Travel For Work: The Pros and Cons of Working at a Big 4 Firm

Like any job you’ve ever had, at some point you end up weighing the Pros and Cons of why your actually there.  Especially when other options are on the horizon or things aren’t working out as planned.  For this purpose, I’ve made a Pros and Cons list for anyone who is thinking about joining or leaving a Big 4 Professional Services firm.

Just for clarification, the firms that currently make up the “Big 4” (in no particular order) are:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young

I think that in this industry it can be especially helpful to know what you’re getting into, as the lifestyle tends to be drastically different from “normal” jobs working in “industry”.  Some will love it, some will hate it, but most can’t do it forever.


  • High Salary
  • Potential for Upward Mobility
  • Job Security
  • Prestigious reputation/Great Resume Builder
  • Large Network of Industry Professionals
  • Large Network of Projects to Choose From
  • Very Structured
  • Potential for a lot of Travel


  • Hard to Get in
  • Long Hours on Client Work
  • Competitive Work Environment
  • Up or Out Policy
  • Lower Pay (For some experienced professionals)
  • Little say on Which Projects you are Assigned to
  • A lot of Time on Extra Firm Activities
  • Poor Work-Life Balance
  • Very Structured
  • Potential for a lot of Travel

So maybe this lifestyle is for you….maybe not.  But these are some of the things that I considered before joining a large firm.

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Daniel Royse is the founder and editor in chief of the online travel publication, This Boundless World. He has written numerous articles on travel, business and politics and has recently completed his first full-length novel titled The Watermelon King. Daniel is an obsessive writer and explorer who has backpacked to over 50 countries, spanning five continents. To the disbelief of many, he still enjoys long, hot bus rides through chaotic places. More information about The Watermelon King can be found at Contact: danroyse(to)