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What are the exit opportunities of some one working for one of the Big 4 accounting firms?

Mainly geared at someone who wants to leave after working there 2-5 years.

Is it possible and/or likely to get into consulting at a BCG or McKinsey type?

Are their and opportunities to get into investment banking?

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Comments (11)

  • MagicKarp's picture

    If you're good, a top b-school, and then potentialy networking from there to land into bcg/mckinsey. Other than that, I think a straight up lateral would be doable but even more difficult than the first scenario. But if you work in PE-focused group, you could exit to buy-side as well. I've seen it happen from a 'top' big 4 consulting practice.

  • prnz's picture

    Deloitte actually has a middle market investing banking group. I doubt it could ever get you into a bulge bracket bank, but it might set you up for something in the middle market.

    It is tough to generalize though. It really depends what you're doing because the Big 4 are large companies and your exit opportunities will vary based upon what your skills and experiences are.

    I know a few people from the valuation group that made it to the buy side. It's rare, but it happens. I also know a few that joined institutions similar to the IMF/World Bank in their international development / finance groups. Some people move within the Big 4 or take a promotion and hop to a firm like Grant Thorton. Not too many people go back for their MBA, but that is another potential exit.

    Unless you get into Deloitte Consulting doing strategy consulting, I'm going to say no that it is not possible to go directly to an MBB-type firm.

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    prnz:

    Unless you get into Deloitte Consulting doing strategy consulting, I'm going to say no that it is not possible to go directly to an MBB-type firm.

    Even going from Deloitte S&O to MBB is very very unlikely, let alone big4 audit (which I agree is virtually impossible).

    -MBP

  • Hugo Stiglitz's picture

    I think its possible depending on what service/group you are in currently with the Big 4. All fo them have some form of Corporate Finance division thats their version of a MM IB, and they all have Advisory services ( I know PwC and EY is rapidly expanding their consulting practices). So if you are in ether one of those groups, you can really leverage that into a some good opportunities. If not, I would definitely try and transfer in. I've heard that they actually accept Audit transfers into their corporate finance groups, so that could be your in for IB, then again, it would probably require staying their longer to establish a foundation, so you might just want to try and get your MBA.

    I know of a few PwC/EY advisory guys that now work at McKinsey and Bain, so its possible

    Hugo

  • noledjoker's picture

    when you are interviewing for big 4, recruiter told me not to say that you are intending to stay 3-4 years, I assume 5 isn't good enough for them either.

    Nostradamus

  • In reply to noledjoker
    Art.Vandelay's picture

    noledjoker:
    when you are interviewing for big 4, recruiter told me not to say that you are intending to stay 3-4 years, I assume 5 isn't good enough for them either.

    uhhhh no shit. I wouldnt tell them you plan on leaving ever.

    They know most people are doing a quick little rip and dip, but telling them that in an interview is probably the worst thing you could say.

  • In reply to Art.Vandelay
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    Art.Vandelay:
    noledjoker:
    when you are interviewing for big 4, recruiter told me not to say that you are intending to stay 3-4 years, I assume 5 isn't good enough for them either.

    uhhhh no shit. I wouldnt tell them you plan on leaving ever.

    They know most people are doing a quick little rip and dip, but telling them that in an interview is probably the worst thing you could say.

    I wrote not to say it in case he is being asked. Obviously unless you are a moron like a person on your picture appears to be, you should never throw such a thing in an interview.

    Nostradamus

  • In reply to noledjoker
    Art.Vandelay's picture

    noledjoker:
    Art.Vandelay:
    noledjoker:
    when you are interviewing for big 4, recruiter told me not to say that you are intending to stay 3-4 years, I assume 5 isn't good enough for them either.

    uhhhh no shit. I wouldnt tell them you plan on leaving ever.

    They know most people are doing a quick little rip and dip, but telling them that in an interview is probably the worst thing you could say.

    I wrote not to say it in case he is being asked. Obviously unless you are a moron like a person on your picture appears to be, you should never throw such a thing in an interview.

    The person in my picture is one of the most famous morons in TV history, and you sir are a moron sir if you do not know him sir.

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