• Archive for the ‘Your Career’ Category

    In Memoriam – Roberta Gilna Merkel

    By • Oct 16th, 2011

    Executive search is a lot like the real estate business. Headhunters, with very few exceptions, like realtors, are getting paid by the seller or the company that is selling the job that you, as a candidate, are buying. The best ones manage this ethical dilemma well, especially when the compensation package, like the purchase price of […]

    Top Ten Reasons You Still Want To Work For The Auditors

    By • Sep 29th, 2011

    College students are being wined, dined, and picked over by the large firms. The recruiting season is in full bloom. One of the most frequent searches leading to my blog is some variation on what to wear to the post-interview fancy restaurant dinner. As you go through the experience, remember: They’ve already established what you […]

    Looking For Talent? Steal From Your Competitors

    By • Sep 5th, 2011

    This was originally posted September 6, 2007.  Not much has changed since then.  Not much varies for the Big Four member firms all over the world.  Regulators, please note: This is the level of responsibility- the level of expectations – for non-management staff. Quite significant. I ran across this recruiting ad for PwC Belgium while […]

    Say Anything: The Big Four Defense Of Overtime Exemptions

    By • Jun 20th, 2011

    Although the state and federal wage and hour laws governing eligibility for overtime pay are complicated, the public policy issues they present for audit firms are not.

    Just A Cog In The Big 4 Machine

    By • Jun 20th, 2011

    The Big 4 are still reeling them in like large mouth bass…

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Headed For A Trial In California Overtime Case

    By • Jun 17th, 2011

    There’s one thing about litigation that everyone agrees on. Anything can, and sometimes does, happen.

    Embracing Change – Day by Day

    By • Mar 31st, 2011

    I often think of my career as having had at least four parts, so far…

    The Perils Of Pre-Inspection File Polishing

    By • Dec 6th, 2010

    Ever wondered what it would be like to see your name in print? Most auditors do not aspire to seeing their name in the papers. It’s a career-limiting move to be cited in a bankruptcy examiner’s report or a disciplinary order issued by the PCAOB.

    Taking a Louisville Slugger: Lawsuits Against E&Y, PwC Show Ugly Side of Big 4

    By • Nov 10th, 2010

    Warning: Violence, unsavory language. Watch at your own risk. Robert DeNiro as Al Capone in The Untouchables: “A man becomes preeminent, he’s expected to have enthusiasms. Enthusiasms, enthusiasms… What are mine? Baseball! A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the […]

    Accounting Basics: A Guest Post From Robert B. Walker

    By • Sep 21st, 2010

    Robert B Walker, Chartered Accountant is a sole practitioner undertaking insolvency work, in Wellington and Auckland New Zealand. Is Mr. Walker the last man on earth who appreciates a solid set of books and records?