Hi all, I am late stages in an interview process with a big 4 Infrastructure Advisory team and the interviewer mentioned the next stage will be a 2 hour modelling test then an interview to discuss the analysis/recommendations. I am from Australia and the interviews so far have not been in person due to the COVID environment would anyone have ideas on what to expect here? They do a lot of renewable energy deals (solar, hydro) so I have been looking at some examples but I am curious given the 2 hour time frame what would be expected? I am imagining modelling a 20-30 year contract based on the
01 Nov 2020
I am a senior Fin/Acct major at a top 50 state undergrad business school. We are Big 4 target but not MBB/IB so I know where I stand. I have a 3.7 and decent involvement. I currently have an offer for BIg 4 Enterprise Risk Advisory after I graduate which I got from an internship. I enjoyed the people and the work was also enjoyable when it wasn't tech audit focused. However I am a little more interested in strategy compared to audit/risk management. I want to weigh the advantages of a Big 4 name vs a small no name strat/research firm that I think I have a chance at. I want to set myself up for
18 Sep 2020
Hello - I interned at a Big 4 company in their advisory department last summer and received a full-time offer. A few weeks after accepting the offer I found myself in some hot water with the law (DUI-D Charge, trial set for February). I realize this is a very serious offense (which personally offends individuals with certain histories) - for that I apologize. I have already started to learn from the experience and have self-enrolled in some programs in an attempt to repent for my sins. With that said, I don't know what my course of action should be regarding my prospective employer. Do I
27 Oct 2016
Hi! In one sentence, I am asking what are the chances to break into Top 7 MBA from big 4 advisory (FDD and valuation). I posted my question here because I got an offer and want to make an informed decision. Big 4 FDD and valuation is a small world so it is hard to find such info online and awkward to ask seniors before I even start working. Would anybody here help me understand the MBA perspective? I heard from a few college alumni that the almost everyone they know ended up in Top 7. How do you think based on your experience? Of course, further discussion on other exit opportunities are also
07 Apr 2016
eFinancialcareers published an article where they surveyed 6,500 consulting professionals globally on the ideal professional services firms to work for and the Big 4 surpass both Bain and BCG. The Big 4 consulting practices have gained a lot of prestige in the last couple of years, does anyone think there is any truth to this ranking? I still hold MBB way above Big 4 consulting. EDIT: Realized the picture is too small to see the rankings 1, McKinsey 2. PwC 3. Deloitte 4. EY 5. KPMG 6. BCG 7. Bain 8. Accenture 9. Grant Thornton 10. Oliver Wyman
26 Feb 2016
As the title suggests, leaving my firm in a few days. More than happy to address any questions, general or detailed, regarding my experience
13 Jan 2015
Hey everyone, I've been searching this forum to help me find answers to my questions, and thought it might just be easier to ask my own questions rather than searching replies in other people's threads. I just graduated and recently started at Deloitte as in ERS/Advisory this past August. However, I had originally thought that the role would be much more strategy-related...and not just IT Controls testing (I do understand that there are parts of ERS that are more consulting-like, but at least in the near future, I foresee only IT Controls Testing in my job at this level). I'm a bit unsatisfied
15 Oct 2015
Hi Everyone, I'm currently in the middle of a job competition for a big 4 advisory group. Wanted to gain some perspective if possible. Story: Early December – Professional contact referred me to the group VP that was hiring. Things went well and applied for the position. Mentioned they would start the hiring process in January. 2nd Week January – Followed up and found out the process got pushed back to the end of January but they hope to move quickly after that. Feb 11th – Phone interview with HR. HR mentioned the VP liked portions of my profile. Setup first in-person interview following week. Feb 17th – In person interview with VP goes good. I like the culture/fit of team.
