October 3, 2022

Social Media

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Angry CPA Exam Candidates Blew Up Barry Melancon’s Email All Weekend, Here’s Why

Scrolling Reddit this weekend I noticed several posts from r/CPA littered throughout my feed among the food porn, cats, and reality TV gossip, something about some score release debacle with strong hints of outrage. What the hell happened? Whatever it was, they were pissed. Oh my. Apparently up until this weekend the official AICPA score […]

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Someone at Eide Bailly Has a Thing For Feet

Remember back in the early 2010s when firms were giving away iPads? Apparently this is what you get when you go to recruiting events nowadays: Anyone gotten anything good at events lately? Or are we still doing fat highlighters and Post-it flags?

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The IRS Scheduled a Website Outage on September 15, Can’t Figure Out Why People Hate Them

Whose bright idea was this?? Helping a buddy make his estimated tax payment I see this on IRS Direct pay. Seriously IRS?! You chose the submission deadline to run planned outages?! This is a prime example of how inefficient the IRS is. So damn infuriating! pic.twitter.com/ahDpdsPgRN — Albert J. Campo, CPA, MBA (@ajthecpa1226) September 16, […]

Caption This: One of These People is Not Like the Others

Because of the three people pictured in this row on an airplane, only one of them is the current Treasury secretary of the United States. And it looks like Janet Yellen is doing a little light reading on this flight: Surely you guys can come up with a better photo caption than James did on […]

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How Much Should Public Accounting Starting Salaries Be to Make Public Accounting Starting Salaries Less Awful?

Title. Let’s talk about starting salaries in public accounting. Let’s assume a student has an undergraduate accounting degree, a MAcc degree, and has passed all 4 sections of CPA exam. What do we think is a fair starting salary? #Accounting — Dr. Josh McGowan, CPA (@Jmcgowan3838) September 19, 2022 Starting salaries in #accounting have gone […]

Reddit is Bickering Over the CPA Exam Getting Harder (or Not) Over the Years

There’s a fun little conversation happening on r/accounting right now (it was yesterday actually but I have the rona and time is a meaningless measure when one is contending with brain fog of this level) and we’d be remiss if we didn’t recap it for you. First, the original post: I didn’t realize Barry Melancon […]

For a Brief Time This Past Weekend, a PwC Twitter Account Was Promoting Crypto Scams

PwC Venezuela’s Twitter account was hijacked over the weekend and started pumping out links to an obvious crypto scam involving (legit) Ripple and its CEO Brad Garlinghouse. The website the scam tweets linked to — xrpgivtoday — was registered on September 3, 2022. You’ve probably seen similar scams all over Twitter, usually involving Elon Musk […]

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Deloitte is Out Here Being Cringey on LinkedIn Again

That polar bear’s name? Albert Einstein. Related articles: We Get It Lady, You Work For Deloitte What’s Up With Deloitters and the LinkedIn Cult Mentality? Everyone Knows 11-Year-Olds Can’t Wait to Work at Deloitte

EY Staffers Feel Left in the Dark After Death of Their Colleague Last Weekend

In the early hours of last Saturday, the body of a 27-year-old woman (note: she was incorrectly identified as 33 in early reports) was found at EY’s Sydney office and since then, questions have been raised about the events of the final hours of her life. Most reports say she went out for drinks with […]

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Is There a Such Thing as Corporate Bonding Exercises That AREN’T Objectively Terrible?

So r/accounting decided they wanted to remind of us of PwC’s horrifying Shabooya incident and discuss corporate bonding exercises that are somehow worse than that which I didn’t think was possible. Because I hate to cringe alone, I figured I’d share in case you missed it. First, Shabooya for the unfamiliar (TW: cringing, unnecessary enthusiasm): […]

Why Are People at Big 4 Firms So Elitist? A Rant

Here’s a fun one from Fishbowl today: Thankfully someone pointed out how bizarre it is for someone to have worked at Big 4, a small firm, and GT, BDO, and RSM. OP clarified that they only worked for Grant Thornton — which they called “awful and primitive” — and lumped similar size firms together as […]

No Wonder Your Accounting Manager Quit, You Clown

Spotted on Twitter: Putting an emoji at the end doesn’t make your dysfunctional, underpaid workplace charming FYI 🤡 Any takers?

