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    I'm in a dilema here guys.

    I have an offer for Grant Thornton Audit and I'm considering whether to bother applying to the Big 4 in audit as well.

    My reasons are although training, work life balance and career progression are greater at Grant Thornton and it is still one of the top and most respected firms in the world, it is not Big 4.

    Does the prestige of working for a Big 4, even if I feel the experience will not be as good trump all of the aforementioned factors about Grant Thornton. I plan to go into industry or a finance banking role after achieving my chartered accountant status.

    Does anyone have experience or knowledge that could help me make a decision or have also been in this situation.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Just go for GT - unless you really really want to work for big4 and are sure you will get an offer (GT will want a response eventually and big4 might take a while to get through the whole recruitment process)
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    (Original post by T.G.O.A.T)
    My reasons are although training, work life balance and career progression are greater at Grant Thornton and it is still one of the top and most respected firms in the world, it is not Big 4.
    Out of interest, which department did you apply for? Audit will be long hours at both sets of firms.

    Career progression for the first five years is "everyone is the same". After that it all depends on how good you are.
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    (Original post by T.G.O.A.T)
    I'm in a dilema here guys.

    I have an offer for Grant Thornton Audit and I'm considering whether to bother applying to the Big 4 in audit as well.

    My reasons are although training, work life balance and career progression are greater at Grant Thornton and it is still one of the top and most respected firms in the world, it is not Big 4.

    Does the prestige of working for a Big 4, even if I feel the experience will not be as good trump all of the aforementioned factors about Grant Thornton. I plan to go into industry or a finance banking role after achieving my chartered accountant status.

    Does anyone have experience or knowledge that could help me make a decision or have also been in this situation.

    Thanks in advance!
    First of all, the training will be better at a big 4, they have a much larger dedicated training team and work closely with the colleges to ensure they get exactly what they want.

    I would also expect work life balance to be reasonably similar - heck I have a friend in a small highstreet accountant and he can work similar hours to me (I am at KPMG)

    Career progression will also be better at KPMG, you will have more options available to you compared to GT (although GT will still have good options).

    You will ultimately work on more prestigeous clients at a big4, this will be more attractive to potential employers when you leave - as will having big4 on your CV.

    If I were you I would try for the big4, as you plan to leave once qualifying, you may aswell get a better name on your CV as it wll carry more weight.

    As a comment to the post above, everything is not the same for the first five years, I have managed to move to Corporate Finance from Audit after 2 years; if you work hard and are good at the job you will be rewarded with better a payrise, better bonus and more movement options; if you don't do this from the start you will struggle in 5 years to 'stand out' and progress further (all though the usual progression is pretty standardised until your trying for manager).
 
 
 
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