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When should I consider switching firms? High performer at big 4 for a year and a half with only a 2% raise and nothing really feeling like I’m rewarded for the long hours/weekends and holiday hours I put in. Wasn’t thinking about leaving until I had some talks with a couple partners about going for promotion and one of them revealed that there were thoughts I was planning to leave the firm. Don’t know if I should stay somewhere with partners thinking that I already have a foot out the door

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You should at the very least start looking now. Being a flight risk could be either good or bad- if they want to keep you they might offer you more, if they don’t care, they could let you go. Update resume ASAP

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There is no reason to stay at a B4 firm for more than 1-2 years. Everyone I’ve found who disagrees with this is a partner who doesn’t want their people to leave (but also won’t pay them properly) or someone who is drunk on company kool aid.

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If you get the early promo just wait for it to take effect and leverage the new title for better jobs.

Just leave. I did jumped a couple times early on with avg tenure about 1.5 yrs. I now make approx. half a mil all in. The allure of making partner is always high, but it’s also a long tough ride to get. At a certain point it’s just obnoxious and the constant negative feedback can be extremely damaging to your sense of self.

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Not to mention that if you’re in a firm with split equity and non equity partner tracks like Deloitte you may work your ass off for 20 years only to capture 0 profit share and make less than some senior managers all because leadership doesn’t want to dilute their equity and has a non compete on you making it extremely difficult to leave.

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Leave and get $$$

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Pro tip: don’t over-index on being a high performer. Use that to motivate yourself, but you don’t need to mention it every chance you get

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Haha sorry, I only mentioned it because I’m looking at early promotion due to being a high performer. Getting promoted now vs end of year could factor significantly for me

When your sign on bonus clawback with your current employer has expired

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Already expired.... I’m actually making less money in my second year than my first when you factor in the sign on bonus

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Are you me??? This is literally EXACTLY what I am dealing with

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Well I’m looking for new jobs now :) I don’t know where the assumption came from that I’m leaving but it makes me sad that that’s a factor that prevented my promotion

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NOW!

Hmu

How did your partners come to the conclusion you were leaving

That's messed up

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