What are your worst "office politics" stories in public accounting?

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👀👀👀 same old story... a bully partner being promoted because he’s BFFs with the OMP or national lead.

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Some partners kid coming in as a staff and getting life handed to them, great projects, some how not excessive hours, etc. Staff really isn’t the smartest or most helpful either. But somehow this dude is worshiped.

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I think all people should be treated the same, regardless of who their parent is. It shouldn’t be easier or tougher. Someone has to do the easy or tough projects but they shouldn’t be slotted for someone.

I was a first year and I refused to do sketchy audit work and ended up getting rated bottom bucket in all 4 categories. My next client had a senior that was best friends with my first senior and got a terrible rating again. But I survived a round of layoffs without any sort of PIP.

Ended up transferring to another firm into FDD where I am rated above average, high performer, and made senior. I snitched on my old team but all the SM resigned before anything juicy happened. Now I am in IB and still doing well.

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... Holy crap. 1) Crazy that SMs would be that unethical and 2) Crazy that SMs would be dumb enough to do that in front of a fresh staff, no offense

Work 27 all-nighters, billed over 300 hours beyond the annual goal, and had the highest realization of anyone on the team at my level after two years of work.

Didn’t play the social game while I was over-working myself and the guy that buddied up to the partner/SMs got the promotion 🙃

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In one of my offices if one of the partners didn’t like you, you were doomed. Granted it took a lot for her to not like you but if you got on her bad side you WILL be fired.

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