Would leaving Big 4 for regional firms likely cause me to work fewer hours?

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Depends but usually no

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Nope😒

Terrible investment in technology and severly lacking in training as compared to b4 adds to the time, frustration, and complications as well.

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They have less resources, just saying

Hhaha that software parts hits close to home too

Nope. Started off at a mid-size regional firm and I'll say that hours were much less predictable there than at GT. It was busy season year round due to weaker resources and usually being understaffed.

Hours are better at GT. Don't get me wrong - it's often a lot (quantity is similar) but I feel like audits are more efficient and better planned so there is less putting out fires on last minute crises.

Even though everybody still complains about the budgets no matter where you go - the audits have better budgets at the larger firms.

Regional firms have more of a family feel to them though - so if that appeals to you, then you might like it.

And it depends on the partner(s) you end up working for at the firm, I know people at my old firm who had better hours than me but worked under different people.

Not necessarily. Worked at a regional firm first but I’ve had much better work-life balance at a Big 4.

With a few exceptions, the hours, support, resources, technology, experience, and investment are massively better at big 4 than top 10 in my experience. Coming from a notoriously terrible office/business unit at a big 4, that’s saying something.

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