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Inside Arthur Andersen: Shifting Values, Unexpected Consequences by William R. Yeack, Lorna McDougall, Cynthia J. Smith, Susan E. Squires

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Chapter 8. Unraveling

Working for Arthur Andersen was not for everyone. It could be a tough culture. It was much too hierarchical and “top down” for the more free-spirited. Many people left after less than two years, believing the rewards did not warrant the demands that were made on them. Others learned to play by the rules, and some even thrived. To remain in the firm, staff members were expected to work hard, respect the authority of rank, and maintain a high level of conformity. In return, they were rewarded with support, promotion, and the possibility of making partner. Those individuals who made a career with the firm grew old together, professionally as well as personally, and most had never worked anywhere else. To these survivors, Andersen ...

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