Quitting after 3 months in Big 4?

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  • #181823
    Anonymous
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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a first year working in external audit in Big 4 in the greater nyc area, and to put it frankly, I hate it. I've been assigned to a new client for about 3 weeks now, and everything I've done has been a train wreck. From control wlakthroughs to substantive testing, I'm not getting it at all. Aside from the client being new and not having PY workpapers to go off of, I don't feel like the team likes me. It takes me a very long time to do everything and I've had to work this weekend to get caught up (it's only interim, and not busy season)

    I don't know who to turn to for advice, as no one in my immediate family has worked in the field. I feel horrible about myself,

    I hit the snooze button everyday and dread waking up, and I usually don't get home until 9 (commute is long and having to stay late doesn't help). I have anxiety attacks thinking about going into work tomorrow. To be honest, I want to cry when I get home at night, but I don't want my parents to be upset.

    I did well in college, graduated with honors from a good business school, interned with the big 4 firm I work with now, got inducted into the business honors society, the whole nine. Since I've been on this client, I feel like an idiot most of the time and question everything I worked so hard for in school.

    I really want to put in my two weeks notice and go back to college and do an MS in accounting or something business, and finish up the cpa. I really don't think public accounting or auditing is for me, but I don't have the experience to land a job in industry right now. My parents tell me to stick out until a job offer comes my way, but at this rate I don't think I can make it, I feel like I'm losing touch with who I am as a person, I haven't felt like me since I started.

    Any advice? Will quitting only 3 months in come back to bite me later on in my career? Is there a way I can tell HR I wanted to go back to school without it making it look like I hate the job?

    I would never be open in this forum about my life, but I really don't know who to go to.

    #479024
    Tncincy
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    I am sorry your experience has not been a pleasant one, but I would ask questions of the senior person in charge. If you are on the assignment alone, ask a senior person at the office. I personally wouldn't quit until I know I have gotten the help needed. Almost everywhere you go people are intimidated by the new person, so don't dwell on the team not liking you get in there and ask for help. We know the saying: the only dumb question is the one that is not asked. If you don't get any help then quit, but I think it's too early I am sure there is someone there that can take you under their training wings.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #479034
    Tncincy
    Participant

    I am sorry your experience has not been a pleasant one, but I would ask questions of the senior person in charge. If you are on the assignment alone, ask a senior person at the office. I personally wouldn't quit until I know I have gotten the help needed. Almost everywhere you go people are intimidated by the new person, so don't dwell on the team not liking you get in there and ask for help. We know the saying: the only dumb question is the one that is not asked. If you don't get any help then quit, but I think it's too early I am sure there is someone there that can take you under their training wings.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #479025
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I would stay for at least a year your are bound to get the hang of it eventually everyone feels stupid at their first job. I would kill for a big 4 job back when I couldn't break into the field. I was working 7 days a week in retail doing stuff obviously nothing to do with accounting with no hope in site of me ever getting to use my masters. Also think you feel stupid at your job? I was messing up left and right and getting yelled at by 18 year old kids who were my supervisors at my retail jobs. I would have killed just to have gotten one weekend off at some point also so I don't have much sympathy for people who work weekends.

    I also have no clue how you got hired for by big 4 with just a bachelors in accounting. Do you have 150 credits some other way? Though I don't know how much big 4 care about hiring cpas because when I told them I passed 3 parts of the CPA exam they always seemed indifferent.

    #479036
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I would stay for at least a year your are bound to get the hang of it eventually everyone feels stupid at their first job. I would kill for a big 4 job back when I couldn't break into the field. I was working 7 days a week in retail doing stuff obviously nothing to do with accounting with no hope in site of me ever getting to use my masters. Also think you feel stupid at your job? I was messing up left and right and getting yelled at by 18 year old kids who were my supervisors at my retail jobs. I would have killed just to have gotten one weekend off at some point also so I don't have much sympathy for people who work weekends.

    I also have no clue how you got hired for by big 4 with just a bachelors in accounting. Do you have 150 credits some other way? Though I don't know how much big 4 care about hiring cpas because when I told them I passed 3 parts of the CPA exam they always seemed indifferent.

    #479027
    tough_kitty
    Member

    Definitely too early to quit!! I felt stupid in my first months on the job too and it wasn't even in public accounting so I was like wth!?! But you get used to it after awhile. You learn. Try to look at it as a challenge and learn! Especially now when you are studying for the AUD exam!! I think the only reason you are thinking about quitting is because you still live with your parents. While it's cool that you can do it, imagine what you'd do if you had no one to rely on but yourself. Job market is bad, there are hundreds of people who would love to get a job with big 4. Don't waste your opportunity to learn while you are also getting paid for it AND earning your work experience for the CPA license!

    #479038
    tough_kitty
    Member

    Definitely too early to quit!! I felt stupid in my first months on the job too and it wasn't even in public accounting so I was like wth!?! But you get used to it after awhile. You learn. Try to look at it as a challenge and learn! Especially now when you are studying for the AUD exam!! I think the only reason you are thinking about quitting is because you still live with your parents. While it's cool that you can do it, imagine what you'd do if you had no one to rely on but yourself. Job market is bad, there are hundreds of people who would love to get a job with big 4. Don't waste your opportunity to learn while you are also getting paid for it AND earning your work experience for the CPA license!

