August 19, 2022

E&Y

Here’s the Deck EY Put Together to Sell the Audit/Consulting Split to Staff

Australian Financial Review has published slides shown to EY staff in a July global webcast led by Carmine Di Sibio and in them we learn more about EY’s plan — code-named Project Everest — to split off consulting and audit. First up, the why. “The transformative forces reshaping professional services are evolving at unprecedented speed and […]

Compensation Watch ’22: Is EY Forgiven For Not Handing Out Mid-Year Raises?

First it was Deloitte, then PwC, and most recently EY that waded into the Big 4 compensation discussion waters with its employees. We’ve written quite a bit over the past several months about EY being the only Big 4 firm that didn’t give its grunts a mid-year salary adjustment. But Uncle Ernie did make one […]

Let’s Take a Quick Tour of EY’s Metaverse Space (It Doesn’t Suck)

When the first glimpses of KPMG’s metaverse space appeared earlier this summer, my first thought was how much it looked like first-person shooters I played 20 years ago. I was also struck with a sense of deja vu, it looked oddly similar to the Maryland Association of CPAs’ CPA Island in Second Life which existed […]

This EY Canada Recruitment Video Said ‘Belong’ So Many Times the Word Lost Its Meaning

You ever repeated a word so many times in a row the word becomes alien? Belong. Belong. Belong. Belong. Belong. Belong. Belo…..

EY Is Leaving $10 Billion in Consulting Fees On the Table If It Doesn’t Split, Says Global Chairman Carmine Di Sibio

In comments to Financial Times, EY Global Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio says splitting consulting and audit “would win its consulting division up to $10bn in extra fees by liberating it from conflicts of interest that block partnerships with the world’s largest tech groups.” Those consulting fees are as yet out of EY’s reach […]

EYers Are Waking Up to Overdrafts This Morning Due to a Serious Payroll Snafu (UPDATED)

We’re learning this morning that folks at EY will not be getting lunchtime DoorDash today, their paychecks from last Friday have been unceremoniously yeeted from their bank accounts. Per a tipster: There’s a payroll snafu of some sort at EY and seems just about everyone had their payroll reversed. Mass panic and overdrafts. And a […]

EY Continues Streak As Big 4’s Busiest Audit Firm

EY has had a few firsts in recent years: first Big 4 firm with unlimited PTO, first audit firm to get a $100 million fine from the SEC, first Big 4 firm to compare men and women with waffles and pancakes, and first place among the Big 4 in public company audit clients for the […]

Promotion Watch ’22: EY Admits 1,033 New Partners Across the Globe

Move over, EY new partner class of 2021. There’s a much larger class of brand-new rainmakers at the firm this year: The EY organization announces that 1,033 people have been promoted to partner across the globe, the largest ever cohort of new partners. Women and the Assurance service line represent 32% and 33% of this […]

Let’s Bid EY U.S. Chair Kelly Grier a Fond Going Concern Farewell

Today is Kelly Grier’s last day building a better working world. So in honor of her retirement, we wanted to take a look back at KG’s career at EY, especially the last four years as the firm’s U.S. chair and managing partner and Americas managing partner, and all the fun Kelly Grier moments (fun for […]

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This 5 Year Old Fishbowl Thread About EY WBLs Aged Badly

“In real life you’re allowed to use other teams work papers, google, etc. there’s no difference” Digging around a bit for shits and gigs I found this, which was posted on Fishbowl five years ago: I know you’re just dying to hear what the Kool-Aid chugger EY6 said. Here you go: LOL. Full discussion on […]

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How Exactly Did EY Auditors Cheat on CPE Exams? Details From the SEC Order

With the EY cheating scandal making headlines even outside of our precious little accountosphere we decided to take a look at the full SEC order to answer the question — how and why were EY auditors cheating on CPE exams? This post will be long so we’ll get deeper into the CPA ethics portion of […]

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EY New Hires Are Gonna Have a Tough Time Getting Straight Answers From Reddit For the Time Being

