Would you recommend switching to big 4 for a year or two as a senior audit associate in order to land a more prominent position in industry? Or is it not necessary?

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I did. And it was worth the 2 years I put in.

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Nice! What was the transition to big 4 like?

I made the switch as a S3 and felt like I waited too long... it’s difficult to get used to it but if you can hang in for a year or longer, go for it. After the switch I noticed some companies only hire from Big4, as much as it hurts me to say that. I’d recommend not going to one single team year round, as it’ll help you network being on multiple teams.

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Theres probably some truth to it. Also, i have managed seniors at GT and Big 4, and given the quantity of jobs (given average size of audit), I feel like its easier (for lack of better word) being a senior at big 4. I know some/many may disagree, but thats my opinion.

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I agree; I felt like at GT we were bleeding people so fast and had so many weirder, smaller one-off things that you had to effectively take on more of a manager role over more and messier clients instead of being given room to truly senior where you were, or at least where you were supposed to be. Big 4 I feel like you get to more effectively handle your client with less BS.

I know a lot of job postings say “B4 experience required” but I wondered if GT would suffice. like maybe they mean “Large firm experience” but don’t want to list every firm and also don’t want people applying from a non-top 10 firm. But I could be wrong

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I don’t think it’s necessary depending on the role you are looking for in industry and what kind of networking connections you have.

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If you are in major city then definitely yes.

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Do it. If only for access to a larger pool of people to network with.

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Went from GT audit to B4 advisory after S1 year and don’t regret it, loved my GT experience but definitely had more doors open since leaving

I’m in a major city EY2 and did not have B4 before going to industry and have seen many others do the same but again really depends on your ability to network and sell your story.

What are your long term career goals in industry? If you are wanting to be on the internal audit / risk side, then B4 likely make sense. If your desire is to move away from accounting/audit and into finance or finance related paths then aside from accessing a broader network, leverage yours and make the move directly from GT.

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