Not loving the big 4 world after coming from a boutique due to lack of visibility,schmooziness, bad resources and people farm mentality. Thinking of going indep with offers of 200/hr+ exp. thoughts?

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Fair point, but they are all all people farms. Never know who you will get on your team or will be laid off the next week. Anyway mostly trying to gauge whether getting a gig at 200/hr has its downsides. To me it seems like a smart move.

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Once you form a strong network, you can go project to project with the same group of people and your seniors/partners support your career. It's what you make of it. I'm not sure what you mean by "gig". Is it a full time job in industry or freelancing?

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You're not happy. Go make $200/HR freelance consulting. Hopefully you get something lined up when it's over.

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Are you saying that PwC has the lack of visibility, etc... Or that you left the boutique for the lack of visibility, etc.

PwC has lack of visibility.

What level are you at?

Manager

May be more your team? My Managers seem to be pretty well plugged in

I'm talking levels above. I don't have that much confidence my partner has any real insight or say in our team. Not worried about my project team, I run our team.

Talking beyond project, but overall direction of our practice

Complain about PwC all you want, but there's three other firms that make up the Big 4 so you can't make generalizations like that.

It would be a year long contract.

Agree with @D2 .. How many projects have you been on / how many years at the firm? This post makes me think you're new-ish to this big 4... The first year or so can be a misrepresentation of what consulting is because you're not fully immersed in it/ haven't had portfolio variety (both team and content). If you stick it out a few years and find, you'll be good. Independent can be good in terms of instant pay, but PwC (and I'm sure all of the big 4) really takes care of their employees... plus you'll have an easier time getting work.

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