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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: To Job or Not to Job Before Leaving Your Public Accounting Job

Last week, we talked about first steps for quitting your job in public accounting. The TL;DR of it is 1) decide you’re going to leave before you do something you might regret like punching your partner in the balls, and 2) get your resume ready. Alright, so let’s assume you’re ready to leave and you […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q2 2019

A lot of us at Going Concern would’ve rather been chained up in the dungeon with Tyrion Lannister instead watching last weekend’s “Game of Thrones” finale. But we’d prefer just about anything over being trapped in the figurative dungeon of boring, thankless accounting jobs. Here’s something that’s more omg-so-awesome “Breaking Bad” finale than fade-to-black “Sopranos” […]

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He Made the American Dream Real: From Foreign Lands to Big 4 Auditor to a Leader at an Advisory Firm

Does your accounting job have you trapped in an accrual world? Do you ever want to ditch it all and travel down a different career path? You could go back to school to become an orthopedic surgeon, but then you’d have to re-learn the phases of mitosis. You could be an English teacher, but that […]

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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: First Steps For Quitting Your Job In Public Accounting

A year ago, our contributor Megan Lewczyk (what the hell happened to her, anyway? Megan, send a smoke signal if you’re OK) wrote a field guide to quitting your job in public accounting. Unlike many of the articles we pour our hearts and souls into around here, it was well-received, and even after all this […]

Which Big 4 Firm Is Paying Its Interns the Most?

Summer internship season is fast approaching, as thousands of bright-eyed young men and women will soon flood accounting firms all over the country, hoping to not have their wills crushed and not screw up too badly so they receive a full-time offer of employment. But what are these eager ladies and gents getting paid to […]

KPMG Gets Another Award For Being the Big 4 Firm That Is the Least Old, Male, and Pale

Did you guys see DiversityInc’s 2019 ranking of the top 5o companies for diversity? In past years, there’s been most, if not all, of the Big 4 represented. But not recently. Only one Big 4 firm made the list in 2018 and 2019, and that firm is KPMG. Maybe KPMG nearly sweeping Vault’s 2020 accounting […]

Big 4 Shut Out of Working Mother’s List of the Top 10 Companies For Multicultural Women

The Working Mother list of the top 50 companies for multicultural women came out last week, and I honestly didn’t realize this was a thing until I saw this self-congratulatory tweet from PwC while scrolling through Twitter this morning: PwC is proud to be named a 2019 @_WorkingMother_ Best Company for Multicultural Women! Learn more […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Become the Next National Taxpayer Advocate

The woman in the photo above is Nina Olson. She is the National Taxpayer Advocate. Olson has been the National Taxpayer Advocate since March 2001. But she will retire on July 31, 2019. Now you, tax guy or tax gal, can be the next National Taxpayer Advocate and write ridiculously long reports to Congress each […]

How New Accounting Grads Can Tune Up Their Diversity BS Detectors

How can CPA firms be so white and male when they’re so dedicated to diversity? Look at any firm’s career site and you’ll see a carefully written commitment to diversity. Read enough of them and you’ll soon realize that diversity statements all sound the same. The profession can’t even come up with diverse ways to […]

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Survey: Accountants Want to Spend As Little Time In the Office As Humanly Possible This Summer

Here’s something that Adrienne and I are completely in agreement with: In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (52 percent) and early departure on Fridays (27 percent). But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-four percent of senior managers […]

Compensation Watch ’19: Highest-Paying Cities Don’t Give Accountants the Most Bang for Their Buck

Last week, we perused a report from AdvisorSmith on the 50 best U.S. cities in which accountants can pursue their careers and gave you the top 25. Two of the variables used by AdvisorSmith for its ranking were average annual accounting salaries per city and cost of living, so let’s focus on those today. Using […]

Best Cities to Find a Job and Raise Your Little Accountants

Through the years, we’ve done several “Best Cities for Accounting Jobs” articles. We think they are pretty worthwhile, especially for those of you youngins who are looking to get your foot in the door and want to live and work in the hustle and bustle of a big city. Or maybe you want to work […]

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Here’s Another Article Advising Dumb-Ass Old People On How to Talk to the Youths at Work

