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Big Four firms: cultural differences? (especially interested in coaching culture)

Anonymous A

I understand that it is unlikely people have worked at all four firms. I would really appreciate it if someone can even just talk about one or two of the firms. Thank you!

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Sidi replied on 01/23/2019
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 60+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi Anonymous,

here is what a quick Google search gives:

https://www.brightnetwork.co.uk/career-path-guides/accounting-audit-tax/differences-big-four-firms/

https://news.efinancialcareers.com/de-en/204621/working-for-the-big-four-pwc-deloitte-ey-kpmg

https://www.quora.com/How-is-KPMG-different-from-other-Big-4-firms

From a quick glance, there are many other sources where the same question is discussed.

Cheers, Sidi

Tiago
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replied on 01/22/2019
Strategy Consultant with interview experience in UK, Spain and Portugal / LSE Graduate

Hi anonymous,

I have worked at one Big 4 and interviewed at 2 others. Overall, my personal opinion is that they are all quite similar in terms of the way they operate / culture.

In my opinion, different offices/countries may have slightly different cultures. For example, smaller offices and smaller teams tend to have a tight-knit culture in which everyone knows each other very well and perhaps there are less organisational politics.

Another factor to have in consideration is how Project Resourcing works. The Big 4 tend to have a local resourcing model. I.e. if a Partner in the UK sells a project (even if it is abroad) the tendency is to resource it with UK resources.

Hope this helps,

Tiago

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