A few random thoughts based on conversations with people over the summer and fall -
a) There are clearly way more people in the firm who actually like/don't mind what they do. This is definitely a seismic shift from when i started. I am amongst the minority now, as opposed to a few years ago. People are shocked when you tell them you don't like this job. Definitely a weird feeling
b) People are definitely looking. And it's not looking good in the market unless you want to go into internal audit. That's discouraging.
c) The lack of raises has definitely depressed seniors and managers, making everyone reconsider their jobs
d) The firms are getting clients they shouldn't go after, under the hope that a few of them will eventually go public. I've told the partners on my clients that the ones I'm on are definitely not going to go public, and i'll be surprised if they become very successful. They need to be a little more conservative when comes to choosing clients.
Ever seen those Bill Engvall standups, with his "here's your sign" comedy....that's how I'm feeling right now. Shitty pay, shitty work, i don't know much about signs, but.....heeere's my sign.