10 Mar 2015
Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge about PwC's Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate (FSR) Group. "The PwC FSR group has experience in all aspects of securitization accounting, tax, finance, servicing, valuation, asset analysis and due diligence, structuring alternatives, transaction closings and issuance, trustee and bond administration operations, investor reporting, financial reporting, compliance, Regulation AB reporting, technology, transaction surveillance, and risk management." http://www.PwC.com/us/en/financial-instruments-an… Any information regarding prestige, pay, exit ops would be very much appreciated!
19 Oct 2012
Alright I am probably going to get a ton of heat for this post but I am really torn as to what I want to pursue. Currently I have received offers to do an investment management summer internship with Goldman Sachs as well as Management Consulting with PwC. I suspect that the investment management offer would be in the Private Wealth management area. I realize that these two internships are on the opposite sides of the spectrum. However, both intrigue me as they seem to require extensive client interaction. My questions are, what kind of people do PWM? Which one provides a more rewarding career? Other useful information includes: I am a sophomore at Semi-target state school and am pursuing degrees in both finance & accounting.
20 Oct 2014
I'm in the second year of my MBA.. and have 2 offers 1) SA @ PwC 2) SC @ Deloitte S&O The roles are similar, however it seems like Deloitte does more strategy, vs PwC mostly operations and implementation work. PwC came up with 10% more money and a much larger sign-on bonus. During the interview process I think I liked the PwC people better... friendlier in general. It seems like a no-brainer with PwC, however doing strategy is important to me. What do you guys think?
01 Nov 2011
Hey Everyone, I'm leaning towards accepting a FT offer from EY's financial services consulting arm. Was just curious on what typical exit opps are from this program? Which MBA's recruit from this program? Thanks!
27 Nov 2014
Hi all, First post here. I am currently in audit at one of the Big 4 and am interested in eventually transitioning to transaction advisory services, specifically accounting due diligence for M&A and perhaps later, some valuation work. What is the recommended path to doing so? - How many years should I put in audit? - What are some of the relevant skills from audit that I can use in due dilligence, besides being familiar with the financial statements? - Do I have to have top ratings? What if instead of 1's, I'm getting 2's - is that sufficient? - What is the process of making the switch? i.e., what bureaucratic things do I need to worry about? - Is it generally easy to make a switch within the firm, or is the swtiching firms completely path more common?
17 Aug 2012
3 months ago I was losing hope on getting placed before my undergrad is over. I thought my finals will end in May and I'll be on a job hunt at least till August or so ! Well ... how things can change. I have not 1 but 2 offer letters currently and my last exam is on the 23rd, i.e on Friday! Anyway , so the .. First is Ernst & Young - TAS - Valuations (Specific to Real Estate sector) Second is Grant Thornton - corporate finance - M&A/Lead Advisory Both being Analyst positions. My short term aim is to be able to probably do my CFA, get a good gmat score, and then pursue a good Masters in Finance or MBA starting 2017 or 2018!
20 May 2014
I've seen lots of posts asking about the possibility of going from Big 4 to a top MBA program, but I haven't been able to find anything regarding my particular situation. It seems most of the people on the site are coming from audit or advisory in TS/M&A. Would working in Forensics, under advisory at KPMG, hurt my chances of getting into a top MBA program versus audit? I think I would enjoy Forensics, but I've always wanted to go and get an MBA down the road. So basically my question is if it is possible to go from KPMG Forensics to a top MBA assuming my gmat scores, extracurricular activities, essays, etc. are all up to par?