Word Hits TikTok That Big 4 Firms Are Cheap Bastards, “It’s Modern Day Slavery”

Deloitte Australia is trying to be transparent by releasing salary data but apparently this tactic isn’t working, not with Daily Mail writing headlines like Young Aussie reveals why many millennials no longer want to work in corporate jobs – after boomers said the generation was ‘lazy and entitled’ that is. Here’s the TikTok that inspired […]

Everyone Knows 11-Year-Olds Can’t Wait to Work at Deloitte

Why do people post this crap on LinkedIn. Thanks for doing your part to feed the pipeline, ma’am.

A Senior Partner Who Has Probably Been Burned Out Since 1997 Gives Tips on Avoiding Burnout

Why do I feel like this screenshot is going to end up on r/thanksimcured? Now this may be blasphemy to say this around these parts but he’s mostly right. Exercise? Hell yeah, great for you. Healthy eating? Also great for you, those takeout dinners can really take a toll on your health. Passion projects? Super […]

Mass Exodus at KPMG or Just a Day Ending in Y?

Meanwhile, in the Asia-Pacific (India, we think)… Twelve years ago my esteemed former colleague Caleb Newquist got clowned for calling six resignations at KPMG NYC an exodus so we’ll refrain from warnings about skies falling down for now.

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Crisis in the Profession: Interns Aren’t Learning SALY?!?

If true this could shatter the entire financial system! We knew training has suffered due to remote work, spread out teams, and Covid stress over the past few years but not even learning SALY? Don’t want to think what this could do to the audit profession if it spreads. Hopefully this is just an isolated […]

PwC Director Lets His Family Know He Probably Won’t See Much of Them on Their Family Beach Vacation (UPDATED)

This is so sad. This is almost as bad as the time Moss Adams boasted about how this one guy would be working on dual monitors at the pool all weekend because flexibility. Update: We received the following this morning, thought we’d share. Nice try with the hate toward someone and their family. This guy is […]

Senior Managers Out of F*cks to Give Are Acting Up in Review Comments

Saw this on Reddit this morning, good thing I grabbed it before it got deleted just like this Sr. Manager’s career. Text of the original post transcribed below: I’m a Manager, a Sr. Manager is leaving me profanity / border line insulting review comments – what to do. First time working with this guy and […]

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Exit Opportunities: Quit Auditing and Start Influencing

£3,000 ($3,600) a month. That’s how much Tanvi Shah made in audit before she decided to quit Big 4 for good and make her social media side hustle a full-time gig. Insider has the details: Shah said that before giving up her corporate job, managing a side hustle felt like having a double life. She […]

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Attn Firm Leaders: No One Wants to Work at Your Stupid, Ugly Office Park

Collaboration. Culture. Fancy new open offices. The occasional free sandwich. Firms continue their desperate attempts to lure people back into the office, not too aggressively though as they know if you push people too hard on remote work they will leave. To any firm leaders plotting your next “how can we get people back into […]

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Who’s Smarter, Big 4 Accountants or Industry Accountants? A Debate

Yesterday we retweeted an observation about how the smartest people work at Big 4 firms hoping for some good discussion and discussion did in fact ensue. Decent discussion, actually. It warms my cold black heart to know that at least in our little corner of the internet people with differing opinions are still capable of […]

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This 5 Year Old Fishbowl Thread About EY WBLs Aged Badly

“In real life you’re allowed to use other teams work papers, google, etc. there’s no difference” Digging around a bit for shits and gigs I found this, which was posted on Fishbowl five years ago: I know you’re just dying to hear what the Kool-Aid chugger EY6 said. Here you go: LOL. Full discussion on […]

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EY New Hires Are Gonna Have a Tough Time Getting Straight Answers From Reddit For the Time Being

In case you’ve been in a 24 hour coma and missed the news, we heard yesterday of an EY cheating scandal that led to the SEC slapping them with a $100 million penalty, the largest ever imposed by the SEC on an audit firm. Well Reddit certainly didn’t miss the story. Good luck to any […]

Would Whoever Is Leaving Accounting Textbooks in the Little Free Library Please Stop Immediately?