    #479029
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    big 4's dont require masters only you to be cpa eligible….

    #479040
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    big 4's dont require masters only you to be cpa eligible….

    #479031
    tough_kitty
    Member

    All big 4 firms hire people right out of college with a bachelor degree. That's a standard.

    #479042
    tough_kitty
    Member

    All big 4 firms hire people right out of college with a bachelor degree. That's a standard.

    #479033
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    “I also have no clue how you got hired for by big 4 with just a bachelors in accounting.”

    Why would you think otherwise?

    #479044
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    “I also have no clue how you got hired for by big 4 with just a bachelors in accounting.”

    Why would you think otherwise?

    #479035
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    How is a bachelors degree CPA eligible? In NY you need 150 credit hours! And if he is already CPA eligible what the hell is the point of getting an MS in accounting. Nothing is adding up, my head is spinning just contemplating the amount of contradictions in this crazy wild thread.

    #479046
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    How is a bachelors degree CPA eligible? In NY you need 150 credit hours! And if he is already CPA eligible what the hell is the point of getting an MS in accounting. Nothing is adding up, my head is spinning just contemplating the amount of contradictions in this crazy wild thread.

    #479037
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @accounting is my LIFO , i felt you. I thought big four was my career. But I hated it! There's no life in my group. The utilization rate they use is just throwing me off.I had anxiety attacks when I went to work. I didn't like most of the people in my group, and I quit from big four. Life is much better now. I think if you are sure that public accounting/audit is not your thing, you can definitely try do a MS accounting and finish your CPA. Thats'a big plus for you to go to industry later on!

    #479048
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @accounting is my LIFO , i felt you. I thought big four was my career. But I hated it! There's no life in my group. The utilization rate they use is just throwing me off.I had anxiety attacks when I went to work. I didn't like most of the people in my group, and I quit from big four. Life is much better now. I think if you are sure that public accounting/audit is not your thing, you can definitely try do a MS accounting and finish your CPA. Thats'a big plus for you to go to industry later on!

    #479039
    TTTZZZ
    Member

    You should stick it out:

    1. A new job is always hard, just because you dont understand something does not mean you can not understand it eventually

    2. Big 4 is a great experience

    3. Every entry level job sucks, it gets better once you have been there longer.

    4. Staying there for a full year will lead you to a great job

    5. I mean this is the nicest way possible…you sound really pathetic to me. Cant handle the real world and want to go back to college…come on man (or miss). If you got hired by the big 4 you know you are better than giving up after only 3 months

    I work at a T-10 firm in the NY area FYI

    #479050
    TTTZZZ
    Member

    You should stick it out:

    1. A new job is always hard, just because you dont understand something does not mean you can not understand it eventually

    2. Big 4 is a great experience

    3. Every entry level job sucks, it gets better once you have been there longer.

    4. Staying there for a full year will lead you to a great job

    5. I mean this is the nicest way possible…you sound really pathetic to me. Cant handle the real world and want to go back to college…come on man (or miss). If you got hired by the big 4 you know you are better than giving up after only 3 months

    I work at a T-10 firm in the NY area FYI

    #479041
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I have 154 total credit hours from my undergrad degree. How long ago did you graduate/where did you graduate? Some things are not adding up about you candlemassisawesome.

    #479051
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I have 154 total credit hours from my undergrad degree. How long ago did you graduate/where did you graduate? Some things are not adding up about you candlemassisawesome.

    #479043
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    To clear things up, I did graduate college with the 150 credit hours.

    #479053
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    To clear things up, I did graduate college with the 150 credit hours.

    #479045
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @candlemass

    150 credits is different than a masters, you could simply take additional courses or double major. theres also classes out there that prepare you for the cpa exam while simultaneously offering credits

    #479055
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @candlemass

    150 credits is different than a masters, you could simply take additional courses or double major. theres also classes out there that prepare you for the cpa exam while simultaneously offering credits

    #479047
    tough_kitty
    Member

    I think he just wanted to do a master's for himself. Nothing to do with number of units. Trust me, you are better off gaining experience on the job!

    #479057
    tough_kitty
    Member

    I think he just wanted to do a master's for himself. Nothing to do with number of units. Trust me, you are better off gaining experience on the job!

    #479049
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    i actually think big 4 hires more bachelors grads than masters grads/those with 150 credits. i went to a job fair few months ago and most of them were looking for either current students or those about to graduate. as opposed to candidates like me with 2 years work experience and 150 credits

    #479059
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    i actually think big 4 hires more bachelors grads than masters grads/those with 150 credits. i went to a job fair few months ago and most of them were looking for either current students or those about to graduate. as opposed to candidates like me with 2 years work experience and 150 credits

    #479052
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @ CPA followed by a bunch of seemingly random numbers

    I graduated 2 years ago and can't get a job because I never had an internship. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton with my masters.

    And my point is that if he hates public accounting then why go get a masters in accounting? And if your CPA eligible and passing the exam the masters degree does little more for you. I learn more from the CPA exam then graduate school because graduate school is bought down by the fact some people in it have no clue what's going on an no hope of ever being a CPA.

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