Welcome back to another installment of “GC Shits on Legitimate Accounting Publications For Writing Stupid Advice.” I’m your host Adrienne. In today’s episode, we’re going to destroy this recent Journal of Accountancy article about how to improve cross-generational communication in a professional setting. Now that Generation Z has entered the workforce, colleagues at a single […]

The Big 4 Will Stomp On Your Creativity Like a Grape

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Nicola Mansfield talked about why she jumped ship from Deloitte Australia recently to become the managing director of Interbrand, a brand consulting firm owned by global advertising company Omnicom Group. Mansfield joined Deloitte in late 2015 after the Big 4 firm bought the brand and spatial design […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Forensic Accounting FTW

Happy Monday, gang. Today, we’re going to take a look at Vault’s 2020 ranking of the “Best Accounting Firms for Forensic Accounting.” We wanted to give some love to these number-crunching crime fighters who helped take down Paul Manafort and bust idiot celebrities who illegally tried to get their wannabe-celebrity children admitted into elite universities […]

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Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: KPMG Is the Diversitiest of the Big 4

We’ve given KPMG a lot of shit on this site recently, and rightly so. But we’re going to throw the House of Klynveld a bone today, as there’s some good news to report: KPMG nearly swept the diversity categories in Vault’s “Best Accounting Firms” rankings. Let’s not kid ourselves, though: The accounting profession is still […]

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3 Ways Millennials Changed the Accounting Industry with Technology

In the age of Instagram influencers and workplace beer gardens, millennials often get an unfair rap for communicating and working differently than their older office peers. While they may have grown up texting in lieu of talking and “dancing” with headphones at silent discos, like it or not, millennials are now the largest and most […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Culture, Leadership, Relationships with Supervisors, and Work/Life Balance

Hey, guys. Hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. As you know, Mondays after a holiday weekend suck, especially if you hate your job. But there are accounting professionals out there who were probably champing at the bit to come to work today because they actually enjoy being there and being around their […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Benefits, Comp, Vacation, and Promotion Policies

Earlier this week, we wrote about PwC’s continued dominance on Vault’s Accounting 50 and most prestigious firm rankings. Today, we’re going to focus on four of the 18 “quality of life” rankings that fall under Vault’s latest “Best Accounting Firms to Work For” section. And these four categories are near and dear to your heart: […]

You’ll Have to Pry Vault’s ‘Most Prestigious Firm’ Title Out of PwC’s Cold, Dead Hands

A little while ago, we told you how PwC locked down the top spot in Vault’s 2020 Accounting 50—the seventh consecutive year the firm has been ranked No. 1.  But believe it or not, this isn’t the longest win streak P. Dubs has going when it comes to Vault’s rankings. Even though the House of […]

PwC Once Again Tops Vault Accounting 50 (2020)

It’s one of our favorite times of the year at GC HQ when our friends at Vault put out their yearly rankings of the top accounting firms in the U.S. in several categories. But for now, we’re going to focus on the overall top 50 ranking. The No. 1 firm in the U.S. for 2020, […]

Compensation Watch ’19: Tax Professionals

Hey there, tax jockeys. How’s your Wednesday been so far? Feeling less whiny today? Good. We have some new salary data to share with you, from the folks over at Korn Ferry, that might be of interest. The management consulting firm dug deep into its pay database, did some math, punched some buttons, and came […]

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This Forbes Columnist Thinks You’re All a Bunch of Whiny B*tches

If you read Forbes contributor Peter J. Reilly’s recent post entitled Advice For The Looming Tax Deadline – No Fooling, you easily could have missed the jab at the end toward all you whiny losers complaining about how hard tax season is. I could waste a lot of characters here describing it, but you know […]

Big 4 Calling On All Blockchain Nerds to Come Nerd Out At Their Firms

From CoinDesk: “Big Four” professional consulting firms Deloitte, KPMG and EY are all in the top five when it comes to posting blockchain job ads, according to new data from Indeed.com. The employment site released its latest figures for job postings relating to blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin in the U.S. on Thursday, with the data covering […]

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Why Is Aprio the Only Top 100 CPA Firm with a Non-Traditional Name?

