Senior Manager Leaves for a Great Opportunity

How many years had you been with the firm when you left?

8 years

What job/industry did you leave for? 

Controller at a publicly company

What was the primary reason you left? 

A combination of sorts; namely opportunities arising in the marketplace combined with a somewhat less encouraging impression of what the roles/responsibilities of younger partners would be in my home office (or potentially wherever my promotion office would be) in the next 5-10 years

On a scale from 1-10 (10 being the highest) how do you value the experience you gained at the firm?

9

What do you miss most about the firm?

Equal parts the flexibility and fluidity (at times), particularly, once you reach the Mgr/Sr. Mgr level…and also the camaraderie of working in a large, high-performing office on challenging engagements with a diverse set of individuals and clients.

Do you regret leaving?

I don’t regret leaving, which may be due in large part to the fact that my current experience has many of the same positive characteristics that I valued at the firm.

Had you stayed, would you have been on the “partner track”?  

Yes, I would have stayed until making partner…or until they told me it wasn’t in the cards