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February 5, 2023

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Accountants Will Not Be Motivated to Get Back to the Office

Someone sent us this r/accounting thread on returning to the office the other day and wanted to make sure we call out one comment in particular. You’ll see why in a second. The question of what would motivate you to go back to the office has been asked before, in a multitude of ways, and […]

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Confirmed: People Who Work For Deloitte Are Zombies

We always suspected there was something odd about people who work for Deloitte, now we know. They’re zombies! It seems Deloitte offered up a unique recruiting ad during yesterday’s long-awaited Walking Dead series finale. Excuse the potato quality of this screen recording, I’m on a Windows 3.1 machine. I’ll see if I can dig up […]

Begging for a Signing Bonus *After* Accepting an Offer is Not How This Works

A disappointed new Deloitte hire must have gotten wind that the firm offers signing bonuses if it’s desperate for warm bodies, but this person wasn’t presented with one when they accepted their job offer. So they went on r/Deloitte to ask for advice. And the responses this person got back are about what you’d expect […]

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Newly-Minted CPA Outraged That Their State is Too Cheap to Send a Paper License Certificate

And you wonder why no one wants to be a CPA anymore. A PDF?? Really, Maryland? AND IT ISN’T EVEN AN 8×10! Larry Hogan will want to hear about this.

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PSA: Even in This Market, It’s Still Uncool to Quit Your Big 4 Job Without Notice

I was a bit surprised by the responses to this question on r/Big4 about quitting without notice. It seems even in this market we are in agreement that the least you can do is give the customary two weeks. Best case scenario they cut you loose immediately so you don’t drag your team down, steal […]

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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?

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 […]

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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

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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): […]

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 […]

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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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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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 […]

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Let’s Say Theoretically You Crap Your Pants Your First Week at a Big 4 Firm, What Should You Do?

Saw this on r/big4 over the weekend and while it’s obviously completely made up (despite being posted on the internet where absolutely nothing is fake ever), much like an account man getting his foot run over by a riding lawnmower by a secretary at an advertising firm, surely this has happened somewhere at a Big […]

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 […]

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 […]

This Accounting Student Is So Desperate For an Internship He’s Hitting Tinder to Find One

OK look, I’m old and spent my entire 30s in the same relationship so I don’t know a thing about Tinder other than what I’ve heard from friends and seen posted in meme form. There’s swiping involved, I know that. Man, you kids don’t know how good you have it. Back in my day, we […]