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Finding Love at Work is More Acceptable Than Ever

Another year, another sign that office romances are gradually becoming more and more acceptable in workplaces throughout the United States. Indeed, the most striking statistic from this year's Vault Office Romance survey is that just 5 percent of respondents believe that no office romances are appropriate, down from 9 percent in 2011. Read More >

The State of the Union: Can Government Help America's Workers?

"We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very hard times." The central theme of the domestic portion of President Obama's penultimate State of the Union speech last night was all about the progress the economy has made since the darkest days of the recession, coupled with a few ideas-most of which are unlikely to make it through Congress alive-about where to go from here. Read More >

Can the Job Market Party Continue in 2015?

Can the Job Market Party Continue in 2015? The final employment report of 2014 is out, and it's official: last year was the best for US job growth since 1999. All told, the economy added some 252,000 jobs listing month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.6 percent-a 1.1 percent drop over the course of the past year. The gains rounded off a strong year for the job market, with the BLS reporting an average monthly gain of 246,000 positions in 2014. Those figures translated to some 1. Read More >

Are Unions Making a Comeback?

The past couple of days have brought a rash of headlines about union victories at the National Labor Relations Board-most of which are based on decisions that the NLRB has made that theoretically make it easier for workers to form unions. And most of those articles have been accompanied by quotes from individuals and lobbyists on either side of the debate, touting the rulings either as spelling certain doom for businesses or a jolt in the arm for workers' rights. Read More >

Pay Inequality is Real, and Other Lessons from the Sony Data Hack

If you've been paying attention to the news in the past few days, you'll likely have heard something about a data security breach at Sony Pictures-not least because the hack has resulted in several of Sony's current and upcoming movie titles being leaked onto the internet, potentially costing the company millions of dollars in lost revenue. Read More >

What's Your Job Like? Tax Professional, Deloitte

Ever wondered what life inside a major firm is like? Here, Deloitte's Heather Reiter--a New Jersey native--gives us a glimpse of her career to date, as well as her day-to-day life as Manager in Deloitte's Tax Management Consulting practice in Belgium. Read More >

Can Business Leaders Step Up and End the Skills Crisis?

With around 9 million unemployed people in the country, you'd think that U.S. firms would have no problem filling the 3 million or so open positions that are currently available. But you'd be wrong: despite the 3 to 1 ratio of jobseekers to unfilled jobs, many firms can't find people with the requisite skills to fill the positions they have. As a new report points out, that's not just a problem for those firms-the mismatch is causing the entire economy to cover. Read More >

Culture & Inclusion: Building a Career at Deloitte

When it comes to choosing a firm to work for, culture consistently comes up as a major factor among the employees that we survey. In this post, Carlos Robles, an AERS Advisory Senior Consultant in Deloitte & Touche LLP's San Jose office, discusses how the firm's culture and inclusion policies have helped him to build a career there-and how that started during his internship with the firm in college. Read More >

What Makes a Great Internship Program?

With the launch of our 2015 internship rankings around the corner, I have been thinking about some of the factors that go into making a top program-both from the intern's perspective, and from the firm's side. After all: there has to be a reason that firms choose to commit time and resources to creating these programs, right? Read More >

Consultants are Super-Optimistic About the Future

It's a great year for the consulting industry-at least if the outlook of its employees is anything to go by. With the launch of the Vault Consulting rankings out of the way, I've been spending some time going through some of the data we collected from the 12,000 or so responses to our survey this year, and will be posting some of the more interesting insights here in the coming days and weeks. Read More >

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