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The day to give thanks

In honor of thanksgiving day, I thought it was time to dole out some thanks -
a) Thank you Firms, for not giving us raises this year
b) Thank you Firms, for explaining to us that our survival was enough to be thankful for
c) Thank you Firms, for laying off some of our closest friends
d) Thank you Firms, for telling us to be more efficient due to budget cuts and also telling us to do more at the same time due to the current environment
e) Thank you Firms, for creating a culture of nervousness by laying off people in random stages instead of one fell swoop
f) Thank you Firms, for creating a ridiculous number of useless but required checklists
g) Thank you Firms, for picking up certain clients who you know will never go public, but are yet losing money hoping that it does.
h) Thank you Firms, for being constantly recognized in magazines as being amongst the best, and yet those who get surveyed never happens to be employees in the audit practices
i) Thank you Firms, for nothing.

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i'm in tax and I don't know anyone that's happy here so i really wonder who they survey?
Maybe the IT and HR folk? because i see the IT people leave at 5.30 and I'm always jealous. Plus I don't think they have to be chargeable
Anonymous said…
maybe the partners get surveyed?
Audit Rooms said…
Ha So true man... I have become ur fan...
Anonymous said…
the big four model is completely over plus they are no more doing any kind of training..
notfordisplay said…
What's your reasoning behind that comment? - "the big four model is completely over"
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Anonymous said…
It's not just big firms who are laying people off. I'm with a small audit firm and just found out I have to clear out by the end of the year. Thank you firms.
Anonymous said…
Amen brother
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