What kind of monster does this?! That very edition — published in 2008 — is going for $50 used on Amazon and people have left reviews for it as recently as last year. This find could be a score for the right person! Is leaving accounting textbooks a nefarious plot to scare even more people […]

One IRS Cafeteria Is Serving Musty Tax Documents For Lunch

When it comes to the IRS’s backlog of paper tax returns, a picture is worth a thousand words. This photo was tweeted last week by Natasha Sarin, an economist, law professor, and counselor for tax policy and implementation at the Treasury Department. At the IRS in Austin, cafeteria is overrun with paper returns awaiting processing […]

Things Are Getting Spicy Between PwC UK Employees and Lord Sugar

After being called “lazy gits” in a tweet last Friday by British businessman, entrepreneur, and TV show host Lord Alan Sugar, who reacted negatively to PwC UK announcing that it would allow employees to take Friday afternoons off from June to the end of August, we were curious to see if any PwCers across the […]

Back In My Day, Accountants Had to Walk Uphill Both Ways In the Hot Sun to Get to Work, Says Crotchety Old British Guy

British businessman, entrepreneur, and media person Lord Alan Sugar thinks employees of the Queen’s PwC are a bunch of “lazy gits [that] make me sick” for being allowed to take Friday afternoons off this summer. This is a bloody joke. The lazy gits make me sick. Call me old fashioned but all this work from […]

Former EY Consultant Won LinkedIn Today

Remember last week when EY tried to convince all of us that employees prefer empathetic leadership over raises and promotions? LOL, good one EY. Anyway, Brandon Hall, founder and managing partner of Hall CPA in Raleigh, NC, who was a senior consultant with EY earlier in his career, knew the empathy-over-raises social media post from […]

Marcum Leads Public Accounting In Posting Awkward Busy Season Pizza Party Photos on Social Media

Marcum employees are living that public accounting busy season stereotype one slice of pizza at a time. We're in the final stretch of the #taxseason. Our Fort Lauderdale office took a much needed break and gathered for happy hour while enjoying pizza and beer. #marcumeverywhere #funatwork pic.twitter.com/QJx0VBxD2R — Marcum LLP (@MarcumLLP) April 5, 2022 It […]

Simu Liu Thanks Deloitte Canada For Canning Him 10 Years Ago Today

Just spitballin’ here but I think getting fired from a Big 4 firm and no longer doing a job he hated worked out pretty well for the star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Here is what Simu Liu posted on Instagram today: So is now-retired Deloitte partner Paul Gibbons the […]

Automation Will Replace Accountants Who Don’t Even Want Their Jobs, Says Guy

Although the show ended seven years ago (yeesh, where has the time gone?), I regularly find myself binge-watching Mad Men, sometimes for nostalgia, sometimes for soothing background noise, sometimes least of all in hopes I’ll catch some small detail missed in my previous 20 rewatches left there like a pretty striped Easter egg rotting behind […]

LinkedIn Must Have Noticed All of Those Cringey Posts About How Great It Is to Work At Deloitte

If you aren’t aware of said cringey LinkedIn posts from Deloitters, see Adrienne’s articles here and here. Here are a couple other examples: Anyhoo, based on all of the posts from butt-kissing Green Dotters (or not), Deloitte is one of LinkedIn’s top 50 companies in the US: In honor of being named a LinkedIn Top […]

This Might Be the Reason Why EY Employees Did Not Get a Mid-Year Salary Adjustment

Let’s wildly speculate as to why EY was the only Big 4 firm not to give their employees some sort of mid-year raise. You might recall that EY leadership told their people the reason why they didn’t give out salary adjustments is because the firm is already the market leader in salaries among the Big […]

Tweet of the Day: Raises, Inflation, and Will Smith

Having gotten only a 3% raise this year, my wife (and many of you in public and industry accounting) can relate to this tweet: When you get a 5% raise but remember inflation is 7.9% pic.twitter.com/lgGtd96xvq — Not Jerome Powell (@alifarhat79) March 28, 2022 Related articles: PwC Briefcases Look Absolutely Stunning On the Oscars Red […]

War and Racism Are the Only Things Worse Than This, Says Guy

This post from Soufyan Hamid, a finance expert at Belgium telecommunications company Proximus who used to work at Deloitte and PwC in Belgium, appeared on my LinkedIn timeline this morning: Knowing there had to be a No. 3 on his list of things he hates, I took the bait and clicked to read his entire […]

