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The Pros of working for the Big 4

Posted by Rebecca English

As a Consultant who actively works for a Big 4 client, I am often engaging with candidates who have a perception of the Big 4 which can be very positive and sometimes challenged by candidates who have a negative perception of the Big 4. One common theme I have observed is the lack of understanding of the expectations and culture of the Big 4 environment.  I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the ‘Pros’ of working in a Big 4 environment, as I have invested time to meet with multiple teams at the Big 4 to understand the work, culture and environment which candidates would potentially be working in that I represent to them:

  • Exposure to high ranking client personnel, including executives-  The Big 4 accounting and consulting firms work with the best companies in the world, their clients include every company in the Fortune 500 as well as nearly every company not in the Fortune 500.
  • Prestigious name to have on your CV-  To have Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, or EY on your resume is a huge boost for you for your entire accounting career.
  • International Tax opportunities- The Big 4 have offices internationally who work with the most successful multi-national corporations in the world and are able to offer their services in any location that their clients do business in.
  • Work with specialists and practitioners- You will have the opportunity to work under highly successful, skilled and intelligent people to learn from.
  • It is easy to get a promotion –you can expect a promotion every 2- 3 years at the Big 4
  • Flexible dress code- Most of the Big 4 firms allow you to wear casual clothing to the office
  • Resources- The Big 4 have a lot of resources available as they are very employee orientated (employees generate revenue).
  • Constant Training- The Big 4 firms have yearly training for their employees and have constant webinars to help them stay level with the current accounting industry.
  • Subscriptions and research tools- These are accessible to support your work and further learning
  • Flexible working- This is promoted within the culture and remote working is encouraged.
  • Holidays- you will receive 25 vacation days a year as soon as you start and can buy more within your benefits allowance.

Hopefully, this article has provided you with an insight into the benefits gained from working within the Big 4. Always remember that when you are deciding on your next career move, you should always research the firm to ensure it is the right environment for you as it is your career. If you would be interested in learning more please do not hesitate to contact me.

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