We hit half-million: The Cidr Report
ahebert at pubnix.net
Fri May 2 10:47:46 UTC 2014
I was just a suit drone into one of their 100 little IT firm around
The nearest I got to an actual AA associate was during a 1 month
project in Chicago (:
Wasted my time really... They billed 3 months to their clients, for
a project that took 1 month, and I was asked to fill the cubicle for 2
month doing nothing.
Alain Hebert ahebert at pubnix.net
50 boul. St-Charles
P.O. Box 26770 Beaconsfield, Quebec H9W 6G7
Tel: 514-990-5911 http://www.pubnix.net Fax: 514-990-9443
On 05/01/14 18:43, Owen DeLong wrote:
> Care to comment on how you feel about the COI that developed between AA Consulting business at Enron and AA auditing Enron?
> Not asking you to disclose anything confidential, but if you have wisdom to impart about any sort of generic lessons learned, etc. that might be relevant to this discussion, I think that could be useful.
> On May 1, 2014, at 12:56 PM, Alain Hebert <ahebert at pubnix.net> wrote:
>> I worked for them (AA) in the early 90's =D
>> Alain Hebert ahebert at pubnix.net
>> PubNIX Inc.
>> 50 boul. St-Charles
>> P.O. Box 26770 Beaconsfield, Quebec H9W 6G7
>> Tel: 514-990-5911 http://www.pubnix.net Fax: 514-990-9443
>> On 05/01/14 14:07, John Souter wrote:
>>> On 01/05/14 17:41, Owen DeLong wrote:
>>>> The problem with this theory is that if auditors can be so easily put to the
>>>> street, you run into the risk of auditors altering behavior to increase customer
>>>> satisfaction in ways that prevent them from providing the controls that are the
>>>> reason auditors exist in the first place.
>>> I disagree. And the power balance is generally tilted way in favour of
>>> the auditors, as many people on this thread have already commented. In
>>> my experience, most companies are afraid/inhibited to raise issues or
>>> challenge their auditors in any way. Nobody is asking auditors to roll
>>> over, but if their behaviour is unprofessional/illogical, then a short
>>> sharp shock should do the trick.
>>>> If you don’t believe me, examine the history of Arthur Anderson and their
>>>> relationship with a certain Houston-based company which failed spectacularly.
>>> Can't really comment, but it was financial auditing, and ISTR that many
>>> things failed in that situation - not just financial auditing.
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