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tension in the air

So this is what it feels like post-layoffs at the office? Rumors were flying around before you turned around. People were checking schedules to figure out names that no longer existed. One thing about these firms, they might take time to schedule people on client or fix scheduling conflicts, but when people are no longer with the firm, they remove their names from the system faster than Vin Diesel can hit the 60 mark using those fast & furious cars. But everybody's on high alert. HR's trying to feel the current vibe. People keep checking their email frequently, worried that they might get that dreaded email from HR. The staff associates are keeping the grapevine strong by wringing new information from all over the area. Wait, we have to please our firms now? Not the other way round? Big 4 culture gone wild. The associates suddenly start to become much more receptive to requests from seniors and above. Senior associates become more responsive to managers. Most people aren't exempt. We're all suddenly concerned for our jobs. Is it healthy for the firm? I guess productivity is higher, at least for now. But people will probably look out for themselves more, and it could lead to team divisiveness. People will want to own up to mistakes less and make certain that the higher ups know when they've done something good, kinda like a recent episode of The Office.

Big 4 culture gone wild.


Anonymous said…
If you were laid off, would you try to jump ship to another big 4? If so mind sharing your reasons why?

-Looking at career paths
krupo said…
Some might, most would go into industry though - to experience something different.

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