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If you are not a partner, do any of the Big 4 have a mandatory retirement age? I have a friend who is working in industry and has been approached by a few firms as he has a very desirable technical skill set. He is in his 50's and doesn't want to make a move unless there is some runway to keep working. He basically could work as long as he wants where he is at. The pay increase would be significant for him to jump to but if he is mandatorily forced out in a few years it might not be worth it.

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I’m not positive, but I think the mandatory retirement only applies to the partnership. I imagine it’d be legally difficult to mandate a retirement age for employees.

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Out of curiousity, why would someone want to go into consulting in their 50s? It's not a great WLB, and if you're not used to it, it's that much worst. Most people are looking to wind down their career, not kick it into overdrive like people in their 20s and 30s. I'm mid 30 and looking to get the hell out of consulting.

Then best of luck to him! Sometimes I wish I could be a workhouse. Would have my kids and parents all set up perfectly by 45 at the rate I'm going.

Only equity partners. This is why you see so many older MDs (and directors)

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