16 Apr 2014
Hey guys, I'm a junior accounting major and this upcoming semester is the major recruiting cycle for internship offers (90% of which lead to FT offers). All of the firms ask for your top two locations of preference and expect that the office you intern at will be the place you continue onto full time. I know my top two offices are NYC and Denver, but I'm having trouble picking between them. I feel like living in NYC on a salary of 70-75k is going to be tough and I would definitely be able to do more and enjoy my time more in Denver (salary of ~60k). However, I know that I eventually want to
07 Jan 2018
I've seen plenty of threads about xx firm advisory vs. other opportunity, but nothing dedicated specifically to advisory roles at professional services firms. I also know there has been endless debate about which firm is worth a crap, which ones suck, etc. - valid discussions, but not what I'm looking for here. Would love to hear about all things advisory Big 4, Grant Thornton, McGladrey, etc: *how you came into the role *industries worked in (would especially love to hear about energy related work) *travel, work/life balance *likes? dislikes? *if you've moved on, what you're doing now *any other thoughts, advice, etc. you'd like to share
14 Jun 2012
I was reading an article on TS in a Scandinavian country. The article says hours are 50-60 week. Would this as well as pay be similar in the U.S.? Anyone with specific knowledge on the jobs hours/work life balance would be greatly appreciated.
25 Jun 2014
I just got an offer from a very highly rated consulting firm (not MBB) and was wondering if anybody knew what the policies on negotiating offers are. I'm coming out of undergrad so I don't have a whole lot of leverage - if any, but also don't want to leave money on the table if negotiating is possible. Any advice or personal anecdotes you guys would have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
22 Mar 2011
Hi guys, First of all I'd like to thank everyone for their posts on this forum as they have been really helpful to get information from people who are actually in industry. Well I am a fresh graduate from a top UK business school, I am hoping to go into IB, however I have received a few offers which has really confused me and I would love some advice from you. As I mentioned, I am a fresh graduate, and so I have no full-time experience. I have completed a few internships at a number of banks, but that is it. I have been offered 3 jobs, and I am in limbo on which to choose! 1) Graduate scheme in sales+trading at a very well known bank. 2) Analyst position in Transaction Advisory Services (Real Estate) for a B4 firm.
14 Mar 2014
Pretty much it. Accounting and finance undergraduate in europe I am interested in audit and strategic consulting. For the first part i am obligated to get ACCA. For the second is acca+ msc in applied econ a good path. (i am not a fun of mba so i seek alternatives with a good finance focus)
15 Jun 2015
I recently graduated from an MSF program and will be starting with a Big 4 firm in their intellectual property practice. They assist clients (mostly F500 firms and a few VC funds) with licensing, valuation and transactions of IP. I have a background in electrical engineering and hence found the space really exciting as it gave me the opportunity to work with new technologies from a financial/commercialization perspective. In the long term, I am hoping to break into VC. Any idea if this experience would help me break in down the road? I also have the opportunity to switch to the transaction advisory side within the TMT group, would this make more sense? Thanks for all the input!
02 Aug 2014
Hey guys, Just need a little incite, I just graduated in May from a non-target with a 3.6 in Accounting. I have internship experience in Internal Audit at a Fortune 100 and in Risk Consulting at a Big 4. I received an offer at the Big 4 but it doesn't start for another year so I figured i could take the time to maybe find a better job to start my career. Over the past 2 months I've applied to about 100 banks but I've realized that i'm being way too optimistic, especially in today's economy, to land anything at a bank. With that all being said what consulting firms are reasonable with my
20 Sep 2011
I'm a junior most probably pursuing a Big 4 risk advisory summer internship in banking and capital markets Risk management and possibly being able to interview with corp finn, valuations, M&A towards the end of the summer. If I skip the ibanking route...can I sitll make it to a f500 corp dev and eventually a PE/VC group? Has it been done, is it doable? How many years with the big 4 firm? I love the people there. after a few year working there if I don't plan on going partner i would like to pursue f500 or VC/PE or a top tier consulting firm. has anyone does anything similar (skipping ibanking)
05 Feb 2011
Hi monkeys, It may sound like a random topic but I have zero clue on what I will be wearing as an entry-level associate at a Big 4 advisory. I'm curious to know if I will be wearing a suit all the time. How formal is the attire? My office is in NYC. Thanks, and merry christmas to you all!
24 Dec 2014
The thing with Big 4 Management Consulting is that it is possible to get into these 4 firms without the need for MBA. I personally graduated with a Masters in IS from a 3x ranked US News School and still made it into the CIO Advisory Program of a Big 4. The problem with Big 4 MC is that about 80% of the work is Operations Related and only 20% if you are lucky is Strategy related.
