Is it easy to go from small local firm to big 4?

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Not easy, but definitely possible.

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Definitely different for everyone, so it can work I'm sure. However, anecdotally, we had a manager from a small firm come on last year as an experienced senior (audit). He lasted about 3 months and went back to his old firm. I think it's tough to learn the Big 4 way of doing things after getting used to a small firm's ways.

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Don't do it!

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If you like public accounting then go small local. If you want to be a controller somewhere and live the boring corporate accounting world go pwc

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Go !Big4, can always go back to smaller form later in your career. Harder to move into the big 4 when you have more experience working with small clients

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I have offer from pwc for experienced associate and offer from local firm as senior associate. I don't have my Cpa license yet. Which direction you think I should go towards?

Go big 4 get the name on resume and leave as heavy senior or manager....if you want to open your own place stay where you are

I was planning on joining small firm and after Cpa license, apply to big 4. Thoughts on this approach? Will it be easy for me to get into big 4

Depends on your skills and market forces. Definitely possible. Have seen it. And the guys are very bright.

The small local firm they do all start up for tech and software companies and lots of sox works for public clients.

Well I worked at BDO for 2 years and going to smaller firm for senior audit position so I can do my CPA. Only planning to sticking around with them until I get my Cpa license and then look for big 4.

Same experience as EY 4. Same office maybe?

You might burn bridges at the local firm going to big 4 after already coming in as an experience hire. If you already have the PwC offer, why wait? Unless there's a cultural difference where you prefer the local firm.

The only reason what's holding me back and thinking twice about pwc is I don't have my Cpa license and won't be promoted till I get it. Working at bigger firm is more challenging to study vs smaller firm.

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