In case you’ve been in a 24 hour coma and missed the news, we heard yesterday of an EY cheating scandal that led to the SEC slapping them with a $100 million penalty, the largest ever imposed by the SEC on an audit firm. Well Reddit certainly didn’t miss the story. Good luck to any […]

EY Auditors Cheated on Ethics Exams and Tried to Cover It Up, Will Pay a Record Fine for Naughtiness

Well this is bad. The SEC has fined EY a record $100 million after an investigation revealed auditors at EY were cheating on ethics exams (open book ethics exams we presume) and CPE; worse than cheating alone, they actively tried to cover it up and hide the cheating from the SEC. From the SEC news […]

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Former EY Partner Calls Newly-Released Tax Salary Data “Disturbingly Low”

Australian Financial Review said this morning they are in possession of tax salary data that EY is providing to some of its teams internally: Staff in EY’s tax division have learnt for the first time the salary ranges paid for graduates, consultants, managers and directors as part of a pay transparency drive at the big […]

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KPMG CEO Pats His Firm on the Back For Being So Behind the Times, Roasts EY While He Does It

Sky News has obtained part of an internal memo KPMG Global Chairman and CEO Bill Thomas sent to firm partners earlier this month in which Mr. Thomas turns his nose up at EY’s plan to split consulting and audit practices. Some choice quotes from the memo: We are a partnership that has been strong and […]

EY Throws a Fit When Your Job Circumstances Change

I got an offer in a corporate role and turned in my two week notice at EY. Everything was fine: HR treated me well and wished me luck in the next chapter of my career. However, on my LAST DAY at EY, the new company rescinded their offer for reasons that I won’t get into […]

Partners Stand to Make Millions (Maybe) If EY Breaks Up

The big hurdle in EY’s plan to split audit and consulting lies in whether or not its partners want to take the risk per earlier Wall Street Journal coverage in which people familiar with the matter told WSJ its roughly 12,000 partners will need to vote to approve the spinoff. Well according to this it […]

EY Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is on Audit Quality With a Technology Investment

EY announced today it is making a $1 billion investment in audit technology just weeks after WSJ reported that the firm is in the process of splitting its audit and consulting arms. $13.6 billion of EY’s $40 billion global revenue last year came from audit. From EY: EY today announces an investment of more than […]

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You Know Things Are Bad at EY When Its US and Global CEOs Are Beefing

We now know the reason, courtesy of the Financial Times, why Kelly Grier decided not to seek a second term as EY US chair and managing partner and Americas managing partner. Apparently there’s no love lost between her and Carmine Di Sibio, EY global chairman and CEO. FT reported today: The head of EY’s US […]

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Young People Want to Return to the Office Says Old Guy Who’s Never Spoken to a Young Person

EY Global Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio is out here making some wild claims, namely that EY’s 20-somethings are eager to get back to the office. From CNBC: In the tug of war between returning to the office and working from home, Ernst & Young (EY) CEO and Global Chairman Carmine Di Sibio falls […]

RIP Norah Bruther, EY Senior Associate Who Was Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

Funeral services were held this past weekend for 23-year-old Norah Bruther, an EY assurance senior associate from New Jersey who was struck and killed by a vehicle on May 7 while on vacation in Arizona. NJ.com reported: Norah Bruther was hit by a car around 1:30 a.m. Saturday while trying to cross Camelback Road near […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: EY #52 (2022)

Coming in at No. 52 on the 2022 Fortune BCTWF is the ol’ Black and Yellow. EY has made quite a few head-scratching, unpopular decisions over the last couple of years, but here they are on the BCTWF for the 24th time in the ranking’s 25-year history. While doors will open for someone with experience […]

Former EY Consultant Won LinkedIn Today

Remember last week when EY tried to convince all of us that employees prefer empathetic leadership over raises and promotions? LOL, good one EY. Anyway, Brandon Hall, founder and managing partner of Hall CPA in Raleigh, NC, who was a senior consultant with EY earlier in his career, knew the empathy-over-raises social media post from […]

