Going Concern readers – TPTB, in their never-ending quest for world domination, have requested that you share some information about yourselves and to give us some feedback on this here site.
I’ve been assured that your answers will only be used for the forces good and that it won’t take up too much of your time.
As a show of our undying appreciation, we are offering you the chance to win a $500 gift card which could come in handy with the holidays coming up and whatnot.
Kindly follow this link to take our survey. Your time and participation are appreciated.
Afternoon capital market servants. Your regularly scheduled inflammatory nonsense is being interrupted for the rest of the day due to some technical maintenance that I won’t even begin to try and get into. The site should be available during this time and we should be back to a full slate tomorrow but you know how these things go.
We’ll still be here sweating everything out so let us know if anything goes down and we’ll get to it just as soon as we get the all-clear.
In the meantime, Klynveldians can leave some feedback and Deloittians can dust off their résumés. And for the love of everything good and holy, would kill someone at E&Y to make something interesting happen?
What were you doing one year ago today? Chances are, you were hating life on a Monday. BUT! This also marks the first birthday of this here publication. Some people around these parts view the jump to WordPress that happened back in January as a rebirth of sorts but if you’re counting days, then this #365.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can jump back to the welcome letter from the editor where we assured you that this was going to be anything but your typical site for the debit and credit enthusiasts out there and we hope that we have delivered in at least some regard.
Whatever reason you visit Going Concern, we appreciate it. Yes, that’s a “thank you.” No really, THANKS! Our traffic is growing and that’s due to your loyalty to the site and sharing it with your friends and colleagues. Plus, thanks to all our advertisers who keep us chugging along, our Tweeps and friends. We really couldn’t do any of it without you (that includes noticing typos). Again, we’re being serious.
So going forward, what’s the mission? The goal? The end all to be all? World domination of course! But we need your help. We still need you to send us tips, story ideas, gossip and everything else in between because that’s what makes this fun. How do you do that? Well, you can email us at [email protected] or you can @ or DM us on Twitter, or send us a message on Facebook. We’ll even talk to you on the phone if you prefer but that would involve emailing us first.
So, again, on behalf of everyone involved with Going Concern, thanks for your support!
Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled dose of accounting and tax-related news, views and inflammatory nonsense again but TPTB wanted us to remind you to take two, fill out our little survey and give us some feedback on how we’re doing.
We’ve been assured that it’s painless and you have a chance to win a $100 AMEX Gift Card so what do you have to lose? Click on the link below to access the survey, answer a few questions and you’ll be back to your spreadsheets in no time.
Thanks for your participation!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled dose of accounting and tax-related news and chicanery to request some information about you, dear readers, and any input you may have for this here website.
Participants will have a chance to win a $100 AMEX Gift Card so it’s definitely worth your time. Click on the link below to access the survey, answer a few questions and you’ll be back to spreadsheets in no time.
Thanks for your participation!
Okay, so maybe this seems like a discussion you’re not prepared to have because you’re sleep-deprived, feeling tubby and borderline homicidal but hang in there!
Since we know you need a recharge we suggest you jump over to DB to learn about a little card game that’s going on in AC.
Your cubicle isn’t the only place it’s busy season. We’ve been working hard to make your GoingConcern experience as streamlined as an ez401K, an effort we revealed today with a move to the popular Wordpress platform from our old Movable Type framework, a few design changes, a brand new comment system, and — yes, we admit — even a bit of downtime!
We realize that change can be scary, but we encourage you to tell us what you think in our new, more flexible comment system, which will allow you to sign in with your Twitter, Facebook, or OpenID accounts and make your voice heard loud and clear across the internet. We encourage you to give it a go — and of course sign up to follow GoingConcern on Twitter, become one of our fans on Facebook, or sign up for our e-mail newsletter.
On top of that, the choir of voices harmonizing on GoingConcern will be growing. You’ll be getting more frequent posts from the likes of The JDA and Francine; plus, we’re teaming with the gang at CFOZone for more corporate finance insight and analysis.
We’ll also be looking to interview more of you, dear readers, to hear more about what’s on your mind. If you or someone you know will make a good subject, or if you just want to play editorial director and let us know what we should be covering, just drop us an email at [email protected].
Hot on the heels of our last post, a message from one elated reader:
I’m in Illinois and I just got my Audit score when I logged in this morning. (it was my final section and it was a pass so I’m done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Now get on that ethics exam! The results rolled out yesterday afternoon, so discuss your results in the comments. Pass, fail, whatever.
This will be our final request for you to participate in our completely harmless, yet immensely helpful, one question survey.
Thanks to everyone that has already taken the survey. If you haven’t taken the survey, are you aware that for ten seconds of your time, you can win a $50 AMEX gift card? Do the math, it’s worth it.
We suggested that we should hand out gift cards to everyone but we don’t call the shots around here.
Have a great Friday and thanks for participating!