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Feeling Like There Aren’t Enough Hours In the Day? You Might Be a Spuddler

We here at Going Concern are not fans of buzzwords and some might say we pride ourselves on rebuking them. This isn’t to say that criticizing buzzwords is something one should be proud of, rather that we have so few things to be proud of that at least we can cling to this when we […]

We’re Snitching Out Managers Who Expect You to Answer Emails After Hours Now

Spotted on r/antiwork via Fishbowl: Do you guys smell that? Smells like REVOLT to me. Not sure how helpful HR will be on this (remember: they exist to help the firm not you), but hey, put some heat on ’em anyway.

PwC Ukraine’s Forensic Leader OK After His Home Was Hit By a Russian Missile

One of my connections on LinkedIn shared this post from Andriy Tretyak last week. Tretyak is the forensic leader at PwC Ukraine, and the photo above is the building where he lived in Kyiv, which was struck by a Russian missile. Fortunately Tretyak was able to escape before the missile slammed into the residential building, […]

Ex-Big 4 Partner On Why the Big 4 Firms Should Pull Out of Russia: ‘It’s the Right Thing to Do and You Know It’

I was scrolling through LinkedIn last night and came across this post by John Robinson, a former partner at both EY and Deloitte, who gave six reasons why the Big 4 should cut ties with their Russian member firms. He makes some pretty interesting points, and I was wondering if you guys agree or disagree […]

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If This Is How Grant Thornton Recruiters Talk No Wonder They Can’t Find People to Work For Them

Today’s Grant Thornton roasting comes not from the PCAOB (like usual) but from r/accounting, also known as the magic genie from whence a wealth of content is born. We didn’t have time to create a fake resume, apply to one of the many, many open positions at GT, and hope we get the same recruiter […]

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Bonus Watch ’22: KPMG Generously Gifted 1/5th of a Grubhub Order to Industrious Staff Working Through the Super Bowl

The lion, the witch, and the audacity of this bitch. From Reddit (of course): The screenshot reads: A message from [redacted] and [redacted] | February 9, 2022 On behalf of the NYFS Audit partners and MDs, we would like to thank you for all your efforts and perseverance. This Sunday, in honor of the Super […]

Tax Preparers Use Valentine’s Poetry to Express Their Busy Season Problems

Happy Valentine’s Day! Believe it or not, our friends on #TaxTwitter possess talents that stretch far beyond understanding the tax code, deftly dealing with awful clients, drinking massive quantities of coffee, and being able to function somewhat like a human after working 80-plus hours a week. They can also write poetry! And what better day […]

Lonely Old Man Chides Going Concern Writers For Having a Life on Valentine’s Day

Our curmudgeon-in-chief is feeling a little extra asshatty today: Went to @going_concern’s website today to see if they’d have anything clever to say about the big Mazars story, but if course there is nothing. Of course. — Big4Veteran (@Big4Veteran) February 14, 2022 Here ya go, big guy. We’re about to cut out for the day, […]

Busy Season Problems: K-2/K-3 Is Not OK; Weird Smells; Shadowy JPEGS

From time to time we like to check on our tax peeps to see how they’re holding up during busy season. Well … there’s the new schedules K-2/K-3 requirements for pass-through entities (see Michael Rapaport’s article for Bloomberg Tax on the new IRS foreign income reporting requirements for partnerships), which is driving tax pros completely […]

It’s Monday, Here Are the Memes You Deserve to Start Your Week

Our memes folder is getting a little fat so we figured we should stop hoarding and start sharing. Here are just a few things we spotted around the internets last week that we thought might be relevant to your interests. Enjoy.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by TB4A ™️ (@thebig4accountant) […]

What Would You Do If Your Firm Fired You Early In the Pandemic Then Begged You to Come Back Two Years Later?

