Big 4 or Smaller Firms To Work For?


Big 4 firms (Pwc, Deloitte, Ernst and Young (E&Y), KPMG) often command great respect in most industries and countries. 

An accountant with a Big 4 title on her resume has reasonable confidence in winning the respect of employers. 

However many professionals have denied offers from Big 4 to work for smaller firms as they are attracted to other components from an employer more than a title on their resume.


The future payout

Big 4 firms have built up their reputation worldwide and therefore they are familiar with recruiters and hiring managers. This is the biggest advantage for candidates to apply the next role. 

During the busy season at these firms, often before April tax filing deadline, 80-hour workweeks or weekend work is normal with professionals here. For this reason, having working experience at Big 4 often indicates that you are well qualified and hard-working employee.

Smaller firms at this point cannot be as competitive as larger ones. It would consume much more time and energy of a candidate to introduce their last company and experience working there to future employers to make them convinced.


Experience in different functional areas

Employees at small firms are allowed to experience in different functional areas. They will be able to work closely with senior managers which can contribute greatly to their management skill and expose themselves to fundamental aspects of operating a business.

People passionate about practical experience often seek for new challenges at smaller firms where they could be multitasking not only relating to their current roles but others. 


Workplace culture takes the wheel

Professionals are often attracted to the workplace culture that fit them the most. Small business with supportive family atmosphere could contribute much to their employees’ success and motivation at work. A corporate culture mostly seen in small firms gives their employees much freedom and scopes of creativity as well as opportunities to innovate.