Auditor Quits Job With Epic Email

Photo by: YouTubeThe Hollywood trope for epically quitting a job is hard to beat. From Bridget Jones telling her boss, "Frankly, I'd rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein's a--," to Andy in "The Devil Wears Prada" throwing her cell phone in the Place de la Concorde fountain, these carefully constructed scenes would be hard to replicate in real life. But a young woman from Texas proved that it's not entirely impossible. Glory — a name she coined to keep her anonymity — resigned from her position as an associate auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) by sending out an eyebrow-raising email to her colleagues, complete with hashtags, describing her hatred of auditing and her "#chattycathy" co-workers, as well as the 10 reasons why Beyoncé is the queen of the world.

The over-the-top email which talked about "fake" colleagues who "stink" and who are "so in love with their animals" made its way to various blogs and Glory found herself on YouTube, explaining her actions to thousands.

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In two separate videos, Glory admits that after joining PwC in September, she "had been planning to quit since I started." And while her bluntness may lead some to think this drama is a hoax, Glory's email appears to be 100 percent real.

In response to questions submitted by a blogger, Glory doesn't hold back. A few highlights from the interview:

How are you handling the exposure to Internet infamy? "85 percent of the comments are racist," she says, explaining that for every person who has been motivated to follow in her footsteps, there have been five times more haters, which really shocked her. She added that some people accused her of being a "diversity hire," but she responded by saying Caucasian people are crazy, too. 

Why would you become an accountant after you didn't like your previous two internships in the field?
Because of family and cultural pressure from her Kenyan mother and Nigerian father, Glory says. Her parents wanted her to pursue a professional career like going to law school or becoming a nurse, she said, "things that Nigerians really promote." She ended up taking the position at PwC to make her father happy, but it clearly didn't work out. "I've quickly learned throughout all of my experiences that at the end of the day, it's me. So now I'm living for myself and I'm doing things that I love to do and accounting isn't one of them."

Your mindset when you wrote the email?
"I wasn't mad or sad," Glory says. After missing a flight to a conference, she decided she was comfortable staying in bed and sent out the email instead. "When I pressed the send button I felt a sense of liberation. I was just living my truth at that moment. I pressed send and I felt so free. Do I have any regrets? No I don't have any regrets."

Your response to people saying that the email is immature and unprofessional?
"I truly wouldn't argue that. …I was just wanting to be uncut, raw, myself, unedited, I didn't really care about professionalism, or whatever. ...When you die, 'professional' isn't written on your tombstone." 

What about future employers? "I've been keeping track of my Google search results. …At this point in my life I just can't be bothered by that." Glory claims that "this email does not define me, the email does not define my work ethic, it does not define my competency." Clearly.

Responses to Glory's quitting strategy have been mixed. Uriah Muhammad, who commented on NoirCPA, an accounting site for the black community that exclusively interviewed Glory for the Youtube videos, says, "I've been in external/internal accounting field for over 5 years now and each year there is a crazy email or two. I always wonder WHO wrote or if it was authentic or not. This is an awesome behind the scenes." And Gennatay, a commenter, commiserates with Glory: "I felt like writing one of these emails when I left an employer, so glad I didn't. But I 1000% know wheres she's coming from." Awesomerobot, on the other hand, says, "Sounds like she wanted attention more than she wanted to quit her job. The email almost entirely consists of superficial personal attacks. Really petty stuff."

Glory may not be pursuing another job in the auditing sector, but if history is any indication she may have a job offer already on the way. Last month, Marina Shiffrin, the woman who posted a YouTube video of an interpretive 'I Quit' dance set to Kanye West's "Gone" that subsequently went viral, received a job offer from "The Queen Latifah Show" just five days after resigning. Internet notoriety definitely has its perks. Zach Hodskins, a one-handed basketball player extraordinaire, was recruited to the University of Florida team after staffers saw a video of him showing off his dribbling and shooting skills. 

Here is Glory's entire email (names redacted, along with profanity, genitalia, and explicit remarks). You can see the unedited version on GoingConcern, where it was originally posted earlier this month.

Date: 11/06/2013 10:44 AM
Subject: Farewell and QUEEN BEY ALL DAY!

Hello XXXXXX Team,

After careful consideration, I will be ending my employment with PwC effective Monday, November 11th.

I've done two audit internships, one at Deloitte and one at PwC. I hated it then but I thought I'd give it a third try. Third time's a charm right? GTFOH(If you don't know what it means Google it!) Basically, my time here as an associate has confirmed everything I already knew ten times over. Auditing is a job for people who truly don't have any other options and don't know what else they could be doing. You work day in and day out pulling useless documentation and filling out useless workpapers that won't really benefit anybody. All of it is BS! After asking dozens upon dozens of auditors what they think of their jobs and getting responses that include "I love my job!" or "I wouldn't trade it for the world," I realized just how fake auditors can be.

I strongly believe that auditors hate their lives and try to rationalize every piece of it. "Oh it's just busy season" or "If everybody did the jobs they loved to do then there would be nobody doing the jobs that need to be done." Measley excuses to justify pursuing a useless, meaningless career....

Here are some tips and pointers I thought I'd share for all of you to use through out life, you'll need it. I also throw some tips in there that you can take back to the next XXXXXX Team Meeting or just any meeting where real people's suggestions can be heard. Maybe a board meeting of some sort with some really important partners, because they're so important right? (side eye)

I figure I would use the assistance of Twitter hashtags....y'all like those right?

