To students of Big Five accounting firm culture, Andersen (until Enron came along) was widely accepted as the crème de la crème, with the most mythic cult status in the business world. In a word, Andersen was cool. Its partners commanded top fees, its name was synonymous with respect and cutting-edge knowledge. And when you worked there, you did everything "the Andersen way."

Now that the so-called Final Four are carving up the Andersen employee and client pie, it’s interesting to speculate about how Andersen folk will fit in at their competitors’ shops, and how clients will feel about moving their money to a non-Andersen culture.

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