I recently decided to go into the big 4 audit for a few years, get my MBA, and hopefully transition to consulting. The problem is I don't know which Big 4 firm to work for as far as audit division goes (and probably even overall as a company whole!).
Could anyone give me some feedback on which Big 4 firm would best fit my career goals (Big 4 Audit --> MBA ---> Consulting) and could also give some feedback on which Big 4 is best overall and their company culture?
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While our users shared comparisons between the firms below - they all stressed the culture of the firm, group, and location are what matter the most as in the end, all Big 4 firm largely carry the same level of prestige. You should spend time networking with and visiting the groups in the locations that you are looking to work for.
Get to know as many people from each Big 4 in the city/office you want to work in. I'm in my 4th year at my Big 4, and seriously, the people you work with make ALL the difference. Try asking Big 4 employees at networking events what they like most about their firm, and most will probably say "the people."
All Big 4 are the same - PwC/Deloitte being a bit more prestigious. Audit is terrible for getting into consulting. Try advisory if you fail getting into a pure consulting shop.
A company's culture varies office from office. In my location, EY are regarded as the elitists, PwC the sweat shop, Deloitte the frat stars surfer bros, and KPMG is the party firm. Once again this varies from city to city.
Deloitte I would avoid, unless you are just going for the brand name. EY and KPMG are more of the laid back types and have more easy going cultures compared to the others. PwC is good too but they work you to the ground, but like the previous poster said, it depends on the people you meet and the particular city office you will be working in.
With that being said, you really can't go wrong with any of them. I would personally base your decision on the people you meet and the office culture and then make your decision. People from the outside world generally don't give a shit which Big 4 Firm you worked for, since it's all Big 4.
User @Higheck123 shared another perspective:
I think you are probably better off not trying to base your decision off of general "culture" of the firms. As some people have mentioned it varies greatly from office to office.
First decide what location you are targeting; from there you can figure out which firm will give you the best opportunity to pursue whatever path interests you most. I don't have any knowledge of the big 4 in the south but as far as NY and the greater NE area, I believe Deloitte and PWC generally dominate in terms of reputation and they have a lot of F500 and public company clients.
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