There’s no easier way to put it: Most top accounting firms do it by the book. Even with the complication of buyouts and mergers, top 100 CPA firms have historically been named after founders. In fact, some states even require it—solidifying a tradition that many partners still prefer. That’s why when Habif, Arogeti & Wynne […]

Busy Season Problems: Moms (Usually) Just Don’t Understand

This week’s BSP is dedicated to all the Moms out there who still have no idea why you hardly call between late January to mid-April, why you’re working all day on a Saturday, why you look malnourished, and why you have bags under your eyes. my mom calls me: hi! how’s tax season going? are […]

Busy Season Problems: No Highlighters, Please; Clients Ignoring Portals; Bad Takeout Food

So we kinda slacked off on doing posts on busy season problems this tax season. Sorry ’bout that. But it seems like there hasn’t been as much venting on Twitter this year as in past years. However, now that there’s less than a month left until Tax Day, patience might start to wear thin, so […]

Accounting Firm Discovers One Weird Trick to Save on Rent, Landlords Hate Them

It’s no secret that public accounting comes with long hours. Maybe not as grueling as, say, working on an Alaskan fishing boat, but long nonetheless. In some ways it’s a commonly-understood dirty little secret; everyone expects it but recruiters don’t like to talk about it. Maybe that’s why we found this blog post by Texas […]

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Attn Miserable Cube-Dwellers: Check Out This Job Posting

So before we get into this job posting, we’re obligated probably by law and definitely by our dubious moral code to inform you that this is a sponsored post. Sponsored in that money was exchanged to make sure we got this job listing in front of y’all, but it has been written by yours truly […]

Busy Season Problems: People Are Flipping Out Over Their Small Tax Refunds

You guys have probably seen or heard that as of Feb. 8, the average tax refund was $1,949, down 8.7% compared to the first two weeks of tax season last year. And you’ve probably seen or heard that economists and tax experts are saying it’s way too early to start rioting in the streets, as […]

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A Day in the Life: Accounting Manager at Stack Overflow

OK, so it has been waaaaaay too long since we gave you a day in the life of someone who isn’t slaving away at the Big 4. Nearly two years, actually. Sorry about that. It was this idea I had back in 2017 that never really took off because trying to track down accountants with […]

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Let’s Talk About F*cking Your Coworkers

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Whether you’re single, attached, or too busy to give a crap about getting laid, today is all about love. Or at least that’s what Hallmark wants us to believe. Given the fact that love is on everyone’s minds this week, the following article from the NASBA Center for Public Trust couldn’t […]

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Are Financial Barriers to Entry Keeping Low-Income People Out of the Profession?

You may not know this but I grew up po’. Not “sorry, Adrienne, you won’t be getting a new bike for your birthday” po’, but “sorry, Adrienne, Santa won’t be coming at all this year, deal with it” po’. The child of a hardworking single mother, I learned pretty early on how to make box […]

Why Accounting Is the Key to Expanding the Digital Nomad Movement

Getting paid to sit on a beach in Tahiti or ski a few runs at Whistler Mountain might sound a little too good to be true—if it were 2004. But with the power of reliable Wi-Fi and a trusty laptop, the age-old idea that traveling the world while earning a living is only a fantasy […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q1 2019

Protip: In the classic PC and NES game Maniac Mansion, you can escape the dungeon by pressing a loose brick in the wall. The door only opens for a few seconds though, so you’ll have to hustle to make it out in time. That’s great advice for video games but pretty useless if you’re stuck in […]

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Should Cryptocurrency Consulting Be the Next Phase in Your Accounting Career?

