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What are the exit opportunity differences between big 4 and regional? I’ve always felt like they are much more limited at any other PA firm aside from big 4

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All firms are very similar in terms of compensation. We all participate in industry (PA) specific salary surveys and make sure we remain competitive. That said, salary is one piece of a much bigger picture. Flexibility, hours, type of experience and other perks should be factored in.

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Do you consider the work life balance better at a regional firm compared to Big 4?

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Compensation wise?

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Same sort of exit ops, maybe different “tiered” companies.

So you have Big 4, National and regional firms. If you look at the top 15 or even 25 accounting Firms, there are plenty of exit opportunities. Exiting a big 4 for a national firm, a national for a regional or any other combination of that, is an opportunity in and of itself. Not to mention switching from one practice line to another. Going from audit to advisory, tax to national tax, etc

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