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kentucky derby.

4:58 pm: normal office chatter, "busy" work day.

4:59 pm: Sudden the thunder in the background

5:00 pm: floor moves, sudden movement..employees head to the elevators like iron sticks to magnets

5:01 pm: Eerie quiet. You head out of the audit room only to see a football field of cubicles completely empty. How the heck did this happen? 3 minutes ago..the place was packed.

This 5:00 hurricane is a fascinating phenomenon. It's almost like people stare at the seconds hand in the clock, and once it hits 5..they head for the gates like horses at the kentucky derby.

Auditors are like the people standing near the derby gates..the dust from the track just falls on our faces, and we just sit there, shaking our heads. Yet, we head to the gates every day.


Anonymous said…
This is kind of a weird, but important question. How does your love life change as a result of working at the Big 4? Is dating coworkers a good idea?
Kevin H said…
Dating coworkers is not a good idea. You work with them for 11+ hours a day during busy season. What if it doesn't work out? Having said that, I think some people find a way to work it out.
Christopher said…
Hey I love your blog! I just stumbled onto it yesterday and I've already read all of it. Its kind of cool to see how you've changed over the months. Kind of like the book "flowers for algernon" only you change in that you mature and find more satisfaction in your job. You have this comical love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with audit. Never thought I would enjoy reading about auditing so much.

Having said that, I'm a Jr. at a school that is heavily recruited by the Big 4. We literally have someone here every week and they bribe us with everything from backpacks to ski retreats. It was kind of nice at first, but now its getting old and I'm feeling like I'm being seduced. The thing I hate is its like we're supposed to know exactly a)which office we want to go to b) which practice we want to go into (audit or tax). Yet I've never actually done audit or tax. I would prefer to go to a large non-big 4 firm so I can try a little of both and see what I prefer, but then I don't get "big 4" on my resume. They have us by the balls and they know it...
Anonymous said…
My old boss liked to call such people
"clock watchers"... safe to say, I've never looked at one around my boss since.
Anonymous said…
wow they can leave at 5 pm?

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