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Google Poaches Wall Street's Most Powerful Woman: 3 Takeaways

Yesterday, it was announced that Google had hired Ruth Porat away from Morgan Stanley to be the tech firm's new CFO. Porat had held the chief financial officer position for the venerable Morgan Stanley for the past five years and was widely considered to be the most powerful woman on Wall Street. The move, which came two weeks after Patrick Pichette announced he was leaving his Google CFO post, was seen as a big gain for Google and a big loss for Morgan Stanley. Read More >

Big 4 vs. Regional Accounting Firms: Is the Gap Closing?

In just under a month, Vault will release its annual Accounting Rankings. This year, the rankings are based on a survey of nearly 9,000 accountants, and include an overall 50 best to work for ranking, an overall prestige ranking, several quality of life rankings, and a handful of diversity rankings. Last year, in the overall prestige categories, PwC, EY, Deloitte, and KPMG (the so-called Big 4) ranked No. 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. Read More >

The C-Suite Spot: American Apparel’s New CEO Not Shying Away from Sex Appeal

Welcome to The C-Suite Spot, a new try-weekly column-that is, I will try to post a column each week, but the frequency of posts could be more like every other week or once every three weeks. In any case, it will highlight notable moves and news in top management at top companies around the world. American Apparel's new boss is still selling sex, just not an obscene amount of sex.American Apparel's first female CEO, Paula Schneider, has a tough act to follow. Read More >

Which Ivy League School Has the Best Instagram Account?

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Where the Jobs Are in New York (Hint: Everywhere but Wall Street)

New York is in the middle of an employment boom. Since the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, the city has added close to half a million jobs. And nearly every sector has been adding jobs but one: Wall Street. Once the core of the Big Apple, Wall Street has soured as a career destination among the young and old alike. The events of the crisis tarnished its reputation among jobseekers-perhaps for a generation or two (or longer). Read More >

The Best Summer Job I Ever Had Was the Winter I Spent in the Italian Alps

In the past week, the New York Times published two articles on international internships. One about the rise of unpaid internships overseas that can cost students several thousand dollars and that seem to be very attractive to students who can afford them. And a second about a young woman who took an internship in La Paz and who writes, "Opportunities can turn into opportunities for disaster when students blindly leap into situations in foreign countries. Read More >

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 >

Can Companies Save Money By Paying Their Employees More Money?

Have you ever wondered why Trader Joe's employees are always so cheerful and helpful? If so, here's New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki with the answer: A substantial body of research suggests that it can make sense to pay above-market wages-economists call them "efficiency wages." If you pay people better, they are more likely to stay, which saves money. Read More >

Take the PLAT (Parental Leave Aptitude Test)

Last week, in his latest State of the Union Address, President Obama noted that the U.S. is just one of a few industrial nations in the world without laws mandating paid parental leave for employees. This had me wondering: Which are the other two countries that don't mandate paid leave to parents? Which countries offer the most paid leave? And which companies here in the U.S. Read More >

49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

Since December, Vault has been asking accounting professionals across the U.S. to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. So far, we've surveyed about 6,000 accounting professionals, and one of the questions we've been asking has to do with interviews. Specifically, we've been asking accountants to tell us the questions that they were asked during interviews with their firms. And, to that end, below you'll find 49 common interview questions that top accounting firms ask. Read More >

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