Remember that immature jackass you dated in your youth who treated you like trash at every turn, and then when they finally got around to ending things, they did so in some spectacularly terrible way like banging your best friend or “accidentally” posting your private home movies on various XXX dot coms? Surely some of […]

Congratulations, Public Accountants, the Reality of Your Miserable Career Made the Mainstream

This year will mark 15 long, boring, excruciating years I have spent circling the periphery of the accounting industry like a vulture waiting for a warm body to drop so I can get a nice carcass to gnaw on. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here. It’s not where I thought I’d end up […]

#TaxTwitter Has Absolutely Had It With Clients’ Sh*t

The last time we checked in on #TaxTwitter, they were bravely forging ahead toward October 15 deadlines. While I was combing through Twitter last week looking for tweets to include in Friday Footnotes, I noticed a theme: ragging on clients. It seems many practitioners are raising fees these days, and who can blame them? I […]

What’s Up With Deloitters and the LinkedIn Cult Mentality?

The hashtag-laden digital fellatio of professional services firms continues. OK, first of all… no, you know what, never mind. I’m recalling something my mother told me once 33 years ago about not having anything nice to say. Who exactly was this for? Did he pass it to his manager on his last day? Will it […]

We Did It Guys, We Found the World’s Most Insufferable Accountant

Once again, r/linkedinlunatics comes through with the gold: Either this guy is really, really serious about his job OR — and more likely — just really bad at figuring out how to get 16 hours of work done in 10. If Reddit existed 20 years ago, the comment section on that post would likely be […]

KPMG Director’s Thoughts On Firm’s ‘Unethical’ Vaccine Policy Will Be Loved By Some and Hated By Others

Once Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson began rolling out their COVID-19 vaccines in the US, unless you had your head in the sand for the past four or five years, you just knew people would take sides on whether or not to get the jab—for whatever reason. And that has certainly been the case. […]

The Most Terrifying Halloween Costume You’ll Ever See (If You’re a CPA)

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We Get It Lady, You Work For Deloitte

There’s a disturbing social media trend afoot, and no it’s not sex workers claiming to be accountants on TikTok. Over the last few years, LinkedIn has gone from a useful tool for professional networking to Letters to Penthouse for business. Y’all know what I mean. The long, rambling posts littered with hashtags — often written […]

How Is #TaxTwitter Holding Up Before the Oct. 15 Deadline?

About as well as you’d expect: I realized I forgot to file an extension for my brother’s return how is everyone else doing today — Lorilyn Wilson, CPA (@LorilynWilson) October 14, 2021 Got up yesterday at 7:30am. What time did I go to bed? I'll let you know when that happens. Yep, this tax season […]

When You Finally Get That Big Promotion

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This LinkedIn Influencer Parody Video Is Pretty Accurate

Because we all could use some #MondayMotivation. @pasha you wouldn’t believe who interviewed me 😭🙌 #linkedin #comedy creds: @milligram96 ❤️ ♬ original sound – Pasha Grozdov

Deloitte Is Currently Recruiting Chads With Yee Yee Ass Haircuts

Imagine my surprise when innocently browsing Reddit while on the can the other night and stumbling across the r/justfuckmyshitup x Deloitte crossover I never knew I needed. Some highlights from the comments: Don’t get this haircut and definitely don’t work at Deloitte either. You ever heard of wlb? It’s obviously a large firm with many […]

EY Learns That LGBT People Just Want to Collect a Paycheck Like Everyone Else

June is soon upon us which means rainbows slapped across corporate social media pages far and wide as a way for companies to say “hey, we’re OK with gay!” Which, I mean, that’s cool and all but maybe we’ll achieve a point in our lifetimes where people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and accepted […]

It Doesn’t Take Much to Keep Moss Adams Interns Happy

All it takes, apparently, is to keep them hydrated.

No. 1 NFL Pick Trevor Lawrence Once Had an Accounting Tutor at Clemson Who Might Be a Tad Jealous of the QB’s Success

I think new Jacksonville Jaguars QB1 Trevor Lawrence will be just fine not understanding (or giving a shit about) what LIFO means: Trevor if you see this I miss you please take me back @Trevorlawrencee @TrevWall — little lord fuckleroy (@whatsCucciO) April 30, 2021 Hope all you LIFO nerds have a great Sunday.  

