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As a consultant at one of the Big 4 firms, have you ever been required to work on an audit engagement when they are short staffed?

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I know someone who specifically went into Risk Advisory (IT audit/Internal Audit) because they hated their busy season audit internship. They got picked up on an audit busy season client because they were short staffed. Outside of this specific case I’ve never heard of this happening.

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Most likely not a full financial audit but an advisory project that is similar to audit (e.g SOX reporting, performance audits) if you have a CPA and have had very low utilization. There are lots of projects in advisory during audit busy season so it’s highly unlikely unless you want to be staffed on the project.

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Yep, I know this happens both on the advisory side and actual financial audits. Not related to utilization, but rather low headcount at a given office.

Are you in EY TTT?

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