Just like every other Big 4
Senior Manager (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – 21 February 2017
The hours are terrible, but the opportunity is enormous. Just like every other Big 4 firm, you'll make way more than you're worth in your first couple of years, you'll soak up a ton of experience during all of your late nights and dinners at your desk, and then you'll be worth way more than you make for a few years. Anyone who jumps ship at the Senior or Manager level can expect to see a great increase in pay outside of public accounting. Anyone that sticks around to make partner can expect to wait about 15 years (give or take 3 years depending on the market), but then partner compensation is pretty fantastic.
Big 4 life is really hard on families. Really hard. 60-80 work weeks for most of the year, frequent travel, and constant social events for clients and coworkers leave little time for anything else in your life. Deciding to join the Big 4 is a lifestyle choice that works best when you're single and have no other responsibilities. If you want to have a family, my advice is to get a few years of experience to launch your career, and then get out before you start having kids.
Experience, opportunity, team environment, frequent lunches, dinners, happy hours, and other social events
Work hours, work-life balance, regulatory environment