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    I would like some input preferably from those who are already working but all opinions welcome.

    From what I have read people from the big 4 work intense hours to the point that they drop out/ go into depression etc... Of course there are those who can cope just fine. But I just wanted to know if the level of intensity would be the same or less for mid tier / small firms

    2. Also, if I qualify at a small firm would I be restricted when applying to senior/manager roles as opposed to mid tier firms? Is there a big difference?
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    (Original post by loloway)
    I would like some input preferably from those who are already working but all opinions welcome.

    From what I have read people from the big 4 work intense hours to the point that they drop out/ go into depression etc... Of course there are those who can cope just fine. But I just wanted to know if the level of intensity would be the same or less for mid tier / small firms

    2. Also, if I qualify at a small firm would I be restricted when applying to senior/manager roles as opposed to mid tier firms? Is there a big difference?
    I'm Big Four audit and the hours depend on the client. I know some people who during busy season regularly work past 11 or even midnight while as others do not. Myself I've worked past 9PM about 5 times in the close to two years I've been here, finishing past 6PM is rare. But then again for some others its regular.

    Its really hard to tell because even within the same department there can be a huge disparity between what you experience on one job vs another.

    People do drop out, drop out like flies (though 90% after qualifying) but not because of work overload. Its because auditing is the dullest, most unstimulating and pointless job out there and the worst paid in the general realm of finance.

    2. Well where are you going for these manager positions? In a larger company there will always be more opportunities available, there the Big 4 have a clear advantage.

    Plus so many jobs want you to have a Big Four background so it does help your CV.
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    Long story short - luck of the draw half the time. If you really don't want any long hours, then don't go to a big 4. If you don't want many long hours but do want the big 4 brand, then try to stay off PLCs.
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    Repeating what has been said already but it really does vary. Have some jobs when I am working until 6pm and then a plc where I was doing 15 hour days for 8 weeks not even in busy season ! Exams are also painful, you really do have to give up the social life when they are on!
 
 
 
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