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If you’ve gone from big 4 to a tier 2 firm, what was your experience like?

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I did and now going back to big 4 after only 2 months. Clients are much smaller, so you will be doing a lot of traveling. Some clients are still using paper trail, so you’re going to have fun scanning those docs. Benefits are not as good, exit opportunities are not as good too. For me, I liked the big 4 culture more. Salary wise, you might get higher salary. Work-life balance is pretty much the same. I had more flexibility at big 4 too. Technology is inferior to big 4. People are more genuine at the tier 2 firm.

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Mostly agree, but if you have long enough at the big 4 your exit opportunities will be fine even if you do a stint at a national/regional firm

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Love it much better. Hours are more reasonable (or less insane) and you feel like you matter more. Downside was trading in readily recognizable clients in discussions with family and friends, but upside was having more time with those family and friends.

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