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I love working in the big 4. Forget the hours and focus on the amazing opportunity. I wasn't born in anything close to middle class. I will never take this opportunity for granted.

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Bro fucking same here. I never thought I'd be where I am today and as successful as I am today. I have zero complaints about the workload and the lifestyle associated with PA. I'm grateful every single day for the present that I spent years and years building for myself. I couldn't be happier than where I am right now.

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Preach brother. I grew up in an environment where having more than 1 TV was a luxury. We never saw starved bc both of my parents worked 14 hour shifts their whole lives just to put a roof over our heads. Neither of them made it past middle school education. Both where happy I went to high school and graduated. When I told them I wanted to go to college and saw the cost they said we can't pay for it but I was welcome to stay at home for free. They taught me why you always have to work for everything. In my 1st year as staff I easily made more what they both made combined. Public accounting sucks at times maybe....but growing up they way I have knowing that my folks worked hard for everything humbles me every day. There's no Kool Aid BS. Yea know your worth, but Public Accounting is not as bad as we all make it out to be. #StayHumble

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What are you smoking and where can I find some?

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I was poor growing up too and although very thankful for opportunities at big 4, I'm not gonna accept shitty work conditions. I know my worth. It's that mentality that allows firms to over work you.

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Preach. I'm right there with you. Everyone likes to bitch about big 4 (even me lol) but I never dreamed I'd have the opportunities I have today.

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For sure. I was just thinking about this tonight actually. As a kid the rare night in a hotel was spent at the motel 6 or similar. And here I am at the goddamn Ritz after an unnecessarily expensive dinner. Is this my life?? Ha.

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Exactly. This shit is crazy. Everyday I wake up in a damn dream. Poverty puts things into perspective.

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Nice post. I'm right there with you guys. Yah, the job's got its drawbacks, but having experience from what is perceived to be a great firm provides opportunities that don't come along for most.

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Preach PwC3, preach.

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Someone drank the kool aid.

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Good to see positive responses and post here! 🤗

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I agree with PWC3. Working at a big 4 enabled me to escape poverty but I still cannot live with the fact that our hourly pay is still close to minimum wage given the amount of OT we work during the year.

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I came from low middle class getting background. Obviously I'm grateful, but you're making the wrong comparison. The comparison shouldn't be where I am today compared to where I came from growing up. Your B4 experience should be compared to other opportunities available to YOU right now. So if I can go get more money and work fewer hours for it, then ya I'm gonna complain about B4. I'm still here at EY but I'm not sure how much longer. And to me it's not so much about the hours and pay, but more about the culture of treating people more like robots than actual people.

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Might as well be an immigrant. The america I come from almost nooone made over 26,000 a year.

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Agreed. I didn't know I was living in poverty till I went to college. I've learned so much over the past few years and have been to so many different places. B4 still has an issue with diversity. I look around and don't see anyone like me.

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So many work longer hours than we do for a fraction of what we earn. As much as we like to think we've earned it because of hard work, which is a big part of it, a significant portion of it is luck. Don't piss on other people because they're grateful for what you are blind to because of your good fortune.

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OP and EY1, you two are like most partners, come from nothing and make big $$$ in the end. Keep it up and make big 4 a better working world

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I grew up lower class(parents never graduated high school) and as much as I like to bitch and complain, Big 4 changed the trajectory of my life. Now, fitting in, that was a completely different thing(see..the bitching never stops hah)

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My bonus is usually higher than both my parents salary combined. Growing up I never even dreamed this big - it's tough but I thank God every day for the life I have because of this job.

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Yes it's a great opportunity, as long as your senior/manager isn't a slave driver.

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