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The Thing Workers Want Most Is Not Better Pay But Empathetic Employers Says Employer Unwilling to Pay You More

Yesterday I came across this screenshot while combing Reddit one hour after my weekly newsletter column was due as I often do on Tuesday afternoons when I’m procrastinating. At first I thought there’s no way this is real. I mean, it’s on the internet so obviously it’s real but … really? Oh, it’s real y’all. […]

This Might Be the Reason Why EY Employees Did Not Get a Mid-Year Salary Adjustment

Let’s wildly speculate as to why EY was the only Big 4 firm not to give their employees some sort of mid-year raise. You might recall that EY leadership told their people the reason why they didn’t give out salary adjustments is because the firm is already the market leader in salaries among the Big […]

In Honor of International Women’s Day, Let’s Recall Some Important Rules For Women In the Workplace

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! Yes, even you men. Actually, especially men. We’re counting on you all to lead the way and set a good example for those among you who may not have gotten the memo that women contribute so much more to society than clean dishes. Even something small like recognizing the achievements […]

Here Is What PwC Russia and EY Russia Said About Being Ousted From Their Big 4 Firm’s Global Network

The dust hadn’t even settled before PwC Russia and EY Russia released statements on their respective websites about being told they were no longer part of the global networks of PwC and EY due to Russia’s war with Ukraine. The statements from PwC Russia and EY Russia are pretty much what you’d expect—acknowledging they were […]

EY Joins Big 4 Exodus From Russia

In the span of 24 hours or so, we’ve gone from the Big 4 practically saying nothing about separating themselves from their member firms in Russia over the country’s attack on neighboring Ukraine to three of the four—PwC, KPMG, and now EY—saying their affiliates in Russia would be leaving their global networks. EY released the […]

One Big 4 Firm Wishes All the Ladies a Happy National Pancake Day

Today is National Pancake Day, and in order to build a better working world, EY (probably) thinks that it should include this recipe for “Brain Booster Pancakes” for all the women whose brains are “6% to 11% smaller than men’s” and “absorb information like pancakes soak up syrup so it’s hard for them to focus.” […]

Compensation Watch ’22: EYers Should Expect Raises to Hit Their Bank Accounts Come August

EY sent out a very ambitious, repetitive email to its loyal US grunts yesterday that can be summed up in one short statement: here’s some money so you people stop complaining. Will it be enough to stop the bleeding at this particular Big 4 firm and keep warm bodies in their chairs? Time will tell. […]

EY Has Picked Kelly Grier’s Successor As US Chair and Managing Partner

EY today confirmed the news we broke in October that Kelly Grier would not seek a second four-year term as US chair and managing partner and EY Americas managing partner. The person who will step into that role later this summer is Julie Boland, current EY vice chair and managing partner of the firm’s Central […]

EYers, What Would Your Candy Heart Message Be to EY On Valentine’s Day?

EYers, can you feel the love your employer has for y’all in this post on Instagram today? Awww, so sweet. Do you have a sweet message in return for EY? Eh, probably not. They would probably be more along the lines of: I Quit EY Sux Mo’ Money #1 PTO W&P (Waffles & Pancakes) or […]

Compensation Watch ’22: It Appears EY Employees Who Work In FAAS (Only?) Are Not Getting a Salary Adjustment (UPDATE)

[UPDATE] If this is the script Kelly Grier is giving her managing partners to tell their staffs about EY being the market leader in salaries among the Big 4, I unfortunately don’t see any type of mid-year salary adjustment coming for you guys and gals. This was a tip we got last night on what […]

EY Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Parts IV, V, VI, and VII

EY-Parthenon recently lured four people away from the Queen’s KPMG, three of whom were added to the partnership and one hired as a director. Akif Jawaid joined EY-Parthenon in the UK as a partner on EY-P’s private equity team. He previously was a partner and global head of private equity (Strategy Group) and the UK […]

Don’t F*ck Up, EY Luxembourg Recruits, or Erny Is Gonna Get Ya

About 150 new hires at EY in Luxembourg got quite the scare when they walked in the building on their first day of work Jan. 7. The post from EY should have instead said, “We kicked off 2022 with some weird-ass vibes …” Anyway, happy Friday.

