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Why Attractive People Make Bad Bosses

Okay, so that headline might be a little over the top, but it's definitely implied in the findings of a recent series of research papers by Stanford Graduate Business School professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi. The pair's research examined how individual mindsets can be affected by perceptions of their own attractiveness. Read More >

Does this Study Prove that Law Firm Partners are Racist?

So it turns out that partners at law firms are racist, and they don't even know it. The legal industry, particularly, BigLaw, has long struggled with diversity. While improvements have been made in the hiring of diverse associates, many law firms still fail to retain and promote minority and female associates. Read More >

Is the Male-Female Earnings Gap Here to Stay?

It's no secret that men, as a group, earn more than women, with the pay gap currently standing at around 16 cents-that is, for every dollar earned by an average man, the average woman makes just 84 cents. While the reasons for that gap are varied, a recent report from the Pew Research Group highlights one of the major causes.   The past 30 years have seen significant improvements in closing the earnings gap between men and women. Read More >

PwC Ranks No. 1 in Vault’s Latest Accounting Rankings

Today we celebrate Tax Day with the release of the latest Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting employers to work for in North America. Recently, we asked more than 10,000 accountants to rate their peer firms in terms of prestige; we also asked them to rate their own firms in numerous workplace categories, including culture, work/life balance, hours, compensation, training, overall satisfaction, and business outlook. Read More >

Attorney and Author Eve Wright Discusses the Path to Personal Fulfillment

Many attorneys and other professionals may seek out careers they believe will be economically and personally gratifying only to later find themselves stuck in a rut, or worse, completely unhappy with their jobs. Finding job satisfaction and personal fulfillment is possible, but often, busy professionals need a push in the right direction. Read More >

‘Flash Boys’ Author Michael Lewis: IT Geeks Shall Inherit the Street

For a long time, Wall Street knew this day was coming. And now, Michael Lewis and Main Street know it, too. In the very near future, no longer will the sharpest blue-blooded, type A, squash-playing, financially-driven Ivy League graduate with excellent complexion rule the trading desks of Wall Street's largest and most-storied institutions. Instead, it will be the most creative and innovative IT guy (or gal) who'll be calling all the shots. Read More >

The Case Against Paternity Leave

Ever thought that dads these days just have it too easy with all that time off they get when their kids are born? That childbirth and rearing is the realm of the mother? That, when it comes down to it, there's just not that much for a dad to do in the days and months following the birth of a child?  Good news: you're not alone.  The bad news: with company that talks as much as NY-based sports radio personality Mike Francesa, you might wish you were. Read More >

Are Employees With Autism Better Employees?

In the trailer for the new HBO series "Silicon Valley," which premiers Sunday April 6th, one of the superstar programmers at the center of the show is mumbling his way through a description of his tech venture when he's mistakenly called out as someone with Asperger's. Although the scene plays for laughs, it perhaps underscores the very unfunny fact that today more than 3 million Americans suffer from some form of autism. Read More >

Is Your Law School Ranked Highest for Soul Crushing Debt?

It's no secret that here at Vault, we love a good law ranking, and we hope that our rankings help job hunters find the best firm for them by emphasizing positive traits. Taking a different approach, U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of schools that prospective law students may want to avoid, a list of law school graduates with the most paralyzing debt. Read More >

Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Aid Your Career?

The New Republic is out this week with a lengthy look at Silicon Valley's obsession with youth, and the effect it has on hiring and VC funding in the industry. While the whole thing is worth reading, the standout section from a career perspective comes early, with the revelation that plastic surgery and Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, as ageing tech workers seek to keep up the appearance of youth. Read More >

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