…that there’s a little incentive? Our sincerest apologies. TPTB don’t tell us anything.
Participate in our harmless, one question survey and you’ll be eligible to win a $50 AMEX gift card. We don’t have a calculator handy but for the time spent, that seems like a decent risk/reward.
Thanks for your participation!
Turns out TPTB haven’t been able to parlay the information that you provided into world domination.
Please take this one question survey to assist them in their efforts. Your help is appreciated.
UPDATE: We left out the part where we’re giving away a $50 AMEX gift card.
Happy Halloween spreadsheet zombies! The scariest (not to mention tragic) thing we’ve heard today is that there plenty of you working today. Hopefully you’re in costume at least.
Tricks and treats aside, on this final day of October we thought we would impend some legal wisdom upon you from our sister site, Above the Law.
We realize that some of you may be hesitant to send us tips for fear of retribut That’s a legitimate worry but luckily, this issue was addressed specifically, just yesterday, by a post on ATL.
The post relates to a law firm, Wilmer Hale, that was warning its associates about leaking information about the firm:
Meanwhile, in other firm news, we got our hands on the WilmerHale warning memo that we mentioned earlier this month. Truth be told, it’s a little disappointing — not nearly as scary as we were led to believe…
…If you’re at a law firm thinking about swearing your employees to secrecy regarding their workplace conditions, proceed with caution. A reader advises us:
[I]t might be useful to note that, if the firm has put a blanket prohibition on associates discussing their working conditions, they’ve clearly violated federal law — namely, Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 USC 158(a)(1). See Cintas Corp. v. NLRB, 482 F.3d 463 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (“confidentiality” rule that could be viewed as banning discussion of working conditions violates §8(a)(1)); Stanford Hosp. & Clinics v. NLRB, 325 F.3d 334 (D.C. Cir. 2003) (same w/r/t rule that banned discussion of working conditions with non-employees); Brockton Hosp. v. NLRB, 294 F.3d 100 (D.C. Cir. 2002) (same w/r/t rule that banned discussions of working conditions with other employees).
If you go to the original post that is linked in the blockquote, you will see many comments from Wilmer Hale associates that are similar to some of the comments we see here:
Ifyou [sic] don’t know already, KPMG leadership has assigned an employee to monitor this website, so you might reconsider where you’re posting from.
I heard it from someone who heard it from someone that KPMG has people trolling this site to try to determine where the layoff leaks are coming from so they can can their asses too. OK so it’s double hearsay but I believe it, after all would we expect any less?
We’re positive that this Orwellian environment isn’t a concern just at KPMG. Right now people are simply scared of losing their jobs by sneezing in the wrong direction. But let’s not forget that it’s virtually impossible for your firm to monitor every communication that you send. As Lat and Elie attest:
If you think your firm even has the ability to monitor every communication that you send — including calls, texts and emails sent from your personal cellphone — then you’ve been reading too many John Grisham novels. As for your work computer, if your firm monitors everything you do on it — using a key capture program to every keystroke you type, then reviewing said keystrokes — your firm probably isn’t a very nice place to work (and needs more real work for its IT people, so they don’t have time for cyber-witch hunts).
What about compensation matters? Funny you should ask:
This is also true with respect to compensation matters — a subject of keen interest to ATL readers, especially around bonus time. From a second reader, a labor and employment lawyer (not at WilmerHale):
FYI: to the extent WilmerHale precludes the ability of associates to discuss compensation information, it may be a violation of Title VII and/or the Equal Pay Act (and possible state and local equivalents). The ability of an employee to discuss and learn about compensation issues, which allows a potential claimant to discover what others are earning and if their jobs and compensation are essentially similar so as to qualify for “equal pay” under the statute (or if illegal discrimination occurred), is an essential need…. It can also be viewed as illegal retaliation if a policy was implemented after the fact, e.g., after someone cooperated with an investigation.
So as you can see, the law is on your side. You have every right to discuss your professional lives and your employment without fear of retribution.
Thanks to everyone that has provided us with tips since we’ve gone live. We want to hear from more of you so don’t hesitate to send us any information that you think will be great to share with the rest of our readers.
We’ll run down all the ways that you can send us tips so you can contact us however you prefer:
• Our tips email: [email protected]
• Direct message on Twitter: @going_concern
• You can direct message my personal account on Twitter here.
• Send me a message on Facebook here.
• Join the GC group on Facebook and drop a line there.
If you still have doubts, check out the posts — in their entirety — at ATL.
Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!
Congratulations to WilmerHale on a Major Pro Bono Win
(Plus the WilmerHale warning, and thoughts on law firms trying to crack down on leaks.) [ATL]
WilmerHale Warns Associates Against Talking to ATL — But Has It Worked? [ATL]
Thanks again to everyone for humoring us and taking our survey. Some of the highlights:
• 76% of the respondents work in public accounting.
