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People who have transferred from Big 4 into IB, was it worth it? Has it met your expectations thus far? Very interested to learn more.

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100%. Started in assurance - moved into Big 4 M&A / IB team and now at one of the big boutiques. No regrets.

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3.5 yrs Big 4 Audit 1 yr Big 4 M&A 1 Yr MBA program Joined large boutique as 1st yr Associate

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My only regret was not leaving Big 4 sooner. Absolutely love it - not only has it met expectations, but I increased my total comp by 4x in a matter of 3 years since leaving and work maybe 30% more in terms of hours overall.

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Not really Ib but switched from assurance to levfin at a smaller shop. Defiantly worth it.

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Made the move and was worth it. Just need to be comfortable with the WLB shift and actually like the work. Comp has increased massively, like 3x - 4x.

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Did all of you go the MBA route?

A bit of a learning curve but liked it much better. WLB was almost as bad as IB though - but maybe not as consistently. Wasn’t doing anything finance or accounting at big 4. Was in advisory / consulting. Got lucky and connected with team I was joining really well. Had some good finance side experience too so was able to do well in the modeling case / technical parts of the interviews

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Absolutely worth it. Hours x 1.5 but pay doubled and work is one million times more interesting IMO. Also this may be specific to my firm but it’s more of a “ok we know this is hard give us 2 hard years as an analyst then we’ll write whatever rec you want” whereas big 4 was like if you leave before partner you’re dead to me

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