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Been a while

Guess my last post was around thanksgiving. Busy season lived up to its name. Plus to be honest, I ran out of things to blog about. Not sure whether this means I've addressed pretty much everything, or whether I'm drinking the corporate kool-aid even more. I think it's a bit of both. Not going to lie, the job does get better the higher up you go. Maybe it's a deep comfort zone I've got into, or maybe it's the stockholm syndrome I blogged about earlier. Looking at that blog from 2008, I said - "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. " Almost three years later, and I guess I've reached that point. I think I've realized that I could fight and complain all I want, but it's not going to change certain aspects of the industry. I should try and embrace the perks as much as I can, and deal with the negatives the best I can. And everytime I cave in and feel stressed out or frustrated, I always try and remind myself that this is just a job, and I'll do the best I can, but that's all I can do.

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Anonymous said…
There is nothing wrong with liking working in an accounting firm. I think your in the Big 4 as well. I work for a big 4 and i will be totally honest and say i love it. Sure there's downsides, but i see the upsides as well. Plus i am not sure which job does not have pros and cons.

I had 3 close colleagues leave my firm over the past 3 months. Two of them (they are making about 20K more now) would love to come back, but their too proud to do so. The third one loves their job, but realizes that even though she is making 15K more, there is pretty much no upward mobility.

As i have been told before, the grass is always greener on the other side.
Anonymous said…
Where did your colleagues go work after leaving the firm?
Kellen said…
Everytime I think working in public accounting sucks, I look at my roommates - one has a job that pays peanuts that she hates because she has to deal with delinquent kids all day (waaay less stressful than my job fromday-to-day) and my other roommate has a job he loves, but has been out of college for 8 years and is earning half of what I did starting salary...
Anonymous said…
I have stayed up all night to read your blog as I am aiming to get into a big 4 in the next couple years. Your personal perspective has been more insightful than every article i've read combined!

My question is...you've now been at the firm for 4 years, are you happy with the pay (what is the range after 4 years) and do you see yourself staying for a chance at partner or leaving the field of accounting entirely? And lastly, what is the percentage of people who leave to successfully start their own small firm?

Thanks for all the info!
Really impressive article written on Life of an author. I have gone through whole article and found it very interesting.

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