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What’s better being at a small consulting firm working with people you like and solid culture but lower pay. Or going to a bigger firm (Accenture, Big Four, etc.) with more competitive higher pay?

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I was at the smaller firm with all that and left for Deloitte best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Small firm laid off about 10% of its staff 6 months after I left and even if that didn’t happen it still would have been the right choice. There was 0 opportunity to move up to any kind of role that was above the equivalent of senior consultant. Only good benefit there was unlimited PTO most people took about 40 days a year

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40 days? That’s 15% of the working year! What a deal. Probably why they laid off 10% of their staff...

I’d stay with the team you love and try to grow it together, until/unless a really great opportunity comes along (not a little bump at a giant firm)

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Shameless referral plug: why not go for both? Pay and culture

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Agonizing over an offer like this right now.

Bigger firm. Small shops ain’t gonna get you anywhere

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