At a crossroads and would appreciate some feedback – need to decide whether to take a big 4 SALT senior position or stay at current firm. I'm happy at my current firm (regional), I like the people I work for, am taking my career in the direction I want, good commute, flexibility in schedule. I mainly do compliance and provision work (both federal and state) for our larger corporate clients (lower mid-market companies). I want to do more consulting / advisory work, of which the opportunities seem pretty limited where I am at the moment.
I have a good offer on the table from a big 4 – I've been told (by the big 4 firm) about 50-60% compliance and 40-50% consulting / advisory is what to expect. My concern is that the reality would be the same as I what I do now – almost all compliance / provision work, with a sprinkling of consulting / advisory. My background is I'm a CPA (so I'm likely viewed as a numbers guy as opposed to a lawyer). I don't have much time to make a decision so I'm trying to gather as much input as I can. I'm young so I have plenty of time to try different things, but I also don't want to give up a pretty good gig with good short-term prospects. The increased commute I would not be looking forward to (travelling into the city each day vs. staying in the suburbs), but for the right opportunity not a problem. Long-term, not sure whether I would want to move to industry or stay in public, too early to say. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks.