February 28, 2021

Zombie CPAs, Grant Thornton Temporary Tattoos, and Porn Stars: The Going Concern Editor’s Picks for 2012

I won't bother pinpointing the number of blog posts or the thousands of words I've written over the past year, but I'll just say that it was a lot. There's always something for everyone — gossip, Twitter trolling, money-envy and occasionally fringe-journalism will even find its way into these pages. 

Anyway, we create so many posts in a given year, it's easy to forget many of them, so yesterday afternoon I decided to dig through each month of 2012 and re-share some of my favorites from the past year.

You'll like some of these selections, you'll hate some of these selections, but either way, your reaction will start with "Oh, yeah." 

Enjoy.

January

Confirmed: It Sucks To Be The One Wake Forest Grad Who Failed BEC — When you're a student at the premier CPA pass factory in the land and then you don't live up to expectations, depression can set in. 

Someone Convinced KPMG and GE to End Their Little Loan Staff Arrangement — And in the process, gave some KPMG partner a very big sad.

For One Eide Bailly Partner, This Wipfli Merger Might Be "Like Getting Back Together with the Girl That Kicked Him the Balls at Prom" — Prior to the failure of this merger, a very interesting story was brought to our attention about one partner who was probably thrilled that the deal imploded. 

February

Temporary Grant Thornton Tattoos Are the Worst Idea Ever — See above.

Apparently Someone at EY Is Concerned About Restroom Etiquette Too — A simple flush is a good place to start.

Apparently a Connecticut Man Misunderstood the Intent of a Jackson Hewitt Employee When She Mentioned Schedules B and J — "Maybe it needed some air!"

Honorable mentionEven Savvy Big 4 Professionals Get Freaked Out About All This Retirement Planning Stuff — Being an adult is scary stuff!

March

Ernst & Young Tag Line Takes on a Whole New Meaning in the Lavatory — "Quality in Everything We Do-do!"

Protip: Don't Bring Your Mom To Job Interviews — Even if she bakes cookies.

Grant Thornton Probably Didn't Realize They Were Quoting Nietzsche in Their New Slogan — I mean, who really has "An Instinct for Growth" anyway?

April

The Poor Fashion Taste of Accountants, Explained — Buying the wrong size covers a lot of it.

Going Concern Founder Lured Back to KPMG — This had people fooled for a month.

Analysis: Is The Going Concern Editor on a Power Trip? — No, says Adrienne. Asshole, perhaps. 

May

Is This the Most Embarrassing Thing To Ever Happen to an Accountant at Work? — It's right up there with Principal Vernon having the toilet seat stuck to his pants.

Audit Leaders Use AICPA Council to Vent About 'Crisis' at Partner Level — They relished in the opportunity.

Here Are a Few Ridiculous Things Deloitte's Punit Renjen Said in a Recent Interview — Dude doesn't even own an iPod. 

June

Accountant By Day, Porn Star By Night (NSFW) — It'd really be something if porn starts were moonlighting as accountants. This works, though.

A Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse for Public Accounting Zombies — The zombie thing was getting out of this past summer.

If the Big Firms Were Alcohol, Here's What You'd Be Drinking — During our failed mission to find a new contributor from the bowels of the readership, this gem snuck through.

July

Deloitte Auditor Recognizes Overachieving Intern's Nauseating Enthusiasm, Responds Accordingly — Eager beavers, take note.

Big Shot NYC Ernst & Young Auditor Visits St. Louis Engagement Team, Makes It Rain Sandwiches — BBQ, I hope.

Warning To College Accounting Programs: Fudge Your CPA Exam Ranking And We Will Find You — Shame on you, SD State.

August

The First Images Out of Ernst & Young's International Intern Leadership Conference Are a Tad Disturbing — Interns, gorillas, yellow leisure suits, Jim Turley laying down beats. It's all pretty great. 

Here's 10 Embarrassing and Irrelevant Examples of Accounting Firm Advertising — Don Draper, this isn't.

Here's a Look Inside Deloitte's New Office Location at 30 Rock — Can't you just picture Barry Salzberg giving himself a Jack Donaghy pep talk in the mirror every morning?

September

Did Someone Really Steal Mitt Romney's Tax Returns From PwC's Franklin, Tennessee Office? — Nope! (No one cares now, anyway.)

Just How Difficult Is It To Be a Recovering Alcoholic in Public Accounting Anyway? — Not as difficult as you might think.

Public Accounting Firms Would Be Wise to Incorporate a "No Bitching" Clause Into Their Bonus Structures — Think about it!

October

If You Equate Long Hours with Hard Work Then You Aren’t “Committed” But You May Be a Dumbass — Sorry, over-achievers.

CPA's Law School Dreams Are a Nightmare for CPA Wife — Dude is blinded by ambition.

A Little More Shakin' Goin' On at BDO — Now that Captain Jack has hit the road, new CEO Wayne Berson didn't waste any time making moves.

November

Three McGladrey Auditors Learn a Tick in Time Saves Nine — Backdating workpapers and more!

A Picture of a Cat Led to a Suspect in the Stolen Romney Tax Returns Caper — Of course it did.

Alternative Career Paths for Disgruntled Accountants (or You’d Probably Be Really Good at Tax Fraud) — Greg Kyte explains.

December

Report: Working For Deloitte Makes You More Special Than Getting Into Harvard — Now that's elite!

Timesheet Wars: Non-Billable Codes Are Orwellian Busywork — The billable hour sucks so bad.

PwC to Require More Robust Review and Supervision of Auditors, Although “Minimum Supervision" Still Has Its Place (in Court) — Man, this is some brazen shit.

 

 

 

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