Large firm vs. small firm (20 ppl). Pros and cons of each?? I currently have offers from both and could really use some experienced insight to help make my decision.

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I started at big four and now at a top-10 (not exactly what you are asking). I miss the technology, resources, and caliber of client, but my hours are slightly better and its much more possible to develop your skills broadly and make an impact. I work on many smaller clients that are not as organized and sophisticated but they are also less complex. I feel like the partners are more approachable for sure than at big four.

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I worked at kpmg for 3 years and now I’m at a tiny local firm (20 people) heading their audit department. It’s been a huge learning experience/somewhat fun being in charge of all their audit clients but I really miss the resources I had at KPMG, particularly the network of like minded people to learn from and aspire towards. I realized after a year there and not getting promoted to manager that my learning/growth opportunities were going to be extremely limited at my small firm. I now have an offer for a midsize firm to start in May and I’m hoping it will be the best of both worlds.

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They were hiring for a senior and manager at the time, and I was right between senior and manager level. I wasn’t sure about the business development responsibilities of the manager role which is why I didn’t want to go for manager. But I’m still performing all the other responsibilities of the manager role, leading the department etc.

They said in my interview we’d revisit the promotion to manager after like 3 months. A year and 3 months later promotion still hasn’t happened. At my yearly review the reason I wasn’t promoted was that I haven’t done any business development yet. However, this expectation was never communicated beforehand - I thought that me being hired as a senior and not manager meant that I wouldn’t be expected to do business development until after the promotion to manager. Needless to say I was pretty upset about that hence why I started looking around for a new job.

The midsize firm I’m moving to in May hired me in as a manager. I’m really looking forward to having a title that actually fits the role.

Small firms (less than 50 people) are ok if you want to work in that space forever but is terrible for exit ops. You just don’t get the same level of clients in terms of complexity. You work on very easy, typically mom and pop, companies. That type of work can be rewarding and there is a need there but don’t expect to jump to a F500 role from there.

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If you’re thinking small firm for better hours, confirm that is actually the case. Plenty of medium/small firms will still have you working long hours.

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I came out of a 20ppl firm after 3.5 years. I missed the relationship between coworkers and the nice hours (9-5 seldom overtime), but I always wanted bigger scope, challenging project and better exit opportunities so Big 4 is the best spot for these.

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As1- it would be really really hard, but it also has something to do with my timing. I jumped in right into busy season as a S2, feeling like crap everyday, cried and stressed with insomnia, had acne all over face and chest. Oh man the stress for the first couple months. Then I gradually got into the drill, got familiar with things with the firm and started to shine after like half a year. I managed to be the top performer even I’m pregnant. Now it’s a year since I transferred and I had all my managers SM and Partners assuring me I locked the promotion even I’ll be at maternity leave.

I think it also depend on the attitude when faced with challenges, I’m pretty optimistic and reminded me why I wanted big 4 a lot. Now I think I really can handle any stress since I walked through the dark path in the beginning. Confidence level def boosted and I don’t regret the decision

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Go big

Small firms are still a lot of hours, not a resume booster ect

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