• 41% of the respondents work for a company with more than 100,000 employees.
• 44% of the respondents describe themselves as “auditors”, 22% describe themselves as “tax professionals”. Some of the “other” responses include: marketing, attorney, financial modeler, teacher, engineer, professor, and of course, unemployed.
• Nearly 84% of the respondents are CPAs, 14% have a JD (with a handful of LLMs), along with a few CIAs, CFEs, CMAs, and one CFA but no CVAs. “Other” responses include: CISA, CISSP, CGFM, FRM, CLU, and CPCU.
• 47% of the respondents answered they work in the “accounting industry”, 13% in “banking/finance”. 19% responded “other” including: publishing, oil & gas, construction, real estate, forensic and litigation consulting, federal consulting, entertainment, law, and education.
Some of the comments and suggestions we received:
• I think you should speculate more on rumors. Add some fuel to the flame. but don’t go overboard and scare everyone.
• More professionalism. the foolishness of some stories is great and well taken as a break from work, but i am interested in hearing more about the industry and the dirt accompanying layoffs.
• ATL writers know how to be witty without being juvenile. This site, not so much.
• Not as snarky/funny as, say, above the law, but accountants just aren’t (as) interesting (as almost anything that’s not an accountant).
• Stop being so negative. I know the Big 4 aren’t perfect but the constant bad mouthing is out of place on a website devoted to them.
• More focus on the big 4.
• Suggestions: It would be interesting to see posts about sexual harrassment stories and stories about times our firms have asked/encouraged us to do illegal things…
• Maybe there are too many articles?
• Please have more posts per day and more information “after the jump”
• Language formality will improve overall credibility.
• I heart Caleb and Pomeranians.
So based on some of these responses, we will try to do the following: post more, post less, avoid dick and fart jokes (or maybe just grow up), find out if ATL does workshops, and get a Pom. Got it.
Seriously, thank you for all your feedback and suggestions. We also need you to keep sending us ideas and tips. In fact, it’s imperative that you do so, in order for us to inform you about all rumors, gossip, and chicanery going out their in the bean counter universe.
Here’s where we make like your performance counselor and ask you to double your efforts, step it up, or whatever the hell it is they say to you. Let’s take it to next the level, people. Ugh, we just managed to creep ourselves out with that…
Regardless of how you feel about a certain editor’s grammar or questionable mental state you’ll be doing us a huge solid by taking our reader survey.
This isn’t like those big firm surveys where we’ll shamelessly exploit the good feedback and present the bad feedback as a terrible joke at the end of the presentation.
No, we’ll only use your personal information for the forces of good. Your ideas will help GC reach new heights of useful and occasionally funny information.
Plus, since you have a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift certificate, it’s totally worth a fraction of just one your chargeable hours today. We don’t know what the return is on that but it beats the hell out of an ice cream scoop.
Besides, it’s not like we have diabolical plans to brainwash you all to form some sort of bean counter army. What would be the point of that? Start our own firm?
Thanks for your participation.
We’re not going to pretend like there aren’t people working today. With a major deadline just four days away we’re sure some of you have had to watch your favorite gridiron match ups or playoff baseball courtesy of some piss-poor “real-time” updates. We’re sorry. That sucks
But hey, since you’re in the office, semi-concentrated on work, you might as well take a short survey that’s going to help us learn more about you and give you a chance to tell us what you like and dislike about GC.
And you’ll have a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift certificate so that could make working this weekend all worthwhile.
Okay, we apologize for that. Thanks for participating.
All right people, it’s gotten to the point where we need to know some things about you. TPTB kindly ask that you take a short, perfectly harmless survey.
Your participation is strongly encouraged because 1) you get to tell us how you really feel and B) we asked Chuck for a favor and he’s agreed to track down those of you that don’t play ball.
Personally, unless you’re Natalie Gulbis, we’re not interested but we don’t call the shots around here. Oh, and if you participate, you have a chance to win $100 AMEX gift certificate, which sure beats the hell out of a sharp stick in the eye.
We appreciate your participation.
Since there currently aren’t any pictures of Gulbis on the front page, you may have already noticed but for Those of you that come here for the articles, we’d like to announce that the Going Concern Career Center is now live for you job searching needs.
Just click on the Careers link at the top of the page and you’ll be on your way to living well again and hopefully you won’t have to resort to doing the opposite.
Hey, it’s Caleb. I’m going to take a few minutes of your otherwise 100% chargeable day to let you know that there are several ways that you can send us tips:
• Email: [email protected]
• Twitter: @going_concern – Send us a direct message
• Facebook: Join our group or friend me and send me a message.
• AIM: ID is CommandoL1
We also want you to know that we will always keep your tip in confidence and that all sources are unidentified when cited in posts.
We appreciate all of you reading and all the tips that you have provided so far. Keep them coming!
Thanks. Now do something billable.