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Leave full-time for large consulting firm?

By gmiha15 ·
Hello, I've working in software and database development primarily on the Microsoft platform for about five years now. I have worked for an ISV, done some independent contracts, and am currently employed full-time by a large financial organization.

My current job is very stable(at least for the next year or two) and the pay is good, if not great.

I currently have an offer at a big 4 consulting firm in the technology division doing similar work. It's a senior position, but there is essentially no salary difference from my current job. The base salary is a little more, but my current employer offer an ESOP, which will essentially make total compensation very equivalent.

I have been shopping around carefully for other opportunities, due to the usual complaints about working internally to an IT department: slow paced work, unchallenging development projects, process, etc. etc. I truly feel I am coasting in a job, and perhaps a career, that I do not find rewarding anymore.

Generally speaking, I am a motivated person who wants more out of a career than a paycheck. So, I'm wondering if working for a large firm may offer a more rewarding environment, or is it more about politics and BS? I am leaning towards sticking it out at my current employer until something better comes along, but I am extremely concerned that I would be turning down something that would be good for my career. Also, considering the fact that I feel that I was not offered more salary is a red flag for me, but salary is not the bottom line for me these days, finding a better, more challenging and rewarding environment is.

Thanks.

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