Think the hype over cryptocurrency has reached its fever pitch? Think again—the crypto craze has only just begun. Businesses are increasingly viewing cryptocurrency as a viable investment. New tokens are gaining steam, and Bitcoin, the OG crypto cash, continues to trade at a frenzied pace. More than 200,000 Bitcoin transactions occur every day, and investors like […]

Mastering Data Analytics Can Make You a More Valuable Accountant

What can you do to make yourself more valuable to your organization? If you’re an accountant or if you work on a corporate finance team, becoming a master in data analysis is a big step forward. But why? And what does data analytics have to do with accounting? Accountants use data analytics to help businesses […]

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3 Reasons Why Accountants Should Move to an Advisory Job

Today’s businesses are increasingly looking to their accounting firms for services beyond accounting, auditing, and compliance. They want a true advisor—someone to help guide their financial future and evaluate all different types of transactions. This has created an opportunity for today’s accountants, one that some will find alluring, provocative, and potentially lucrative. But for many, […]

Some of Our Favorite Accounting People Put a Bow on 2018 and Talk Robots in 2019

As you guys know, the editorial team at Going Concern has no shortage of opinions. But this year, we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to hear from professionals who we consider to be influencers in the accounting profession. Or maybe we’re a fan of their contributions to the industry, or maybe […]

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Oh Hey, We Found the Absolute Worst Partner in All of Public Accounting Right Here

I wasn’t gonna write anything today and I definitely wasn’t going to write up something I found on Reddit, but when I spotted this post on r/accounting, you know I just had to. I’m passionate about two things when it comes to content on this website: cats and creeper dudes who can’t keep it in […]

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3 Reasons You Should Look Beyond the Big 4 for a Transaction Advisory Accounting Job

Needless to say, the Big 4 firms offer great opportunities across nearly every accounting-related career path. But for those with audit and/or tax experience seeking a job in a transaction advisory role, or those already working in transaction advisory who are looking for a change, there are plenty of midsize firms that can offer comparable—if […]

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People Are Talking About You at Work, Here’s How to Shut Their Big Fat Mouths

Office gossip, it’s the worst, amirite? You know what else is the worst? Jason Bramwell’s secret Louboutin collection. I heard from Liz in marketing that he rocks those size 13 stilettos like no one’s business when his wife isn’t watching. True story. OK, that isn’t true and Liz never said that. But that’s how easy […]

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Heads Up Future CPAs, TPTB Are Considering Testing Your Competency in Tech

Although this news is unlikely to affect anyone currently studying for the CPA exam, the potential impact on future accounting majors cannot be ignored. From the Journal of Accountancy: A working group formed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA is exploring possible changes to the CPA licensure requirements […]

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The Advantages of Being an Accountant at a ‘Best Employer for Diversity’

Around the country, companies are making concerted efforts to diversify their workforces across physical ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and age. But many businesses aren’t limiting their diversity efforts to simply hiring more minorities. They’re striving to change the culture, creating workplaces where all employees feel valued and safe, and everyone can compete for promotions, […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q4 2018

It’s time for another edition of Escaping the Dungeon. If you’re working at one of the Big 4 or another public accounting firm, chained to your desk for 60 to 80 hours a week, performing menial tasks for clients you’ve never met and never will meet—these jobs are for you. This quarter’s job list is […]

The Good News Is Robots Won’t Take Your Job, the Bad News Is When They Do They’ll Be Like Interns

We’ve been talking about robots taking your jobs for years now, always coming to the same conclusion that AI won’t make skilled CPAs, auditors, and other higher-level accounting professionals redundant. Phil the bookkeeper who has been doing taxes out of a beauty salon backroom in a podunk strip mall may not be so lucky, but […]

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U.S. Expat Tax Accountants: Don’t Work From Home. Work From Anywhere.

Like everyone else in the accounting industry, U.S. expat tax accountants are going remote. A 2017 report found that 3.9 million Americans spend at least half their time working from home. That’s a 115% increase in remote workers since 2005. But working from home is old school. The next step is working from anywhere, crossing […]

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University of Michigan to Ex-KPMG Recruiter: ‘Keep Your Horny Ass Off Campus’

Last month, we met Scott Vetere, a 39-year-old father of three from Michigan who made a name for himself in collegiate sports in the late ’90s and early 2000s before that legacy was trumped by a series of poor choices and a little bit of hot car sex this year. In case you need a […]

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Should Accountants Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?

