I have recently received offers from both Baker Tilly (starting in Jan 2009) and PWC (April 2009) and obviously have a big decision to make and wondering if anyone could provide some advice. I know aome advantages of Baker Tilly is that there wont be much overtime and when you do you can claim it back time off in lieu and the good work-life balance. however PWC also rave about their work-life balance and the advantages of having PWC on my CV outwieghs Baker Tilly. plus the option to go into investment banking a year or 2 after qualifying is something i may consider and believe would be much more likely of happening with training at a big 4 firm. I know i will have to work unpaid overtime during the busy period at PWC but they pay a bit more anyway. Another consideration is overseas secondments which is possibly something id like to do and although both have large multinational networks PWC surely will have more oppertunities for this. One other thing is i imagine there will be more chances to be promoted at baker tilly if you do well as they are a smaller firm and growing so therefore creating available senior positions.
Any help would be much appreciated.