partner?

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