Are Big 4 employees nothing more than a modernized form of indentured servants?
I think so.
Over the past month, I've had the pleasure of sitting on a floor full of accounting employees and consultants. Some of them internal, but most are from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. For some reason, my employer hires all of them. In massive quantities. They literally have 15-30 of them stuffed in what used to be conference rooms.
Here's what I've witnessed thus far:
1) 90% of them are chicks under 24.
2) 60% of them are hot.
The two items above help paint the picture but are not purposeful to my argument.
3) 100% of them eat lunch together, in the office. While working.
4) 0.2% of them are the lucky souls that got to leave the office to go pick up lunch for their 30-50 coworkers. This practice allows the Big 4 employers to fully utilize their staff. They would prefer that no one ever leave the office, but for brief moments, they will allow select employees to exit the building. Upon release, these employees must only leave to quickly pickup food and return promptly.