How Much Is An EY Shirt Selling For At TJ Maxx These Days?

About as much as a first-year at EY makes an hour during peak busy season. Related article: How Much Do You Think a KPMG T-Shirt Costs at Goodwill These Days?

A Few EY Partners Didn’t Get the Auditor Independence Rules Right

The SEC on Dec. 10 decided that two EY partners and one principal didn’t take the auditor independence rules seriously and doled out a few fines and sanctions. And like many of these auditor independence violations that get firms in hot water with the SEC or the PCAOB, the flagrant rules bending by EY had […]

PwC Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Parts IV and V

There has been some crazy poaching news recently—no, not in the Big 4 but in college football. USC poached Lincoln Riley from the University of Oklahoma to be its next head coach, which was then followed by Brian Kelly bolting Notre Dame for the SEC (no, not that SEC) to become LSU’s new coach and […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VIII

Just like our waistlines over Thanksgiving weekend, the tax practice at the Queen’s KPMG got larger earlier this month with the addition of three new partners. Candice Nichol, a tax lawyer with 14 years of experience, joined KPMG as a deal advisory tax partner in London from international law firm Simmons & Simmons, while Justin […]

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EY Global Chairman Carmine Di Sibio Warns Zoomers Their Careers Are Screwed If They Stick to Remote Work

EY Global Chairman Carmine Di Sibio wrote a piece for Quartz recently on how young professionals can navigate today’s hybrid work environment (well, his communications team did anyway) and we found a few bits particularly noteworthy for early-career accountants eager to get ahead in today’s, uh, interesting work environment. You might want to grab a […]

Just Think, An EY UK Partner Was Allowed to Keep His Job After (Allegedly) Telling a Female Co-Worker This (UPDATE)

[UPDATE] Neil Hutt quit or was forced to resign or whatever. Point is, he no longer works at EY in the UK. From the The Times of London on Nov. 13: EY, the Big Four accountancy group, has accepted the resignation of one of its partners, who told a female trainee “I’m going to f*** […]

EY Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part VII

Rebecca Rennison recently entered the Big 4 transfer portal as a director at PwC UK and exited as a partner at EY. EY recently announced Rennison and Richard Pulford as its most recent senior hires in the firm’s Manchester corporate finance team, according to Insider Media: Rebecca Rennison also joins EY with more than 20 […]

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EY Pats Itself On the Back For Not Blowing As Many Audits As Before

Last month the PCAOB teased the results of its 2020 inspection reports by saying audit firms were getting better at not being awful at auditing. From the PCAOB’s Staff Update and Preview of 2020 Inspection Observations: For the majority of the annually inspected audit firms, we identified fewer findings in 2020 compared to our 2019 […]

Big 4 Item of the Week on eBay: EY Pedometer

All you health nuts and fitness freaks who spend each and every day building a better working world can hop on over to eBay and purchase this unused EY pedometer. Unshackle yourself from your desk and bust out this black and yellow step-counter the next time you walk to the break room or take that […]

This Probably Didn’t Go Over Too Well With Many Grunts At EY

“I was just talking to our team in terms of the importance of people, the importance of being empathetic, the importance of making sure that we’re taking care of our people. And, you know, we talk to our clients about this all the time. We’ve actually hired 115,000 people in the last year, but we’ve […]

EY US Chair Kelly Grier Will Not Seek a Second Term

Kelly Grier, EY US chair and managing partner and Americas managing partner since July 2018, announced during an all-hands call this morning that she will not pursue a second four-year term. A tipster told us that Grier said “it was a personal decision and had nothing to do with the strength of the firm.” Her […]

Here’s a Cringey EY Rap Anthem to Begin Your Workweek

Happy Monday, GC faithful. One of the things we here at GC headquarters have enjoyed sharing with you through the years are horrible anthems about Big 4 firms. Who can forget such classics as “Making an Impact That Matters” about Deloitte, “EY Anthem,” and “Your Worlds, Our People” about PwC. These sound like the songs […]

