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please rank the big 4

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  • pongo's picture

    My question to you would be why? In terms of pay, exit options, or experience, you are likely to get a nearly identical experience at any of them. You should go where you seem to fit in with the people the best. Each office location is going to differ in that sense.

  • sleepyguyb's picture

    toss up between the other two.
    All four are good, PWC and EY just have slight edges overall. It also depends on what group. For consulting, Deilotte (spelling)would be first.

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  • brackmdj's picture

    The Big 4 were huge at my school, and basically I saw two tiers with respect to where the "talent" was going.

    Tier 1 - PwC and E&Y
    Tier 2 - Deloitte and KPMG

    in that order, based on tax & audit functions. Maybe some other people can chime in on the Transaction Services divisions of each; I don't know a whole lot about them.

  • freeloader's picture

    There's a difference between them?

    I thought they were lumped together as the "big 4" for a reason...

  • jkh's picture

    Andersen used to be head and shoulders above the rest of the competition but PwC is the strongest of the surviving Big 4, followed by Deloitte, KPMG, and E&Y.

    I am really surprised to hear people list E&Y as top tier - they missed out on the land grab after Andersen and made a critical misstep with the Cap Gemini merger.

    In any case, the Big 4 is similar to IBD in that each company has its strengths and weaknesses. So, it is hard to make a blanket assessment of the companies.

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    brackmdj's picture

    jkh wrote:

    In any case, the Big 4 is similar to IBD in that each company has its strengths and weaknesses. So, it is hard to make a blanket assessment of the companies.

    Agreed, best to not get caught up in the minor details between the firms, at this stage the work is nearly identical; the only thing that should matter to you is how you fit, not the name on the business card--because everyone will recognize any 4 of those names.

  • CompBanker's picture

    The Big 4 recruit heavily at my school. Of the students who go to the Big 4, the best typically go to E&Y and PWC. Deloitte is a step behind and KPMG seems to get little recognition. As far as experience goes, I can't imagine one would be particularly better than any of the others. I'd say go with whatever one you meshed with the best.


  • Kools's picture

    What's the most "prestigious" thing to do at a Big 4 firm?

  • jaclee317's picture

    If I had to work for a particular Big 4 group, I would do TAS.

    But making partner with any group is pretty much the most "prestigious" thing you can do, if that counts.

  • gomes3pc's picture

    I'd say pwc is a step of ahead of the rest in terms of desire by most undergrads, then EY and Deloitte, with KPMG a few steps behind but not off the map. EY seems to have a more professional atmosphere while Deloitte from what I've read/heard from friends is more a "fun" place to work. Not that any accounting is fun, so maybe less mundane is a better description.

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