04 Dec 2012
I have an offer from a Big 4 valuation group. However I really want to do IB. I am about to complete my 5th year in a masters in accounting program and am thinking about turning down the Big 4 offer in order to recruit for a SA spot. I was never able to recruit with investment banks since I was banned from OCR - due to accounting internships I had already committed to. Will recruiters see me as damaged goods since I will be graduating before my internship and also since I will be 2 years older than most other candidates? My info: I am graduating in May 2013 with a masters in accounting, I will have my CPA, a 3.75 GPA, and I go to a large school in TX.
18 Oct 2012
Hi guys, I'm currently in one of the Big 4, strategy & sustainability consulting in Asia with 2 years of experience (not Deloitte S&O) and I'm trying to break into tier 2 strat (AT Kearney, roland berger and etc.) or even try for MBB. Btw, I've got an interview coming up with Deloitte S&O if that helps. Please review my CV and tell me upfront, whats my chance! Thanks! http://www.razume.com/documents/26779
05 Aug 2012
I've wasted enough hours in the day reading this board that it's worth me contributing... I'm a recent PSU grad, solid GPA. Did the F500/regional brokerage internships, went abroad. Networked like a maniac, landed a bunch of F500/retail banking/consulting/anything-except-stripping-but-maybe-yes-if-it-pays gigs. Took a Big 4 Advisory offer (not TAS). Doing well, pretty comfortable.
16 Mar 2011
Wanted to get some outside perspective on my current situation. Currently been with a Big 4 consulting firm for 2+ years. This year is my promotion year to Senior (I am 98% sure I will be promoted). I am looking to make a move soon to industry (ideally in strategic planning of corporate dev roles) and preferably in the tech space before going back to school. The issue with my industry move is that most companies haven't been given me as much as a chance as I would have liked - most of the inquiries I am getting are mor tech focused (I'm starting to really doubt the brand name Big 4 firms have). Moreover, I am in the FS industry group, so I have very limited exposure to the tech space.
04 Nov 2014
I have just been offered a position at a large E&P in a 'corp. development & planning' group, which falls under treasury. It sounds interesting enough and the company has a great reputation around town - it is decently sized, so I would have the name recognition but it isn't so large that I would be stuck in this position for 5 years and not really learn much. While I am tempted to take it seeing as how I am currently in Audit (going on 8 months) - I do not want to jump the gun and leave for a position I will regret - it seems a lot of people do this.
27 Aug 2012
Hello all, I am currently graduating in economics (where I did a lot of IT stuff on the side) and I now got job offers from Accenture, another IT consulting firm, and the IT advisory branch of KPMG. I'd be very interesting what your thoughts on KPMG and Accenture are. Especially I am interested in the range of projects those companies get, the career opportunies and how easy it is to go on projects abroad with them. Thanks a bunch
04 Jan 2012
I'm considering between these two options. I'm more interested in management consulting. But I don't know which firm I should go for entry level. Between PwC (Performance Alignment) Ernst & Young (PI)and IBM (Business Information) consulting? Any idea? Thanks in advance
07 Mar 2013
Hey guys, Long time reader, new member. I am currently approx 5 months out from graduating (graduate april 2012) and am considering either sticking with my small boutique consulting firm or applying for a larger consulting firm. I don't think I would have much of a chance for MBB with a GPA of 2.9 but I think I would have a shot with a big four or mid-tier with my consulting experience. At my current firm we specialise in natural resources, mostly in coal. I am working with a team that is implementing a Management Operating System. Most of my work is around creating process documents, excel/word monkey, reviewing work from other consultants etc. Also had an internship at Deloitte (they wanted me to do consulting/accounting so wasn't interested in offer).
