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So i have been offered the chance to gain the CIMA qualification working at GSK. Alternatively, i can gain the ACA working at a top 10 accountancy firm. Which is better and why.

In terms of global influence, GSK is massive, operating in over 100 countries and its in the top 5 FTSE 100. However, the accountancy firm also has somewhat of a global prescence with offices in close to a 100 countries as well, although not as large in scale as GSK.
I've read that ACA qualified earn more than CIMA/ACCA, however, would the fact that GSK is such a big company offset that perceived lower salary? The offer from GSK also highlights 6 month performance based reviews which increase salary, yearly bonuses and other benefits however i assume alot of companies offer this?
Any thoughts?
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ACA is far more valuable
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ACA is far more valuable
And what are you basing that statement off if i may ask
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And what are you basing that statement off if i may ask
You can basically do everything with it, imo ACA auditting at a top 10 firm is far more valuable than a CIMA/Finance at a large industry firm.
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You can basically do everything with it, imo ACA auditting at a top 10 firm is far more valuable than a CIMA/Finance at a large industry firm.
Are you aca/cima qualified or do you work in finance by any chance?
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Are you aca/cima qualified or do you work in finance by any chance?
No, useto work in tax but not anymore.

Your best bet is doing some more research on your own and deciding for yourself.
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Ive tried researching but everything seems subjective, people doing ACA are saying its better for prospects whilst those doing CIMA are saying it makes no difference. The situation im in is slightly different as GSK are a massive company, the monetary and non monetary benefits of working for them could potentially offset any perceived wage difference as opposed to being ACA qualified at a top 10 firm.

The problem is what i could be saying might be totally incorrect, which is why im looking for a second opinion, preferably a professional one who has either qualification or any knowledge in the real world about differences in wages and prospects.
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Ive tried researching but everything seems subjective, people doing ACA are saying its better for prospects whilst those doing CIMA are saying it makes no difference. The situation im in is slightly different as GSK are a massive company, the monetary and non monetary benefits of working for them could potentially offset any perceived wage difference as opposed to being ACA qualified at a top 10 firm.

The problem is what i could be saying might be totally incorrect, which is why im looking for a second opinion, preferably a professional one who has either qualification or any knowledge in the real world about differences in wages and prospects.
The qualifications are completely different, one is financial accounting, the other is management accounting.
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The qualifications are completely different, one is financial accounting, the other is management accounting.
Do you know of any noticeable differences which would prevent progression career wise and salary wise?
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Do you know of any noticeable differences which would prevent progression career wise and salary wise?
If you qualify in public practice at a decent firm you'll be able to move into industry at a higher level than you would be at the same point in your career starting in industry. Though if you really love costing by all means take the GSK job. You can go nearly all CIMA jobs as an AcA but not necessarily the other way round. The ACA is tougher though, I'm about to start professional level and the volume is quite intense.
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(Original post by Skengdo)
So i have been offered the chance to gain the CIMA qualification working at GSK. Alternatively, i can gain the ACA working at a top 10 accountancy firm. Which is better and why.

In terms of global influence, GSK is massive, operating in over 100 countries and its in the top 5 FTSE 100. However, the accountancy firm also has somewhat of a global prescence with offices in close to a 100 countries as well, although not as large in scale as GSK.
I've read that ACA qualified earn more than CIMA/ACCA, however, would the fact that GSK is such a big company offset that perceived lower salary? The offer from GSK also highlights 6 month performance based reviews which increase salary, yearly bonuses and other benefits however i assume alot of companies offer this?
Any thoughts?
What was the application process for gsk like and where is the positon based?

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What was the application process for gsk like and where is the positon based?

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The application process varies according to scheme and level of entry.
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