Big Four in the Middle East

I am currently an LSE MSc student set to graduate next September. I am in the process for quite a few F500 companies in UK/EU already (for graduate roles in management/finance), although I am considering going back home (Jordan) after my studies for a year or two. I am confident I can secure a Big 4 consulting role, although given the fact that the Jordanian market isn't exactly huge, I am not sure of the value that such an experience would have on my resume. In the long-term, I would like to work in an F500 in management/finance in EU/UK/Canada.

I would appreciate any insight.

Comments (13)

Jan 24, 2022 - 4:19pm
WSO Monkey Bot, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  • Associate 1 in ER
Feb 9, 2022 - 5:03am

Big4 are worldwide recognised names. They will always hold value on your CV. Not sure what else you want to hear.

Feb 11, 2022 - 5:22am
dikefa1471, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Big4 (non strategy) are an absolute utter trash in the Middle East, incl. specifically in Jordan. The level of talent is extremely low.

Feb 11, 2022 - 7:27am
ElitistPopulist, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Agreed. Although I am thinking along the lines of strategy, I think it's not great at all given the small market and subpar talent. I would only do it for a few months as a Plan B until I would find an alternative.

Feb 11, 2022 - 8:05am
dikefa1471, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are no strat teams in Jordan though, so be mindful of that. It will also be difficult to get out of Jordan once you start there. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Feb 11, 2022 - 6:40am

Big4 MENA are operationally HQd out of Dubai. Majority of their clients are in UAE/Saudi hence most of the talent pool resides there.

For MENA, Dubai is to it what London is to Europe or New York is to North America. It will look best on your CV.

Feb 13, 2022 - 4:49pm
anas.om, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Big 4 will help on your cv anyway although it's true that being in Jordan will hurt the perspective. Do you know if you could be staffed regionally at least (e.g Dubai) or if you could do an office transfer to EU or so down the line? Or what project pipeline is there in Jordan and how could that be transferrable elsewhere? That would smoothen out your transition.

Feb 14, 2022 - 5:56am
dikefa1471, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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