what do you lose out on by not spending a few years at Big 4 / national firm?

I've heard mixed stories about working for a huge firm. On the one hand, I've heard that some people might spend all their time in, say, fixed assets or some other extremely specialized area. On the other
hand, you'll never get to experience SEC reporting requirements and most Sarbanes Oxley requirements if you're not working for a large firm.
At a smaller firm, it's more likely you'll get more varied experience, but you won't be exposed to SEC requirements or most of Sarbanes Oxley requirements...
So is it still the common idea to spend 3 or 4 years at a Big 4 firm before going into industry/smaller firm?
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On 10 May 2006 16:48:05 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

If you fail to do your three years at a B4 firm your career opportunities will be severely limited. Those retarded wieners they put in charge of Human Resources Department (the domain of the retarded wieners) will reject your resume without bothering to talk to you.
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Join a large firm in a small town, prestigious employer, varied roles and experience....
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