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I joined BKD as an experienced hire, and I absolutely hate it. I’m struggling to adjust the ultra-conservative culture and lack of diversity. Do I jump to yet another firm? Background in comments...

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Grass is always greener on the other side when you cast a shadow upon your side.

Start with your work interests - public vs industry and go from there. I feel that office culture is usually idiosyncratic and typically does not generalize an entire firm.

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I definitely agree with the “grass is greener” deal. I’m in the flagship office and largest office in the firm by far, so I feel like the culture here is actually pretty indicative of the firm. I much prefer my work in public, but am realizing I don’t care to stay and develop business long-term. And I’m not in love with my industry (landed in solely due to its preference in my location, no choice involved). I’m pretty deep in at this point, but it may be time to see about other development opportunities in the firm and maybe build some new skills.

I agree with PWC 1. Most important is finding someone in your corner first, and building that relationship. That will make working anywhere 10 -fold better regardless of office culture or industry.

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Yeah. It may also be my industry group, since it’s pretty small and we may have developed our own culture. I’m not very new to the firm, and spent a long while elsewhere before, so I may also be starting to get jaded on my path in general. I appreciate your thoughts!

I started Big 4, and my office lost a major portion of its audit revenue shortly after. I followed the largest clients to the firm they hired. Liked it, but burned out eventually. Went into industry for a while, but missed working with clients and the types of teams I had in public. Joined BKD in hopes of serving more middle market clients and building closer relationships with them, and looking for better work-life balance than Big 4. But I absolutely hate the culture at BKD.

Look into Moss Adams! I absolutely love this firm and have been at 3 others before, including private

One of my favorite senior managers at a previous firm was from Moss Adams and had fantastic things to say!

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