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In all honesty, I understand people are leaving Big 4 right now because they have decent exit ops or better WLB ops, but what about people working at small/boutique firms making $100-105k as a SC/M? Is it worth it to join a Big 4 if you can potentially get a 20-30% pay increase, i.e. is the increase in salary worth the headache and travel?Deloitte Accenture PwC EY

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I guess it depends on your experience and focus area. If you feel you have the necessary experience for an industry role, jump. If not, moving to a larger firm for a year may provide that experience, as well as a line on your resume stating you worked at so and so big box consulting firm.

This right here. I was working a small firm < 200 employees and while the people and work life balance were great there was just no opportunity for growth. I just accepted a position at D and my goal is to work here for 2-3 years, secure the bag, and exit back to industry or a smaller firm again. Best laid plans though, we’ll see how reality actually pans out

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I’m at a small boutique and am at 140 but work like 15 hours a week. 20% salary increase isn’t worth me working triple the amount I work now. A 300% salary increase, I’d definitely work 45 hours a week

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I moved from a large IT firm to a Big 4 for ~25% more but with a title demotion. I don’t care because I make more money. My goal is not to climb the ladder but to provide for my family. I don’t care what I do as long as I’m paid the wage that I ask for. The moment I deem that I’m not fairly compensated, I start looking for a place that does. Companies need to realize that that if they want loyalty, they need to show some in return.

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It's worth it to get the big 4 brand on your resume.

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Well apparently based on the thread that blew up 100-105 is peasant pay and you should in order to stay afloat in life!!! **sarcasm people** 😂

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I moved from consulting to industry (strategy at JPM), hours got worse.. I was doing 50 hours in consulting now I’m doing 60-70 in industry. Grass isn’t always greener on the other side

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Ugh how terrible. Citi is flexible and transitioning to mostly remote outside of front office but even those folks are still flexible right now

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I just did it, got a title increase, substantial pay bump and a bonus that is higher than I would’ve ever expected. I’m planning on trying it out for 2-3 years and see how it goes….

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Yes, to be in a position to have good exit opportunities But may not be applicable to everyone.

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I did it, but only because the pay bump was ~$50k

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Yes. Use the market to get a pay increase. At PwC you have the option of virtual for at least a year and most likely indefinitely. You may work more hours but the 30% increase is most likely worth it.

I only work 40 hours right now, which is nice but I would gladly work more hours for an increase in pay. I’m not opposed to hard work but have hit a ceiling at my current company and won’t get a significant bump until SM which is likely 2-3 years away. What practice are you in at PwC?

B4 is considered 💩-tier here but it's still quite selective (cue the Harvard joke) so it could be a good stepping stone for many who aren't blessed enough to work for T1 or T2.

I work 30 hrs a week avg. life is good. I clear nearly 200k in TC. Life is so much more than constantly making moolah.

I agree. I think I would be comfortable at around $200-250 eventually. I think even 50-60 hours isn’t bad if you’re making ~$300k on track to make $500k+ as partner. What I hate seeing is people working 70 hour weeks to make like $180.. terrible

Boutique firm. Went from 100k to 150k at a boutique firm. Same senior associate position.

35- 40 hours a week. I log off around 5pm everyday. Friday’s at 4. At EY was working 60-65

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