November 7, 2019 at 4:12 pm #2785266ThanhParticipant
I got and accepted an offer from a big 4 firm which will start in 2020 Fall. However, there is a small CPA firm is willing to hire me immediately. Is it ok for me to work at the small firm until Fall of 2020 and switch over to big 4. Both of them are tax related. Help me please.November 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm #2785599PuppykoalaParticipant
Don't see why not. Get some experience and some money, the bigger one is gonna love it.November 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm #2786688NateParticipant
Does the small firm know you'll be leaving for the big 4? Or are they hiring with the understanding that you'll be there long term? Regardless, it's your choice, but for me personally, I don't think I could take advantage of a small firm like that. Hopefully they understand it's temporary, if so, then that'd be a great way to get some experience before your Big 4 job starts.November 8, 2019 at 11:50 pm #2787420vbmerParticipant
I don't think there's anything wrong with working for the small firm for 9-10 months before starting Big Four, unless you have something better to do between now and then. It's not really taking advantage of the smaller firm if you give them nearly a year of service. I see new grads doing this all the time, and it doesn't bother me as long as it's not a habit.November 9, 2019 at 3:25 am #2787501ezakipockyParticipant
You do know public accounting is more or less a seasonal business right?
One busy season is almost equivelent to one year experience.November 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm #278824212tangParticipant
Opinions will vary but I'd be sure to let the small public firm know of your intentions. This is a small CPA firm, so retention of employees will be more important to them versus a larger firm. They're investing their time to train you in, so if you just walk after a year and they didn't see it coming, they'll definitely be disappointed. Your reputation is everything in my honest opinion. Act accordingly. Again, opinions will vary… But really ask yourself, does it feel right to not inform them, then split after a year? In my own head, I'd say it wouldn't feel right to do that. But if they're cool with it then by all means, get that extra experience.November 9, 2019 at 11:52 pm #2788668Accounting_is_TaxingParticipant
I don't understand how you would be taking advantage of a small firm. You work 9-10 months for them, and they pay you for 9-10 months of work.November 10, 2019 at 5:57 am #2788779AnthonyParticipant
Do it. If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't even think twice about it. Many people switch jobs after a year or so for bigger pay or whatever the case maybe. This is nothing new.November 11, 2019 at 9:43 am #2790318Jeff Elliott, CPAKeymaster
Just be upfront about your intentions. If you help them grind out a tax season, I doubt they would care and would love to have you.
If you want to own your own CPA firm someday – the path to doing that is working for a small CPA firm – NOT working for Big 4.
If you want to work in Industry eventually – then Big 4 is the way to go.November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am #2790510aaronmoParticipant
I think there's a benefit to both perspectives, but I think you may run the risk of developing “different”, less formal, habits that you will have to re-learn. I experienced that when I went from small to regional. A lot will depend who you work under in either case.
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