Originally Posted by Tjmj90
I have but for less then a year so far, so my info probably isn't that great.
I work in Tax and the work life balance seems pretty solid, there are 2 busy seasons one starting in august and another one 6 months from then. 60 hours a week isn't unheard of in busy season but outside of busy season schedules are really flexible, as long as you plan ahead you can get time to travel or whatever fairly easily.
Audit seems to be busy all the time, I say on average they probably work 10 to 15 more hours a week then tax over the course of the year.
Advisory seems to be the best for consistent schedules all year round, no true busy season
I'm in audit at a big 4. From May to September we only have to book 35 hours per week. You end up working more if you have a large client with a June year end or public quarterlies. Basically everything depends on who your clients are. I had a couple clients who would throw us out of their offices at 5:00 every day in busy season.
Financial services clients will have long hours all year. Other industries will have different hours. It all depends on which area you practice in.