Tweet of the Day: Ex-Crazy Eddie CFO Explains Why ‘Audits Are a Myth’

Our favorite convicted felon and career advice-giver, Sam Antar, the former CFO of Crazy Eddie, had some things to say on Twitter about the current state of audits in a reply to a tweet from Francine McKenna about EY and the Wirecard accounting scandal: I’m going to make this plain and simple:•Audits are a myth.•It […]

Tweet of the Day: New Competition Show For Big 4 Accountants Is (Probably Not) Coming to Fox

This was tweeted last night by New York Times culture reporter and author Dave Itzkoff after seeing the defenders of the ballots from EY on stage at the Golden Globe Awards: The Masked Accountant, this spring on Fox pic.twitter.com/fQ34Rnjv3D — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 1, 2021 *Chef’s kiss* Related article: EY Is Bringing Its Shiny […]

Dumb Sh*t Consultants Say: ‘Not All Stress Is Bad, and It Can Be Optimized’

Get a load of this shit. If you follow the link, it takes you to a post on the McKinsey website about how stress isn’t the problem, YOU are! Just the kind of gaslighting we need on a Monday morning to get our week started right! At the core of this challenge for many people […]

Marcum Is Having a Bad Day on Social Media Thanks to a Rogue Senior Who Just Learned the F Word

Hey would you look at that, got some fresh drama to report. Just the thing to get this Monday officially started eh? A tipster informs us that drama is afoot over at Marcum LLP thanks to one naughty senior who tweeted some strong words to former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka. We aren’t […]

This EY Manager’s Expectations of Staff Are Slightly Unreasonable And By Slightly We Mean Holy F*ck Dude

It’s Friday, which means at least one of your colleagues will probably have some last-minute issue exactly at 4 p.m. (or whatever your 4 p.m. would be if you worked normal hours like most employed human beings) that absolutely must be resolved before you can call it a day. Or perhaps you have a manager […]

This Jilted Recruiting Candidate Has Some Strong Words to Say About RSM Canada

Spotted this on Reddit this morning and … man. In a post on r/recruitinghell this past weekend, this brave soul takes RSM Canada to task. Among the perceived grievances? Well, a total lack of communication seems to be the big one. Let’s dive in. I’ve had it with you all. You’re all a bunch of […]

Accounting Firms Bragging About Closing Between Christmas and New Year’s Is Bullsh*t, Says Guy

Discuss. While appreciated, there is no more empty a gesture than an accounting firm saying it is “closed” the week between Christmas and New Years. — Tony Nitti (@nittiaj) December 28, 2020

OnlyFans Creators Are Saying They’re Accountants to Avoid Explaining They Sell Nudes on the Internet

It isn’t every day “accountants” go viral, but apparently that’s just what happened when actor Rocky Paterra made his “I’m an Accountant” TikTok, which to date has 2 million views. The gist of it is he got sick of trying to explain what he does for a living and instead just tells people he’s an […]

Are Big 4 Salaries So Bad Staff Are Starting OnlyFans Accounts?

Something fucky is afoot here, guys. I … uh … I gotta say, this is a new one. Maybe someone who is fed up anyway will take one for the team and nuke bridges into oblivion to find out how firms feel about this one. You know, for science. And what about this? Again with […]

Apparently the Shocking Thing About Ivy Leaguer Fired by Deloitte For Her TikTok Rant Is That an Ivy Leaguer Would Want to Work at Deloitte

Surely by now you’ve all heard of the Harvard grad fired by Deloitte before she even served a single day for the firm after a politically-charged TikTok video of hers went viral. It seems Deloitte doesn’t like it when their incoming consultants threaten to stab people, even if said threat is really just “an analogy” […]

A Surprising Number of Professionals Are Going Pantsless on Video Conference Calls

It’s been a little more than two months since the world came to an abrupt stop and most of us got locked inside. While some people have been enjoying having the permission to day drink and binge Netflix on weekdays, others have been feeling cagey for some time now (*raises hand*). Still others aren’t even […]

Mnuchin Announcing Extension of Tax Filing Deadline On Twitter Is the Most 2020 Thing Ever

Americans get three extra months to file their 1040s, per this tweet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. — Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) March 20, […]

Move Over @MickelsonHat, a PwC Pillow Is Taking the Social Media World By Storm

Meh, not really. In fact @pwcpillow on Instagram is kinda lame. No crazy hijinks like setting fire to a blue Phil KPMG hat or pranking PwC’s favorite robot buddy, CODE-E. But I thought this was a little amusing: View this post on Instagram A post shared by @vp_pillow View this post on Instagram A post […]

