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Is Big 4 (Deloitte, PWC, etc.) actually better for salary, branding & exit opps than a boutique firm (think Huron, West Monroe, etc.)?

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What’s a west Monroe?

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Objective answer is Huron, WMP are not boutique firms

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Huron has close to 3,000. I’ve always thought of us as midsize.

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Following. Does WMP also have more local projects?

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Yes, depending on office and practice, there’s a fair share of them available.

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Big 4 are also better than BCG for most roles outside core consulting. Avoid the software business whatever you do.

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Objective answer is yes

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I don’t think there is a clear / unequivocal answer here. Depends on industry vertical, title, professional / personal priorities, etc. also depends on which Big 4 and which of its practices you’re benchmarking against.

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Judging by the fact that most people tend to move from Huron and west Monroe to big 4 rather than other way around I’d say yeah.

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I’m a campus hire so can’t speak from experience, so you’d probably need to talk to someone that did come from big 4, but from what I understand through conversation most people that make the switch are happier, enjoy a more employee-focused culture, have a bit more work/life balance etc. Now obviously that doesn’t go for everyone, and you can’t make everyone happy, but considering that WMP puts so much focus into their culture and employees I completely understand why they might be happier or less stressed out than where they were before. Not sure if it helped, but also I have friends that have gone to Big 4 out of college and after conversations with them I’m definitely happy where I am atm!

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Usually - yes, but if you want more opportunity and think the firm is on a good trajectory, it sometimes takes the courage to go to a smaller, less ‘established’ firm.

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