09 Nov 2011
Hello all! Longtime lurker, first time poster here. So I currently work in Big 4 Advisory as an IT auditor. I am not a fan of the work and I really want out. My true aspirations are to go to b-school and get into consulting. That said, have a few questions if anyone could provide insight: 1) How do top b-schools usually perceive IT auditors? 2) Would it be better to try for an analyst position in consulting now and leave IT audit altogether? 3) Or does it look better to suck it up for a couple more years (with promotion) and then apply? Thanks for any input!
18 Aug 2014
Hey Guys, Just have a quick question here: I have superday coming up for transaction advisory in NY, and my friend who works for audit in another big 4 company told me that once I get in for superday for a big4, my chances of getting that position is basically like 98% unless i do something really stupid that day. I just wanted to confirm this with you guys. What do you guys think? Was my friend just lucky that she happened to be in a good recruiting cycle and the acceptance rate was particularly high? I've also heard that KPMG is expanding+hiring like crazy! What about other three? Any insights/opinions are appreciated! thanks!!
11 Oct 2011
yo guys I am a sophomore finance and accounting major at a business school that ranks in the bottom half of the top 100. I have also just completed a 6 month finance/accounting co-op with Johnson and Johnson. I recently attending E&Y's Emerging Leaders Program and was offered an internship in assurance-external audit.. They are letting me choose if I want to take the internship in the Summer 2012 or Summer 2013... I am set to graduate in the Summer of 2014 with 150 credits. What would you advise I take? I am a little worried about this internship because I have a strong interest in finance, more than accounting, but I am hoping the audit experience could lead to a position in advisory or transactional services. Could this be true?
03 Jun 2011
I've read on this site that Big 4 Valuation projects can be highly variable. I'm trying to determine how to get on the more complex projects to gain experience and increase my various exit opps, Thanks
09 Sep 2016
I am currently a Risk Consulting Associate at a Big 4 Financial Services Advisory practice. However, the work is not really what I expected and is pretty dull IMO. I am interested in transitioning into Public Sector consulting having previous with the State Dept and state governments. With interests in international development, policy, and infrastructure development, which firms would offer the best chances for being staffed on project with clients like the World Bank, United Nations, State Department, USAID, etc?
01 May 2016
Hi Everyone, I have run into a bit of dilemma and i figured the folks on WSO may be able to help. First a little background on myself: I am a current senior year at a good (but non-target) business school with a good GPA and pretty strong resume. Moral of the story is I have been applying to full time opportunities and I think in the long run i want to be in capital markets at a larger bank. That being said, i didn't get into capital markets, and continued to look elsewhere for good options and was able to secure to offers for full time. One at Citi as a Credit analyst and one from PwC in
02 Nov 2015
Hi, Looking for some advice on career progression from the knowledgeable members here. Two years ago, I joined a Big 4 as a Senior (tech consulting) out of a top-20 MBA program as an Experienced Hire with 6+ years of non-consulting, but brand name, experience. I was told that a promotion to Manager was likely in two years due to my last non-MBA role as a Manager in a top bank's business analytics unit. However, that didn't happen in spite of excellent appraisal reports and I'm considering a change. Now, I believe that a promotion next year is very likely, and so I'm trying to determine whether
06 Jun 2015
Hello Everyone, Would love to get some advice on which route is better for a summer internship eventually leading to IB / PE / front office. Either big 4 Advisory Summer internship or Citi Summer Financial Analyst Program (hired as "generalist"). As a background, I had prior internship at a boutique IB and looking for something that will give an "edge" when applying for full time next year. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, H
20 Mar 2015
So I just got an offer for a senior associate position with a big 4 type consulting firm. This role is based off a major city in Texas and the group is specialized in financial services (banks, originators, etc.). I am supposed to respond within a couple days and would really appreciate any insights on lifestyle, career prospects and exit opportunities. Is it crazy hours like audit (hopefully not)? I am no slacker and willing to put in the needed hours and efforts. But there's more to life than just work right? :)
24 Feb 2015