Tweet of the Day: On KPMG U.K. Pulling Its Sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s [email protected] Event

Actually, this tweet was sent yesterday, but it’s too good not to share today. It’s regarding KPMG and the news that broke across the pond on Monday that the firm decided not to renew its sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s networking initiative for young entrepreneurs called [email protected] The news that KPMG had backed out came following […]

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Accountants of Reddit Take Instagrammer to Karma Court Over Meme Theft

Inb4 one of y’all thinks to comment “geez, Adrienne, slow news day?” let me remind you that we write about accounting; every day is a slow news day. So unless one of y’all plan to embezzle something, let it go, that comment doesn’t hurt me. In the last year or so, /r/accounting has made the […]

Let’s Take a Look Back at the First Tweets of Accounting Firms, Part 2

Yesterday when I was putting together the GC newsletter (and if you haven’t yet signed up for it, please do so), I came across a fun article Adrienne wrote almost five years ago on accounting firms’ first tweets, like PwC wishing everyone a happy St. Paddy’s Day and Deloitte being confused with how this Twitter […]

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Man Takes Opportunity to Mention That CPAs Keep Future Millionaires From F*cking Everything Up

There’s nothing I love like a little self-promotion. Especially when the “self-promotion” is really just a reminder that some guy or any number of his talented colleagues in their shared profession can help a brother out. Case in point: the NFL draft should also focus on financial decisions that these young men that we’re going […]

You Should Totally Brag About Being a CGMA on LinkedIn

In a shameless attempt to further the CGMA brand and perhaps lend it much-needed credibility, the AICPA is encouraging CGMA holders to brag about their "accomplishment" on LinkedIn. By accomplishment, we mean ability to mail in a check and sign some paperwork. Here's a snapshot of the suggestion as emailed out to CGMA holders yesterday: […]

Life at Deloitte Is One Step Away From Bathroom Selfies

You know things have gone bad in your life when you're sitting in the can appreciating a heater. Simple things in life. New heater at clients coldest bathroom in nyc pic.twitter.com/h1NMMr0s9D — Life at Deloitte (@lifeatdeloitte) January 29, 2015 Wait, is that IN the stall? No, never mind, we don't want to know. Carry on, […]

Let’s All Welcome PwC’s Bob Moritz to Twitter!

Guess what? Just in time for Davos, BoMo is on Twitter. His bio states: Chairman & Senior Partner @PwC_LLP. Native NY'er, proud father of two, sometimes motorcycle rider & drummer. Views are my own. So are we to take that retweets do, in fact, mean endorsements, Bob? You can find Bob at @bob_moritz, please be […]

Ron Baker: You Can Put Lipstick on Billing by the Hour But Don’t Call It Value Pricing

And all the people in the church say AMEN!   Fixed price could just be hourly rate fixed in advance. That's just hourly billing in drag. #QBOchat — Ron Baker (@ronaldbaker) January 15, 2015 The prophet has spoken.

Virginia is For 8-K Lovers

So, Broc Romanek spotted this plate today:   Taking Form 8-K too seriously #corpgov pic.twitter.com/HR6SITSs69 — Broc Romanek (@brocromanek) January 6, 2015 Fun fact: Virginia has more vanity plates than any other state in the country. This beauty is a Great Seal plate, and if you didn't know, the state seal of our fine commonwealth […]

Here Is a Non-Exhaustive List of Things That Are Better Than Coming Out of a Successful Meeting

Listen, Life at Deloitte, we understand that you're obligated to tweet things like this but you should really choose your words carefully. You asked the question, so we're now obligated to answer. Is there any better feeling than the one you have coming out of a successful meeting? Hard work (plus an awesome support system) […]

Caption Contest: What Does This PwC CEO Think of This Selfie?