Financial disciplines have long been the first thought-of areas where technology like artificial intelligence will cause dramatic disruption and upend entire ways of thinking. Accountancy is certainly no different from others in the finance umbrella, and we continue to see headlines explaining Why Artificial Intelligence is the Future of Accounting.  In many ways, the AI […]

Let’s Just Accept the Truth That Open Offices Were a Dumb Idea

Open offices haven’t been around nearly as long as the “open concept” home, but many office dwellers have complained about them from the beginning. For accounting firms in particular, the open office concept is pretty much the worst possible environment to stick a bunch of introverts into under some misguided belief it will increase “collaboration” […]

2019 Accounting Internship Programs, Ranked

Ah, internships: where bright-eyed, eager, budding capital market servants get their first taste of the hell that is a career in public accounting. But which accounting internship programs are the most popular among college students? Our friends at Vault have the answer. Vault recently released its top internship program rankings for 2019 in a bunch […]

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How Deep Accounting Skills Can Help You Unlock Cool New Jobs

There’s a lot of upside to adding deep accounting knowledge and skills to your resume—impressive credentials, prospects for higher pay, and a chance to take your career to the next level, among other positive career boosts. If you already have solid work experience and have developed expertise in certain areas, adding accounting knowledge—and a Master […]

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Propel Your Accounting Career Forward While Giving Back to Veterans

When Army National Guard Specialist David Moreno received the call to serve his country in combat during the Iraq War, he answered. Spc. Moreno worked as an infantry gunner on a Humvee, fighting with honor alongside his brothers and sisters in arms. He returned home with a number of accolades: Army Commendation Campaign Medal, National […]

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3 Tips for Crushing Your Accounting Work While Traveling

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, working on the road is a necessary evil for most accountants. No matter how much you promise yourself you’ll unplug, work still manages to creep its way into any trip or vacation, in spite of promises of flexible hours and work/life balance from your firm. So if you’re going […]

Science Has Finally Figured Out Why So Many Big 4 Partners Are Psychopaths

Here at Going Concern, we’re especially fascinated by the ever-unchanging dynamic between grunts and the benevolent leaders they serve. That’s why when I saw this article pop up on some sciencey subreddit I follow for no discernable reason, I just had to share. Let’s jump right into “Shall we serve the dark lords? A meta-analytic […]

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Blockchain Consulting: A Unique New Career Path for Accountants

The hype over blockchain is reaching a fever pitch. According to Juniper Research, two-thirds of the world’s large corporations expect blockchain technology to be integrated into their systems by the end of 2018. Blockchain certainly introduces new financial opportunities. But opinions about the size and scope of those opportunities vary. Software development firm Ignite wrote […]

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3 Legal and Liability Tips Freelance Remote Accountants Must Consider

If you’re considering a career as a freelance remote accountant, or if you’ve already started one, there are certain legal and liability issues you need to deal with. As you’ll no longer have the protection of an employer to bail you out of any lawsuits or legal troubles you might encounter in your work life, […]

Take It From a Former Public Accountant: Having a CPA/MBA Makes Sense

It’s a tale as old as time here on Going Concern. Your career in public accounting probably looks a little something like mine did: slog your way through 150 credits, pass the CPA exams while working, keep near-investment banking hours (yet still pack lunch to make the salary work), and then sit back and watch […]

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How to Avoid Conflicts of Interest as a Freelance Remote Accountant

If you’ve been a freelance remote accountant for long, it’s probably already happened. You’ve got two clients, Client A and Client B, that are both in the same industry. Client A finds out you’re working for Client B and unleashes the fury on you: “How dare you help our competitors?” And the response you want […]

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Here Is Everything You Need to Know About Meet the Firms

Welp, it’s about that time of year to dust off your big brother’s hand-me-down blazer and practice your handshake for Meet the Firms. As you’re polishing up your personal elevator pitch, now is a good time to go over some basics, lest you make an absolute fool of yourself. What Is Meet the Firms? As […]

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How Accounting Firm Aprio Helped an Employee Make Partner at 32

The road to making partner at an accounting firm is often a long one. It generally takes about 10 to 15 years for a CPA to get to partner, so most accountants won’t receive an offer until their late 30s or even early 40s–if they ever get one at all. But at some firms, fast […]

How Are Public Accounting Salaries Stacking Up for 2019?

