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Is it typical for an auditor accountant to work 18 hrs per day?

A friend of a friend is working as an auditor in an accounting department for a large company. He very often works from 8:00am to midnight and is not an hourly employee but a salaried one, therefore he receives no overtime at all. These hours sometimes last for over a week. Is this typical for such a position? Also, he is not from this country and is here, and employed on a work visa. My concern is that the company is taking advantage of him and others in his same position. Or are these typical hours for an auditor accountant?

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2 Responses to “Is it typical for an auditor accountant to work 18 hrs per day?”

  1. [email protected] said :

    That is unusual and not typical except for short time periods in public accounting firms. He may be trying to make himself look good for future promotions etc. But normally, internal auditors would not work much more than say 45 to 50 hours a week in most companies. If he is brand new to the job and the rest of the staff puts in these hours, it is a competitive promotion goal game.

  2. Smiling said :

    As the other guy said, an internal auditor will work less hours than that. I would say closer to 50-55 per week,
    If he is an external auditor working for a consulting firm, it would not be uncommon to work 70-80 hours per week.

    Also, just because he isn’t earning overtime, does not mean that he is not being paid for his time. It very likely that he is on a bonus plan that pays him for his extra time.


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