So I’m about a year and a half into my first ever finance gig, as a valuation analyst for a small firm. Valuing small business, holding companies, working on litigation work with the owner who is often hired as an expert. From my research, I’m being paid on the low side but I’m not pushed too hard (no weekends, rarely after 5:30) and given a lot of freedom to do my job. I dropped a couple cold applications to try to get some comps and get more money.
This last month, my phone has been ringing and my inbox has been getting messages from a couple recruiters and a couple companies, one of which is one of the big four accounting firms, which is of most interest to me. I talked to a recruiter there then they followed up and are setting me up for another phone interview to talk to a partner in the branch.
Is there anything that I should know? I don’t really have many people to ask, as the only few valuation people I know, I work with. Does a switch from a small firm to a very large one have any negatives that I should know about?
I’m fine with working more, but I need to be paid more, per hour of work (which should be easy, as I don’t make very much currently, even after a raise)
Part of me wants to stick around and see how it plays out because the owner is absolutely killing it. If I stay I could learn more, maybe even have my own firm someday. As far as what I want, I was drawn to finance to do equity research/portfolio management, like nearly everyone else, but ultimately, I’m willing to work really hard, play by the rules, and get that check, where ever it is.