It’s the end of August, which means Starbucks is already slinging pumpkin spice lattes, Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers are now on the shelves of your favorite bottle shop, the college football season is about to kick off, and Robert Half and Accounting Principals have released their latest salary guides for accounting and finance professionals. Both […]

Congrats, Tax Managers, You (Barely) Made Glassdoor’s List of the Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S.

Glassdoor recently came out with its new ranking of the top 25 highest-paying jobs in the United States, and it was slim pickings for accounting-ish positions. Keep scrolling, scrolling, scrolling down until you reach No. 24, where you’ll find tax manager sandwiched between cloud engineer and data scientist. Tax manager has a median base salary […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q3 2018

We know a lot of you are in the dungeon. You’re working at one of the Big 4 or another public accounting firm, chained to your desk for 60 to 80 hours a week, performing menial tasks for clients you’ve never met and never will meet. Your creativity is stifled; your input ignored. But it […]

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Why Coworking Accounting Spaces Suck and Why They’re Awesome

Kyle Schmitz is the director of product design at Accountingfly. He sometimes works remotely out of a coworking office space in downtown Pensacola, Fla. We asked Kyle about his thoughts on the pros and cons of coworking spaces for accounting, and he was happy to give us the real scoop. Coworking spaces suck: Everyone does […]

Government Auditors Say the Institute of Internal Auditors Is Making a ‘Big Mistake’ By Phasing Out the CGAP Credential

The Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) is one of three specialty certifications that are being phased out by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)—and several government auditors who hold the CGAP aren’t very happy about it. “I’m disappointed but not surprised by the IIA’s short-sighted decision to phase out new applications to the CGAP,” Chris […]

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How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Ditch the Accounting Office and Work From Home

It’s OK to admit it–you want to work from home. But if your boss forbids it or limits your remote work time, what’s an accountant to do? If you’re lucky, you work for an employer that embraces remote work and flexible work-from-home policies. If you’re tragically unlucky, your company is resisting the remote trend and forbidding […]

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25,000 Students Voted For the Top Internship and the Results Will SHOCK You

Alright so twice now I’ve been called out for writing clickbait headlines now that the comment section is reopened, but whatever, what do you guys think I did in the years between getting laid off from this website last time and coming back? I WROTE CLICKBAIT. I’m not joking. One time I paid my rent […]

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Get an Accounting Job with Startup Perks–Minus the Startup Risks

Looking for a job in the accounting field where you’ll get to interact with a wide variety of clients, gain a foothold in the ever-expanding tech market, and enjoy the benefits of a startup lifestyle without the fears of working for an unstable company? If that sounds appealing, FloQast may have a position for you. […]

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5 Weird Benefits of Ditching the Accounting Office and Working Remotely

Spend more time with family. Lose the commute. Work flexible hours. Wear what you want. By now you’re more than familiar with the typically-cited benefits of working remotely. So we’re not gonna write that article, because you can read that anywhere. Instead, we’re gonna grab our trusty football bat, gather up some three-dollar bills, and […]

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Midsize Firms Are Stepping Up Their International Game to Compete with the Big 4

Globalization has reached a saturation point. For small and midsize accounting firms, the question of expanding internationally is not one of if, but when. Many firms have responded to the challenge, creating international capabilities that in some ways equal or even surpass that of the Big 4. A world of opportunity A 2016 survey by […]

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What Is a Homebuilder, and Why Should Accountants Work For One?

I’m interviewing Megan Scheiderich, director of internal audit at PulteGroup. If you didn’t know, PulteGroup is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious homebuilders. So I have to open the interview with THE question. One of those questions you dread asking because the answer is so obvious and self-evident. But you have to ask […]

Come Visit Our New Hub for Remote and Hybrid Accounting Jobs

Hello, Going Concern denizens. I am here today to let you all know about a new hub we just launched in our Career Center called Remote Job Listings. It is a listing of … well, you guessed it … current remote jobs with accounting firms and in industry that need to be filled. Perhaps one […]

These 10 Accounting and Finance Jobs Are Hot, Hot, Hot

So say the folks at recruiting firm CyberCoders, so plan your career accordingly: In 2018, the CyberCoders data shows that the most in-demand accounting and finance position is financial advisor, with an average salary of $85,860, followed by loan officer at $68,000 and tax supervisor with an average salary of $96,944. The job of financial […]

