Big 4 accounting firm and an accountant and/or CPA?


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Luthor22

How important is it to get into and work for one of the big 4 accounting
firm and my career as an accountant or a CPA?
 
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Paul Thomas, CPA

How important is it to get into and work for one of the big 4
accounting firm and my career as an accountant or a CPA?


Depends on what you want to do. There are many small practitioners who
never worked for a "big" firm.

My general opinion is that the bigger the firm, the stronger the chances
you'll get pigeon holed into one service area. While in a smaller firm,
you'll get exposed to all aspects of those firm services.

If you're looking to be CFO of a large company, go with one of the "final
4", where the large corporations usually hire their auditors away.

If you're looking to own your own shop one day, think about a smaller firm
where you'll get a broader range of experience that will hopefully be useful
to your future client base.
 

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