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On Wall Street You Might Get Vacation, But You Can’t Take It

Investment banking analysts and associates notoriously work very long hours. It's not uncommon for a corporate finance analyst at a prestigious bank in New York to regularly work more than 90 hours each week, or for an M&A or restructuring associate to put in more than 80 hours week after week. Read More >

How To Have Summer Fridays If You Don't Have Summer Fridays

Many moons ago, when I worked as an associate for a small investment bank in New York, there was one particular managing director who commonly scheduled Friday morning meetings during the summer in Connecticut, not far from where he lived. I was often involved in these meetings, which meant I had to wake up rather early in my East Village apartment on those summer Friday mornings to get to Grand Central Station and take a Metro North train heading north, to Connecticut. Read More >

Where's the Love for Working Fathers?

Often forgotten in the conversation about the difficulty of raising children while cultivating a career is the other half of the equation: working fathers.  Of course, historically, since working fathers have been the primary breadwinners of American families and mothers the primary caregivers, there hasn't been much sympathy for fathers when it comes to helping them achieve a better balance between their work and home lives. Read More >

Why Does the U.S. Hate Vacation Time?

Thinking about going to Europe for your next vacation? You may want to consider moving there instead. Permanently. Might we suggest Austria? The Center for Economic and Policy Research recently published a new report titled "No-Vacation Nation Revisited," a follow-up to its first report on the subject of vacation time in the U.S. as compared to other developed nations published in 2007. The findings? The U.S. Read More >

How Citi Bike Could Change Your Life at Work

There is a lot to dislike about Citi Bike, New York City's new bike-sharing system. First of all, there are five Citi logos plastered onto each Citi Bike. This means, once all 10,000 Citi Bikes are in circulation, there will be 50,000 new Citi logos clogging the streets of New York. Citi, which paid $41 million to fund the program, could very easily have put just one of its logos on each bike. Read More >

Is the Future of Professional Education Here?

It's felt for a while like we're on the verge of a major step forward in how education is designed and delivered to students-and it seems like the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) may well be the future we've been waiting for. Read More >

Vault's Working Parent Survey: Do Women Even Want It All?

Can women have it all? Do women want it all? What do women have to sacrifice to have it all? If women could do it all over again, would they stay at home after having children? Stay at their jobs? Work less? More? Are working mothers happy with their employers? Ticked off at them? If so, why? And what can and should employers do differently to accommodate working mothers? Read More >

For Love or Money?

It's the eternal question. Should I do what I love, money be darned, or should I go for the big bucks, idealism be darned? Just how much should money factor into your career decision? It's a big question, one that you can't be expected to have a ready answer for right out of school. And it's an ever-evolving question, the answer to which will likely change throughout different stages of your life. Read More >

PwC Ranks No. 1 in Latest Vault Accounting 50

From December 2012 through February 2013, more than 7,900 accounting professionals took the Vault Accounting Survey, the results of which are used to compile our annual accounting rankings. And this year, New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers was the big winner, as it ranked No. 1 in the top two categories: the Vault Accounting 50 (a ranking of the firms deemed the "best to work for") and Prestige (the most prestigious firms to work for). Read More >

At Big 4, Men More Satisfied Than Women

This coming Monday, on Tax Day-which is either your least favorite day of the year or your favorite, depending upon how many deductions you take, how many dependents you have, and which tax bracket you fall into-Vault will be releasing its annual ranking of the top accounting firms in North America. Read More >

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