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Thoughts about switching from a Big 4 to a local/ regional firm? Mainly going for pay bump and OT pay while I figure out what I want to do with my life but don't want to regret it...

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Slightly smarter? People at smarter firms are just as smart as big 4 people. Only difference is they're not as specialized. So in Big 4 a person may know a ton in specific areas, while smaller firm people will know a lot more in many more areas. Doesn't mean either is smarter than the other. It's just their knowledge is reflected in different disciplines.

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PWC1 I disagree. And there's no evidence to support that claim other that kool-aid propoganda

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It's nothing more than a superiority complex maintained by Big 4 personnel.

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LOL honestly think about the logic behind that statement. We're talking about entire careers here and you're using anecdotal evidence based on someone in college. Nevermind the fact some people's parents paid their college, some people didn't have to work through college, others had families to support. On top of that, I thought some people in my masters programs were idiots and I've crossed paths with them later and I was completely wrong about them. It's pretty ignorant to assume someone is smarter just because of what you see in a classroom. So again, I have to completely disagree.

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I am very smarts

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You will probably become bored and the people around you will just be slightly smarter than your client contacts. Idk I will never quit to go to another firm, same shit different name

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Based on what I saw in recruiting, big 4 gets the best of the best

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EY2 people at big 4 tend to be smarter than those at smaller firms. Obviously not every single person, but generally speaking

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*smaller firms

Obviously there are always smart people that could have gone big 4 that chose the smaller firm. They're in the minority though

I've always heard better things about smaller firms so I thought I'd give it a shot.... ready to leave my current firm but I still need more time to figure out my next steps. Would love to hear from other people at smaller firms for their experiences (mainly hours)! Thanks!

Generally, you will have less billable hour requirements during busy season. Outside of busy season, generally it's straight 40. You also might get a pay bump to join a smaller firm but typically it ends up about the same. If they offer overtime pay, your base is generally lower and you 5 to 10k in overtime is supposed to compensate for the shortfall. You may also lose some pto depending on the firm but some small firms work 9/80's in the non busy time.

Smaller firms typically don't have benefits as good as those offered by Big 4. If you only get a minor pay bump, it will disappear after paying for healthcare and your phone bill. What I believe PwC1 was trying to say, is that Big 4 usually gets higher performing students from the campus recruiting process. But, just because someone was smart in college does not always translate to "the real world".

I've worked for a smaller firm before EY. Benefits were BETTER at the smaller regional firm. There was Pressure during busy season but everything was chill in slow season. At EY it seems like there is pressure for me to get billable hours even when there is literally nothing for me to work on.

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