‘Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship KPMG, on it’s continuing mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new clients and areas of business. To boldly audit where no man has audited before.’ Noticed many people at KMPG with pointy ears recently? Well imagine the amusement at TS Towers this week, when it was discovered the firm has resorted to outer space for recruiting staff. The sliding doors at the Big Five firm opened to reveal an employee by the name of Luc Picard who, for the uninitiated, skippered the starship Enterprise for Star Trek: The Next Generation. OK, so he’s not captaining the firm yet – he’s a manager in the US corporate tax division – but surely it is only a matter of time before he’s beamed upstairs to the bridge at Salisbury Square. TS wonders if he will embrace or fear the strange client beings he encounters. With Picard on the scene, perhaps the notorious androids at Arthur Andersen had better watch out. Andersens enhanced its own spaced-out image this week with the discovery of its Zen Zone. Apparently the beanbags and fish tanks that replace conventional earthling desks and chairs allow employees to ‘reconfigure’ their surroundings to meet project requirements. And if you thought it was time the Big Five were brought back down to earth, then it seems Andersens already has that covered too. Next door to the Zen Zone is the Touch-Down Bar.
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