I am at a smaller public accounting firm say 6 locations in Wisconsin. I like what I am doing a little bit of everything; however, say Baker Tilly in Madison, WI is hiring (pay is about $8,000 more) I do not have my CPA as don’t know if I want to stay in public accounting. Do they work more? More competitive and annoying? More coworkers better? Do you learn more? I am afraid of reaching 26 and plateauing of not learning more then my potential.

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I also worked at a small PA firm and left when I felt I was plateauing. There were a lot of things I loved about my team so it was a hard call but I didn’t feel like I was learning or progressing anymore. I chose to go to industry because I wanted work life balance. Mid market firms like baker tilly will have more hours but might be beneficial to your career growth. It probably depends on what your next goals are

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Start thinking about you career goals post public accounting. If you aren't getting your CPA, you'll be out of PA sooner or later. Where do you see yourself?

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Or am I just fine where I’m at and don’t need to go to a bigger firm?

From my experience, the grass truly isn’t always greener.

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