A Word on the Persistent Low Morale of the Audit Profession
We received the following email from a distraught and burnt out Big 4 auditor in the Southeast: The level of morale in the [XYZ] office is at an all time low. Discussion with low level staff, through managers, have yielded the same opinion of overwhelming expectations without the needed support from the firm. They want […]
Working 60-70 Hours a Week is ‘Fine’ Says Underpaid Big 4 Auditor Skilled in the Art of Minimizing
Check out this Big 4 auditor recently profiled on eFinancialCareers. Blink twice if you need work-life balance, buddy. I’m an auditor for a Big Four firm. Audit jobs don’t always have a good reputation: they pay less than some other Big Four jobs and offer less chance of making partner. But this is fine because […]
Friendly Reminder: Take a Day Off, Who Cares
Many years ago, I had this somewhat demanding job that happened to also be a really fun place to work, so while it was stressful and the hours were long, I found myself reveling in this because I actually enjoyed it most days. Now, I realize this may be a foreign concept to some of […]
Fat, Balding, and Broken Legs: The Consequences of Working in Professional Services
Last week I wrote an epic poem to the art of suffering. The TL;DR is that it’s dumb to work yourself to the bone for an employer who sees you as an expendable resource and bragging about how many hours you put in doesn’t mean you’re any better at your job than the guy in […]
Your Suffering Is Not Noble So Let That Sh*t Go
Before I get into this, I feel it’s important to explain where I’m coming from. You see, I had a turbulent childhood. Not “damn, my mom won’t buy me a Power Pad!” turbulent, I only wish that had been the extent of my troubles growing up. I won’t get into too much detail as I’m […]
Weekend Read: Is Your ‘Bedtime Procrastination’ Ruining What Little Free Time You Have?
We’ve all been there: you know you have to be up early for work however that doesn’t stop you from binging half a dozen episodes of your favorite new show or playing way too much Overwatch with the scrubs you call your gaming buddies well into the night. Next thing you know, you’re setting an […]
EY Takes Work-Life Balance Into New, Confounding Direction
Alert the media and release the hounds, EY is hot on the trail of a new approach to work/life balance: We have shifted the focus at EY from effective work/life balance to effective work/life integration #WomenFastForward http://t.co/C6g5Q7FmdW — EY (@EYnews) January 21, 201 Interpretations? That, we'll leave to you.
Big 4 Should Follow the Silicon Valley Model For Attracting Top Female Talent
When discussing the plight of the working woman, it's rarely suggested that women simply put off motherhood in order to climb the corporate ladder. No worries, Facebook and Apple are on it: Two Silicon Valley companies will now cover egg-freezing as an incentive for top female talent in their prime fertility years who don't want […]