Skip to main content

comfort zone

What's with these public service ads on the blog?

Anyway, wanted to touch on the comfort zone that people get into at work. I've been railing against people drinking the kool-aid ever since I began working at my firm. Now, I'm dangerously close to getting into a comfort zone. This is one step before drinking the kool-aid myself. I still have a long ways to go before I do that. It kinda reminds of the stockholm syndrome (wikipedia definition: Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger (or at least risk) in which they have been placed)
I've getting used to my clients, learning the system, not fighting against it like i used to. Not complaining as much as I used to. I'm like an aged boxer, I took so many swings against a wall, that I'm tired, weak, so I've just decided to sit back and waive the white flag. Given the current state of the economy...I feel like this is my best bet.......For Now!


Boom! said…
Hey, nice blog. Why do I feel like there should be a lot more blogs like this since everybody in the industry has emotional opinions on working in the industry. I am subscribing
anonymous said…
I like to think of it as a battered woman who consistently gets beat by her man but just cant find the strength to leave him.
Anonymous said…
I'm in my 14th month at a Big 4 firm. I hate it. Most of my co-workers think it sucks. I want to quit. The biggest problem is figuring out what to do next. I mean, it sucks so much, it makes me think I'd hate any kind of business. I've even looked into becoming a male nurse! It's messing with my head.
Lumi said…
Just added your site to my blogroll. I also see Public Service ads on your site. This has happened to me before when I've pasted in the adsense code and previewed an article with a WYSIWYG editor before I've actually clicked on the publish button. So google tries to put ads on your site, but finding that the page calling for the ads doesn't exist, defaults to something like blank space or PSA's for a few days. Hope that's helpful, keep up the great blog (loved the shooting of the study materials), and thanks for putting in a link to my site.
Anonymous said…
I'm starting work at a big4 next mth in a south asia country, looking at these comments, i'm beginning to get worried, hahaha. but well, to each his own, maybe i might not hate it as much.

Popular posts from this blog

career progression

"What can you tell me about the different possible tracks a person would take at the Big 4 in regards to tax vs. audit? Is there a difference in career progression among the two specialties? How about career potential? Workload?"

Loaded question. In terms of career potential, they're both pretty potent. Audit leads you to controller/accounting manager/ VP - accounting positions at companies if you choose to quit. Tax can lead to tax manager positions at various companies/ help them minimize taxes and exploit tax loopholes. It's a pretty important position in many companies...I'm not an expert on tax careers though, so you might want to ask somebody in a tax related position.
In terms of career progression, it's the same as audit...start off as a staff associate...move to senior..manager..snr mgr..partner.
In terms of workload, my friends in the tax department seem to work two busy the fall and in the spring. So I think they work more than i…


As a big four employee, lately, I've been hearing a lot about "boomerang" employees. Those who, for some reason or another, decide that leaving work when the sun is still out is not for them and alas, return back to the firm. Yes, the grass is not always greener on the other side, however, is this trending upward or about the same as it always has been? I think, also, that the firms really do a good job in highlighting those that do choose to return to make it appear more common than reality. Can you please speak about how you've seen the trend of "boomerangs" amongst the big 4? 

Good question. A boomerang, as the commenter pointed, is one who quits a big 4 Firm and then decides to return (or boomerang) back to the Firm after getting a taste of work life in the non-public accounting world.
I have seen a few return this past summer, but didn't really notice a trend until you mentioned it. It's definitely been higher than past years, but not enough to s…

auditing vs consulting

I was wondering if you could break down the career opportunities in auditing and consulting (in a big 4). I know that consulting pays more in a big 4 and has more interesting work, but it seems that auditing has extremely good exit opportunities (Financial controller, CFO etc). Any thoughts on which is better in the long run?

Well there's different consulting services offered by public accounting companies - the most popular being IT consulting and risk consulting. There are also other consulting services offered, but these two hire the most. Do they pay more? Yes, but not by much. Not enough for you to say: Shoot, the $$ is a huge reason for me to move over. Is the work more interesting than audit? Yes. You're actually looking over a company's processes and telling them what to do instead of what not to do (audit). Everyone I know who's made the switch likes it waay better than audit.
In the long run though, choosing audit vs consulting really depends on what you want t…