You Must Be Digitally Fit to Land a Job at PwC

For those college students who aspire to one day possess a stack of PwC business cards, Mike Fenlon, PwC’s chief people officer, explains how you—yes, you—can land a job with the professional services firm. Obviously, interning with PwC will give you a leg up on the competition, as Fenlon told CNBC that a majority of […]

You Won’t Need a Therapist if You Have a Mentor

Public accounting breeds irritable, highly-caffeinated workaholics. It’s no surprise mental health is an afterthought. Between preparing for intense client status calls and getting workpaper review comments cleared before archiving starts, it’s not likely you’ll have much time to focus on your feelings. We put up with long hours with 85%-90% billable utilization quotas during the […]

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CPA FAR is Hard, and That’s Okay

The FAR section on the CPA Exam is hard. Don’t believe me? Just ask the pass rates. The fact is, people don’t pass FAR as often as they pass all the other sections. For some people, quickly working through complex calculations really hits their sweet spot. Others, not so much. Me? When I first began […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Internal Audit (But Were Afraid to Ask)

If you’d asked me for the definition of internal audit a few months ago, I would have guessed it was some sort of self-help cleansing ritual involving crystals and quinoa. You know, the type of exercise where afterward you annoy all your friends by telling them how mindful and present you are now. And they […]

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How a Career in Cloud Accounting Can Change Your Life

Getting your first accounting job out of school – whether at a Big 4 firm or elsewhere – is exciting. As with any career path, however, there often comes a point when it’s time to explore other options, perhaps to advance your career, or to expand your skill set, or simply for the sake of […]

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Non-CPA Controllers Offer Perspective on Choosing a Certification

Three years ago, Anne Bronchetti, CMA, had an accounting intern from a local university who had never heard of the Certified Management Accountant designation until she told him about it. “He knew he wanted to pursue a career in accounting but wasn’t at all sure what path to follow or where he should focus,” said […]

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No CPA, No Problem: Why Some Controllers Opted for Other Professional Credentials

Joel Konts was told over and over again during college that if he didn’t sit for the CPA exam and work for a public accounting firm after he graduated, he wouldn’t have the best of luck making a career in accounting. “I also knew that if I didn’t go for my master’s degree right after […]

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A 2018 Refresh: The CPA Exam User Experience Reno

Along with a series of other 2018 CPA Exam changes that will make the testing experience easier for CPA candidates, the latest version of the exam will feature a redesigned CPA Exam user experience (UX) for virtually all interfaces. The AICPA is demolishing the outdated look it’s had for so long and introducing a more […]

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Knocking Down the Walls of the CPA Exam

Along with a series of other 2018 CPA Exam changes that will make the testing experience easier for CPA candidates, the latest version of the exam will feature a redesigned CPA Exam user experience (UX) for virtually all interfaces. The AICPA is demolishing the outdated look it’s had for so long and introducing a more […]

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Let’s Cool It With All the ‘CPAs Should Run for Office Because Taxes’ Talk

Crazy enough to think that people will care that he can look at a 1040 and not soil himself. Should CPAs run for office? According to this gushy post at the AICPA, the answer is a resounding: YAAAAS. When you’re a CPA, you have a solid understanding of the many issues that power government: taxes, […]

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A Field Guide to Quitting a Job in Public Accounting

That is the look of a man who no longer bears the yoke of a Big 4 job. Are you fantasizing about quitting your public accounting job? It’s finally March. Busy season will start to wind down soon and those miserable hours will begin to taper off. You may catch yourself daydreaming about finding another […]

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Webinar: Selling the ROI of Cloud Accounting Technology

Have you ever made a case to the boss about swapping your current tech out for a cloud-based application? Did you succeed or get a deer-in-headlight stare? If it was the latter, our friends at FloQast are hosting a webinar this coming Tuesday to walk you through how to prepare a formal Business Value Analysis. […]

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Insecure Overachievers Will Always Have a Place in Public Accounting

Does the endless stream of work make you want to cry sometimes? I know it is enough to make even diehard auditors buckle and break. Overwork is a hallmark of the accounting profession, and we all know it. But why? Surely if you factor in all of the international teams, we have plenty of people […]

