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 are. The firms are now just trying to figure out what your final price is.
This post was originally published at Going Concern.com on August 19, 2009.
The Top Ten Reasons You Still Want To Work for the Big Audit Firms:
10. “A career in Tax at KPMG is dynamic and intellectually demanding. Could you take the pace?” Perhaps… Unfortunately, the pace has slowed considerably for everyone cut yesterday.
9. “[At Deloitte] audit isn’t what it used to be. Our clients expect more of us. And our risk-based approach, experienced professionals, comprehensive methodologies and technical resources deliver.” Yes, at least 50 billable hours a week, meaning you’re on the clock at least 80, managing the risk of falling asleep, your face landing in leftover stuffed pizza scattered all over the conference table.
8. “PricewaterhouseCoopers is all about you. Your personal and professional development, your achievement, your life long learning, your individuality and your choices. “ Actually, PwC is all about PwC.
7. “I’m going to Disney World!” I think we’ve seen the last of first year training blowouts at Disney World. Prepare yourself for Houston in August.
6. “[At EY] your base salary compensates you for the value you bring to the firm and for meeting our everyday high expectations. Our goal is to make base pay externally competitive, internally equitable and related to performance.” If only you knew what your salary was going to be. Job offers made with no start dates, no salary info. Previous salary commitments retroactively “adjusted for market conditions.” Or is it the inevitable overtime pay requirements? Sign up, forsake all others. Don’t call us, we’ll call you with the details.
5. “At PricewaterhouseCoopers, we are committed to ensuring women have the opportunity to build a rewarding career. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s a business issue that affects our bottom line.” Yes, ladies, you are a business issue. You can make us money or cost us money. Especially when you’re a whore.
4. “BDO Seidman offers a distinctly different option for talented professionals as they evolve their careers.” Unless or until they shrink enough to cry “too poor to pay” the pending $571 million judgment.
There are some Tax positions open, however.
But don’t expect to make partner soon in the UK.
3. PwC is blogging! Yea! They embrace social media! Well…Yes… If you’re interested in the “Gender Agenda.” Because gender issues are a business issue. Just don’t try to make it a real conversation or you’ll get banned.
2. Deloitte Wants You! “For U.S. junior military officers transitioning to the business world, Deloitte offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding career.”
Unfortunately, the BearingPoint professionals just acquired may not have as easy of a time fitting in. Some of them actually started at KPMG!
1. You want to work with the best. “The people of KPMG are committed to corporate citizenship; they want to lead change and be involved in dynamic solutions that improve the societies in which they live and work,” says Tim Flynn, Chairman, KPMG. Yes, at clients such as Citigroup, New Century, Countrywide, Fortis, Fannie Mae, Rentokil, HSBC…