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Thoughts on leaving a big accounting firm for a smaller one? Pros and cons?

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Don't. I left Big 4 to go to a small firm due to burn out. BIG mistake. Could not get out of there fast enough. Went back to Big 4. Working there felt like going from living in Ritz Carlton to Motel 6. Big 4 has absolutely best benefits and awesome resources to make your life easier. After having worked at a small firm, I appreciate Big 4 firms so much more.

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Haven't done it myself, but from what I see from my friends... you obviously don't have the same level of resources, but there might be a better culture depending on where you go.

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From my experience, little firm has way less resources. Bad training, bad "perks" (my hotel limit was $100/night, meals were $20/day), no network. I would leave the accounting profession in general before I would go back to a small firm. The people were nice and they tried to work with me to stay, but the workload is no different and there's less "little things" to make you happier. Maybe just try a smaller office within your firm? You get the small firm lifestyle with the big office benefits. Sorry for the novel.

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