Which offer would you choose and why, Disney AFRP in LA or Big 4 Audit in large southern metro? Pay is similar (~$60K). AFRP rotations include: 1. Transactional Accounting, 2. Financial Reporting, 3. Audit & Compliance, 4. Finance. Will the AFRP make me a more desirable candidate for future FP&A/ strategy-type roles, as opposed to audit? Are the doors opened by the the AFRP worth the quality of life of living in LA on $60K? Thanks in advance for the advice.

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Definitely the rotational program. You’ll get actual finance/FP&A experience and can usually move into a Senior FP&A role at Disney after the program. Also you’ll a get wide variety of different types of work within the rotational program, where as audit you’ll possibly get a variety of clients but you’ll only do audit. the rotational program will also give you the same initial career progression as b4 (senior after 2-3 years). Also many people join audit/public with the intentions of leaving, you can start at a company doing rotations of what they exit for and still be at senior level in the same timeframe. Also FLDPs are pretty much only available after graduation (undergrad or MBA), you can become an auditor whenever.

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Really good points here. I’ll add that, if your long-term goal is finance, take the Disney role. Many of my colleagues tried to transition into finance roles from audit without success. Finance provides way more flexibility and career growth especially when you move into senior roles.

You are better off starting in big 4. It's really important to get that experience for at least 3 years. It will do wonders for your career long term.

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Much better. Just having the b4 brand on your resume is a huge plus. If you look at requirements for accounting jobs on linkedin or somewhere else, you'll see that many of them ask for big 4 experience. I wish it weren't like this but unfortunately it is.

Disney accounting department is amazing and you would have a career for life.

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Given all that went on with Disney and the massive layoffs/furloughs I’m gonna lean towards B4 here too. If you’re 100% set on Disney long term it might be an okay bet cus they promote from within a lot and you can ride the wave up because you’re getting in at their lowest point but if not 100% certain then don’t.

Not 100% set on Disney. I just want to maximize my career long-term and I’ve heard FLDPs can be an advantage. How much of an advantage they are over Big 4 audit is my what I’m unsure of.

Depends on where in LA. A studio apartment can be $2,500 in up and coming areas.

The role would be based at the HQ, which is Burbank/Glendale.

Get the big 4 experience especially if you are new to the industry. I am assuming based on salary grade. Also living in CA at a 60k salary may be a bit tough.

Disney sounds much more fun!

Definitely depends, but EY2’s rationale of getting tactical experience makes a lot of sense. Then if you want the public accounting experience you can always join after the rotation (or after you get the experience you want). That’s how I got to EY. I was told by a recruiter recently that a lot of senior level folks leaving public accounting want FP&A but companies hiring for FP&A feel like the majority of PA folks don’t have the skillset for FP&A (not saying I agree because I honestly don’t know, but that’s what the recruiter said)

If you want to be in entertainment/media industry, go to Disney. If you want to do anything else [FS, industrial mfg, Hi tech], go B4. That being said, any "DP" program is typically as good as the company, but I think you get really good experience that can often beat ex-PA folk who flip to industry. Your financial rptg may not be as diverse as the PA folk, but you'll know costing, mgmt rptg, treasury, process mgmt much better. I will also say DP opps are better from a exclusivity standpoint, since PA are dime in dozen. Mammoth corps have a tendency to pollinate finance folk...look at c level/boards in mfg, and if they're of a certain generation, I bet you somebody is ex-GE. Feel like Amazon may be the corp finance industry talent hive that eventually spreads throughout transport/logistics/tech industry in 10 years.

Disney accounting alumn here... personally, I didnt enjoy my experience there at all; but I have to admit it was a valuable experience. That said, 60k in LA isnt much and you'll likely move up the pay scale faster in Big4 than you would working industry.

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