I'm looking to do Big 4 audit in a larger city (Chicago probably). I'm from Florida, so this is a bit of a jump for me. I'm looking to try something new and be in a big city with people my age rather than only families and old people, as well as some character.
My concern is whether or not the hours in a larger market will be significantly greater than that of a smaller market. I've heard some say that in big markets you have one set big client, so you have a more typical busy season of 80 hours for a few months and regular season of 50, while in a smaller market you have multiple small clients, which leads to more randomly placed YE's, and therefore more busy season hours throughout the year, but then I've also heard the complete opposite.
I'm going to be in a completely new part of the country, with a new career and no immediate family or old friends anywhere near me. I have no problem with the typical busy season schedule, as long as its not all year, because I think I'll find it pretty hard to meet new people and explore and be comfortable with the city if I'm working continual YEs and busy season hours year round. One of the reasons I'm (sort of) glad I'm not doing IB (not that it was much of a choice with my undergrad selection) is the fact that the hours are better in Big 4 audit. I just want to make sure I'm not getting myself into too much of a mess by doing public accounting in a big market compared to a small market.
And please go easy on the Big 4 bashing, for some of us, this is the absolute best option coming out of college. I know its notor consulting, but I'd like to believe its not too terrible.