Thursday, September 29, 2005

Welcome to the Big Four Blog

The Big Four community is different from that in most other industries. Big Four veteran have a little more in common with each other than people who have worked in any other industry. Many Big Four professionals have worked for more than one of the Big Four, and a lot of us have entered and left the Big Four (if you're like me a few times) using our Big Four connections.

But the Big Four community is more than a network - it's more like a community within a community. There is something that makes a stint in the Big Four different from having been an auditor or consulant anywhere else. It's a mix of prestige, frequent flier miles, and working on projects that show up in Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

This blog will discuss all things Big Four - and then some. Not limited to Big Four veternas or current Big Four employees, I plan to address a variety of other issues that affect the Big Four - and the rest fo the business world. Sarbanes-Oxley, for example, means a lot to auditors who cut their teeth at Ernst & Young or KPMG, but it is also important to the broader business community.

Whether you have worked at Deloitte, KPMG, E&Y, or PricewaterhouseCoopers, or none of the above, you'll find something useful here.

If you are a consultant hoping to start your own firm as I did once - well, twice - or you are finishing your MBA and looking for that big break, you've come to the right place. This blog will be useful to everybody - except those lacking ambition.

A few more housekeeping items . . .

I write a lot. I promise to give you something new every weekday, but I'll write a bit more when the mood hits me. Also, I won't dwell exclusively on the Big Four; I'll give you some variety. For those of you who haven't worked for a Big Four firm, don't worry. I'll explain the lingo, though you can get some background at

Most important - keep in touch! If you have any ideas or topics you would like me to cover, don't be shy. Either post a reply or e-mail me at I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Johansmeyer


Big4 said...

Thanks, I'll take a look!


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