Oh the cringe! Only at #PwCAcademy do you play cards against humanity and take selfies with Bill McFarland, PwC CEO @PwC_ca_campus pic.twitter.com/dmlYJVOWjl — Billy Richmond (@brichmond44) June 17, 2014  

Grant Thornton Principal Clarifies That You Are Allowed To Call Your Boss a D-bag on Facebook

Does your firm have a social media policy? If no, should it? If it does, your firm would be wise not to cross the National Labor Relations Board, which has ruled in favor of workers subject to draconian policies, such as a hospital employee who called managers "douchebags." The code of conduct for the Michigan-based […]

Recruiters Attempting to Recruit People Who Work at McGladrey to Work at McGladrey

McGladrey doesn't have a very good reputation when it comes to recruiting, mostly because they can be so enthusiastically obnoxious about it. But this latest snafu is so awkward — even for McGladrey — that we wonder if they don't do this stuff on purpose. Guys, you need a new recruiting firm. One that, like, […]

Deloitte Reveals the Secrets Behind the Life at Deloitte Twitter Account

How many times have we wistfully wondered "there is no way this can be a real person, it has to be some HR bot" while scrolling through the Life at Deloitte account? Surely no one is that intoxicated on Kool-Aid. Are they? According to this interview with Marketing Sherpa, they are. Deloitte saw the account […]

This Guy Is Really Making the Most of Those Pesky Rothstein Kass/KPMG Merger Rumors

Sir, your blatant cunning is second only to that of the guys at these firms possibly working behind the scenes to make this deal happen. Names obscured to protect not the innocent but the shark circling the water for any cast-off RK talent.  

Grant Thornton Tries to Motivate With the Human Centipede, or Something

At least I think that's what that graphic is, maybe my glasses are dirty. MT @EmployersonDice: Science says ppl want to do great work @DanielPink get out of way via Pam Harless @GTCareersUS pic.twitter.com/f23AcHfYXW — GrantThorntonCareers (@GTCareersUS) May 7, 2014 See it?

You Can Turn LinkedIn Stalking Into a Job, Says Guy

Forgive my skepticism but I don't see the "Who's Viewed Your Profile" feature on LinkedIn as an opportunity to return the stalk, make a new connection and possibly land a new gig. But this guy seems to be convinced that's exactly what you can do: If you look at the right side of your LinkedIn […]

McGladrey is Still Figuring Out How Twitter Works

This is why you don't let interns near the internet, guys.  

Citi’s Twitter Team Fails to Perform Due Diligence on Felon Seeking Loan

Remember how a Mexican subsidiary of Citigroup kinda loaned a few hundred million to a shitty oil company? No? Allow us to refresh you: Banking giant Citigroup cut its fourth quarter and full year 2013 estimates on Friday, as its profit was hit by fraudulent activity at a Mexico-based subsidary. The bank said in a […]

David Cay Johnston vs. Tax Girl on Twitter: PLACE YOUR BETS

Twitter fights are always good, especially when they involve people we've come to know and love (or, as is the case with one of the participants in the following exchange, know and troll). Apparently, our "pal" David Cay Johnston decided he didn't like a Tax Girl article and wanted to make his dissatisfaction known. Which […]

Finally, LinkedIn Gives You the Option to Turn Off Endorsements

We have discussed LinkedIn endorsements previously — I would like to thank everyone who endorsed me for losing the remote, cat wrangling, writing about endorsements, and general mayhem after that post — but at that time, there was nothing to do about them except ignore them and heavily judge the people who use them. Always […]

The Best (and Worst) of #busyseasonproblems

The end, it be nigh y’all.

WeiserMazars and Their Blow-Up Shark Win Busy Season

WeiserMazars may not be the biggest or the best accounting firm out there, but they've certainly got the market cornered on self-deprecating busy season posts this year. The firm asked its employees and randos on social media to contribute their busy season survival tips using the hashtag #WhenSharksFly and while the creepy shark is, well, […]

Let’s Take a Look Back at the First Tweets of Accounting Firms

Twitter turned 8 today and in celebration, released a tool to dig up a user’s very first tweet. Because we know you’re going to be tempted to see what GC had to say on the very first day we joined Twitter, I’ll save you the trouble. We auto-tweeted “The Eagle Ponz Has Landed” which, presumably, […]

Let’s See How Far Women Have Come in the Workplace Since 1945

This young lady on Twitter shares with the class: 20 things men don't like about women in the office, from 1945 pic.twitter.com/fkvcot7z9w — Sophie Gadd (@sophie_gadd) March 19, 2014 Would anyone care to take a stab at what "unfair sex practices" are? I'm drawing a blank here. Maybe because I am just a stupid woman […]