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Is it worth exiting to a 15 person boutique for a higher salary and more responsibility? I've been at my firm for 3 years. (If my eventual goal is industry exit in 2-3 years)

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You’re still very early in your career. Better question is, what experience do you hope to gain and where are you more likely to get it? If you think the boutique firm really will give you more experience, then go for it.

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How much money is at stake? Tiny consultancies like that have a lot of risks and intricacies to consider. They are probably 1 lost client/project away from laying off a a third of the firm. Being so small, they have scant resources for training, formal review criteria, a good IT department, knowledge management, hiring, HR or solid processes for many things. Project variety may be limited in current, industry or function. Messing up on one project for one of the 2-3 managers could get you fired, not just put on something else. And the likely nonexistent brand will impede your future exits. Will you be compensated enough for these risks and challenges?

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Total compensation going up by 25% or so

Sorry... I should have specified my experience level. I'm an SM now, looking at a Principal/Director role

It’s worth it if the firm has been successful and has a 5+ year plan that shows a trajectory of growth

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