Trying to decide between Big4 or staying at my current job… need opinions.
Here are the facts:
Current job I am making about 25k more than I would as a staff auditor at Big4 and I am currently in a senior level position with opportunity to move up at a small CPA firm.
Closing future doors because my resume doesn’t have Big4 on it.
What type of work are you doing at the small firm?
I agree you should stay if you are getting exposure to a lot of financial audit.
If you want to work for a public company and do not have exposure to public clients it may be worth leaving to Big 4. I am also assuming that because you are not able to make a lateral move that your experience at the smaller firm is lacking. I was a senior auditor at a smaller firm that did SEC audits in addition to private and 401k type stuff. I got offers to interview at a couple of the Big 4 for a senior position.
Ultimately, do what is most in line with your future goals. If you switch you will have to stay until at least senior at big 4 to make it worth it.
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