Does a CFO of a large company have the same benefits typically associated with the move to private (i.e. more consistent/less hours, less travel, etc)?
For people reading this who are still in public accounting, I sympathize. The decision to leave is a difficult one. The people and work experience are absolutely top notch. I've never met anyone who said that they regretted the years they spent in public accounting. That said, if you're ready for a good work/life balance it's easy to find a job in industry that fits the bill and you'll probably get a a nice pay bump as well.
If your goal is to be a CFO, I would suggest tempering expectations. Those jobs don't come up that often and they are hotly contested. Once you get the big chair, you should expect to continue to work hard. During the Sarbanes Oxley era there was a great Q&A; section in CFO Magazine that I'll never forget. The interviewer asked a high-profile CFO what it was like to have his job. He smartly replied "No Golf. No Tennis. No Hair." It really captured the mood at the time.
Is this an accurate picture of the current marketplace, or are companies like Tallie, aiming to also provide value to traditional firms as well?