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big 4 hiring

Would it be out of line if I currently work for a private company to ask one of our Big 4 auditors if they are hiring? 

The Firms are absolutely dying for people these days, so go for it. Definitely not out of line, but funnily enough, it's against policy if it's the other way around. I know of an auditor in an other office who got fired for reaching out to the client and asking if they had available positions. This is a breach of independence, and is thus a good reason to fire you. Yes, a lot of auditors go work for clients, but this is usually because the partners put in a good word for you, and the client is usually not the particular engagement you worked on. In fact, this is pretty common. There have been plenty in the past year. I know of many clients that are looking for senior accountants/assistant controllers with 2-4 years of Big 4 experience.

PS - Stay in private, public sucks.


Anonymous said…
Hi. Is Big 4 considered as public sector? I thought they are under private sector?
swatantra singh said…
Hi, Will big 4 hire you if you are coming from one of the clients? It will be like spoiling relations with client.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for answering my question, ended up making the switch. Went through my first busy season, after several years in industry. At least for the moment, working much less hours than before. Keep up the good work, enjoy reading your blog.
Bryce said…
I couldn't agree more, most of my friends who went to work for the big 4 quit within the first year or two, the ones who went with the private sector are mostly still with the same company.

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