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Public Accounting: where BS billable work takes longer than expected. #Pacman

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Just received an email the other day giving all staff an OT requirement for June.. kind of hard to get that many billable hours in when none of the work is available 🙄

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Anyone else find it INSANE that PTO does not count towards your billable hour requirement. If you take a week off (40 hours), you’re really not getting paid time off if you have to make up all of that billable time before the end of the year. Am I missing something or is that just absurd?

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What are your billable hours requirements during busy season?

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What does bench life look like for you? For me a typical day looks like this 9 am- sign in and check emails 930-11 : look for a new job 11-2 lunch and nap 2-3 : sometimes meetings, mostly begging people for billable work 3-4:30 - proposal work if I have it or more job hunting 5-9pm family time and dinner 10-3am - netflix, videogames, cry myself to sleep

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Have you worked a reduced schedule (80 or 90% billable hours)? Any unexpected downsides? I was recruited and got a reasonable offer last week. It's the same money I currently make. Standard move is to counter with higher pay. But I decided I want more time, not more money, so my counter offer is to reduce the billable quota by 10% instead of raising the salary offer. I'm in no hurry to move so I figured the worst they can say is no, and I'm no worse off than before they called.

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It seems partners are much more flexible with associates who have kids than with those who don’t. If it’s okay for my colleague with a kid to leave at 5 pm and log on later, why isn’t that the same for me (no kids)? My obligations might be different, but I still have a life and want to be able to do certain things, like catch that evening workout class or cook dinner for my partner. As you can probably tell, my firm is operating 100% in person. There is no point here — I’m just whining.

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Do any firms give you “billable time” equivalent for taking vacation or time off? I think it’s kinda scammy that firms offer “unlimited pto” but still expect you to meet your hours without giving any hours equivalent for that PTO time you took. In reality, you’re not really taking PAID time off because you’ll have to make up those hours at some point in the year anyway.

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