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Four Strategies That Will Put You on the Partner Fast Track

About five years ago, we wrote an article on what it takes to get (and stay) on the partner track. TL;DR: you need to develop people skills, leadership skills, be proactive in finding new business, and play by the rules of the firm (DON’T pull a Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and go […]

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Chattanooga Is the Accounting Job Market’s Best-Kept Secret

Looking to relocate? If so, you’ve probably Googled “Best Cities for Accountants” and found lists like this one. But there’s a city you won’t find on those lists, one we keep hearing about as a great place to work: Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ooh, look how pretty Chattanooga delivers some of the best-looking landscapes you’ll find in […]

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How One Firm Created a New Client Selection Model to Extinguish Employee Burnout

There are three types of accounting firm clients. Please forgive that previous sentence, which is absurdly reductive. Every client is different, and sorting them into three discrete groups only makes sense if you’re a blogger who wants to express a larger point about client selection that an accounting audience might find interesting. Which is what […]

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A Different Bottom Line: Today’s Nonprofits Offer Challenging Work, Huge Employee Benefits

The temptation to pursue a big ticket job at a publicly-traded company is one that dangles above many accountants like the fruit of Tantalus–forever enticing, but just out of reach. And for some, the desire to be America’s Next Top CFO acts more like the sword of Damocles, hanging perilously overhead and threatening to doom […]

3 Controllers Reveal Tactics, and, Yes, How They Make Time, to Keep Learning

In about four months, the accounting and finance conference circuit will start to heat up, as professionals from companies of all shapes and sizes will descend upon hotels and convention centers in cities across the United States to peruse vendor exhibits, hobnob with their friends and peers at networking events, and attend workshops and seminars. […]

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An Open Letter to Anyone Thinking of Asking the Accountant in Their Life for Help on a Tax Return

Dear friend, There’s an accountant in your life. He or she may be a relative, acquaintance, or someone who foolishly answered your terrible icebreaker “So, what do you do for a living?” honestly. It dawned on you that tax season will soon be upon us. You have probably received documentation informing you that a precise […]

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Is Your Firm Holding You Back?

Tired of watching less talented workers get promoted over you? Do you feel your head is smashing against the glass ceiling again and again, your brain swelling with an NFL-sized concussion? If so, it might be time to ask yourself: What if it’s not me? What if it’s my firm? At bigger corporations, it’s easy […]

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Are All Accounting Firms That Claim to Have Work/Life Balance Lying?

“Our firm provides great work/life balance.” How many times have you read that in a job description and thought, “Riiiiiiight”? Don’t worry, you’re not a cynical curmudgeon. Everyone thinks this. And that’s because EVERY firm says it in their job postings. To most accounting firms, “Work/life balance” equates to a casual Friday once a month. […]

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Why Working at San Diego-Based Gatto, Pope & Walwick Is a No-Brainer

When Sheena Barnes moved to San Diego, she spoke to every tax firm in the area. She says choosing Gatto, Pope & Walwick was a no-brainer. Yes, a tax accounting job can be fun Even for those of you who get legitimately excited about tax accounting, we know the business can be a bit of […]

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Love Technology & Accounting? This Company Wants to Hire You.

A software company that makes apps for accountants by accountants? It’s for real, and they’re looking to hire now. If your world is one where technology and accounting collide, you should check them out. FloQast is a startup in the conventional sense, and they’re growing rapidly. They just raised $25 million in series B funding, […]

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4 Weird Ways to Keep Your Sanity This Coming Busy Season

Busy season stress is no joke. When it hits and those 60-hour work weeks start piling up, where do you turn? You could (and probably will) drain every last drop out of the company coffee pot or slam green energy drinks composed of dubious ingredients. You’ll probably take a few Office Space-style breaks along the […]

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Make $40k in Three Months This Busy Season

Imagine getting paid by the hour during busy season. Sure, salaried employment is great, and it makes sense for a lot of CPAs. But if you’re someone who isn’t sold on climbing the corporate ladder to enter yourself into the partner lottery 15 to 20 years into your career, then there’s a more flexible and […]