Auditing is for the birds, get a real career that has meaning #dontbeFAKEaboutitbeABOUTit

Those coach and partner "relationships" or "meetings"....whatever you want to call them....Just stop. #thatishissoawkward #icantdeal #soforced #fakeconvosforfakeauditors #noidontwanttogazeintoyoureyesatatablefortwo #waytoointimateformytaste

Let's keep it real, partners are treated as if they're royalty. The reality is, THEY'RE NOT! They are average Joe's like you and I, only their pockets are a little bigger. So, there is no need to wait at the partner's feet acting like you'll do any and everything to please them. For what? No need to come in early just to greet the partner on the job. No need to act like you're such an overachiever by doing all of these unnecessary things. If you're an overachiever, be a real one..not a phony. No need to wait until the partner leaves during busy season only to leave 20 minutes later. Your time is just as valuable, are the partners God? I don't think so...#don'tbeasellout #thepartnerisgoinghometoeathisorherwarmsupper #whileyouarefakeauditng #weallknownooneisproductiveafterabout7pm #gohomeandcuddleupwithyourkids #ohandspousestoo #isntthatwhatthepartnersaredoing? #ohwellsIdigress

Trying to get all in people's business...STOP! Everybody isn't an open book and I'm not the type to give you my life story within five minutes as a lot of you in public accounting do. #mindyourbusiness #keepthosenoseyquestionstoyourself #noneofyourbeeswax

XXXXXX, you're fake important and you stink. I've peeped your game...constantly trying to throw me under the bus. You talk too much about everyone and how much you're so stressed out on all of your clients ...everyday we suffer from hearing this ish as well as listening to your countless stories about your girlfriend. You're such a gossiper that sometimes I think you're more feminine then you appear. Who does that? You're a grown man, get your life! #somethingtotakebacktomizzy #f*outtahere #yourlifesucksandyouclearlyknowit #somethingtotakebacktotheteam? #chattycathy #femininemuch? #someoneneedstheirv--waxed #ohwaityoudonthaveone

P.s. XXXXXX, I can give two s---s about your animals, maids, brother, etc. Is your life really that boring? Never seen people so in love with animals in life. #ewwnotcomingovertoyourplace #probsmellslikefecesandthrowup #couchesprobtornup #ohletmeguesstheysleepinyourbed #absolutelydisgusting | Get some friends to tell your business to. #ohwaitdrakesaidnonewfriends #maybeyouneedjesusinstead #yourvisionofyourselfisskewed #takeyourselfdownacoupleofnotches #youhavenotarrivedimsorry #crownforthequeenbey #ohandbythewaycelinedioncannottouchbey #beyhiveb-----s

XXXXXX, I saw you yesterday giving me the side eye. I think those eyeballs need some readjusting. Girl, stop! Don't play into XXXXXX's episodes. Just because both of you feel the need to give your whole life story doesn't mean other people will feel that way. Have your own opinions and ideas. #I'msorrybutnotsorry #dontbeafollower #thoseeyeballswerestaringtoohardforcomfort #goodluckonyourmiserablecr*pofacareeratpwc #saygoodbyetoyoursociallife #butifyoudecidetoleaveyoucantwerkoutwiththerestofus #twerkmileymileytwerk

XXXXXX, where do I start? You hate yourself and your job, let's be honest. Your cat doesn't care about you so stop caring about it. Stories about your nasty cat are unbearable. Seriously, I can't even deal. Beyond gross! You're fake ratchet! I hear you giving weird remarks that are borderline weird....I can definitely hear the twang in your voice. Just be you! Most of all, these are the top 10 reasons Baddie Bey(Beyonce) will kill Britney Spears (she's a has been) any day.
  • Beyonce can sing and dance live without lip singing and do it well. She doesn't need autotune or a background track to make her the Queen. All she needs is a mic, some heels, and her fabulous Brazilian and Malaysian wig to swing around. Can't say the same for Britt. Sorry girl!

  • Beyonce has much more class.

  • Beyonce's music transcends culture. Britt....uh....well, that stopped a few world tours ago.

  • Beyonce has continued to get better and better over time. Her vocals are stronger than ever. Not to mention, after popping out Baby Blue she was back at it. She didn't get all washed up and boring like Britt did.

  • Beyonce is on some presidential ish. Didn't you watch President Obama and First Lady Michelle's first dance? Or the inauguration performance? Haven't you kept up with the Let's Move campaign (Bey and First Lady Michelle's initiative to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity? ) Well, Bey has been on! Britt has stayed in the shadows. #sorrybutnotsorry #getyourlife

  • Beyonce killed the Superbowl half time show solo dolo. Britt and NSYNC did that back in the 90s...but that was the 90s...and she wasn't solo dolo...so Bey wins!

  • Beyonce can dance her butt off. She has rythym. Britt used to be able to ...but she is stiff now. I'm sorry..

  • Beyonce has stage presence. I don't think you know what that is but you can Google it. It's basically something Britt doesn't have.

  • Beyonce is the QUEEN. She is the best performer alive. Bottom line, no gimmicks!

  • Beyonce wins and now that I'm out of here, I win too!!! #doingtheharlemshakeasitype