Someone at EY Had an Axe That Needed Grinding On Their Way Out the Door

On Oct. 7, someone on the way out the door at EY decided now was as good a time as any to air those final grievances and perhaps warn those who hadn’t yet experienced the full force of “bad fit” just what happens when you don’t fall in line. It’s posted on Reddit and the […]

EY Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

We have some Big 4-on-Big 4 poaching action in America’s Hat, as EY of the Canadian variety recently nabbed a partner from PwC. A new partner in EY’s Financial Services practice, Biswajit Das bends over backwards to provide CIO and COO advisory services for the Big 6 banks, insurance players, asset management firms, and large […]

EY Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part III

Finally we have some Big 4-on-Big 4 poaching action here in the good ol’ US of A to write about, even though it involves a lateral move. After an 11-year stay at the House of Mickelson as a principal, Mitch Kenfield has joined EY’s Consulting practice in the same role. He announced his recent departure […]

Compensation Watch ’21: Did EY Redeem Itself In the Eyes of Their Employees? (UPDATE)

(Updated post from Aug. 18 with a comparison of average raise percentages per promotion from 2018 and 2016.) 2020 was a pretty ugly year for the Black and Yellow—and especially for EY employees. Let’s recap, shall we? No performance-based bonuses. Raises only to those who received a promotion. Lots and lots of layoffs. Unlimited PTO; […]

Here’s the Truth About What Really Happens at EY’s Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence From Someone Who Was There

Ed. note: the following is a first-hand account of one person’s experience at the EY Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence. The author has requested to be anonymous. On Saturday Night Live last March, Elon Musk came out on national TV as having Asperger’s syndrome. For the neurodiverse, this event was momentous not only because Musk hosted […]

EY Rakes In $40 Billion In Global Revenue, Will Try Not to Suck So Much At Auditing

A day after Deloitte got the Big 4 revenue boasting season rolling yesterday, EY announced today that it pulled in a “solid” $40 billion ($39,959,000,000, to be exact) in revenue for the year ending June 30, a 7.3% increase over 2020’s $37.2 billion. But aside from all the patting each other on the back for […]

EY Is Helping Its Broke Interns Get Their 150 Credits

In the war for talent, it’s not (imaginary) prestige or ping-pong tables that will win the battle but cold hard cash. Or, in this case, a little help with what is often a costly and time-intensive venture for future CPAs. Last week, EY announced their new Career Path Accelerator, the TL;DR of which is an […]

EY UK Sheds Some Pounds Because An Audit Partner Messed Up Big Time

The UK’s audit cops were itchin’ to dole out some discipline today, and the butts that were paddled belong to ex-audit partner Mark Harvey and his former employer EY. The Financial Times reported: Accounting firm EY has been fined £2.2m and issued with a severe reprimand for failings in its audit of Stagecoach, the London-listed […]

What In the Name of Kelly Grier Is This Nonsense!?

Yeesh. Hope they pick you, my guy!

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EY Learns the Hard Way Not to Screw Around with the SEC’s Auditor Independence Rules

Back on Aug. 12, 2019, Bubble Wrap maker Sealed Air Corp. disclosed in an 8-K that it had fired EY as its “independent” registered public accounting firm and stated that it had hired PwC. OK, no biggie, the auditor carousel is always going round and round in the Big 4. But the most interesting tidbit […]

EY Thinks Its Women Can Make or Break Their Careers On the Golf Course

It’s been years since the show ended but I started a rewatch of Mad Men recently, and when I came across the article I’m about to share with you, I couldn’t help but think of a particular scene. This episode aired 13 years ago (yikes) so I’m hoping none of you will need a spoiler […]

EY Is Building an Even Better Better Working World With Its Expanded Neurodivergent Hire Plans

In April of this year, EY announced the launch of its Boston Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence, the sixth of its kind EY has opened in the United States since launching the program in the mid-2010s. You see, it turns out that many — not all, but many — neurodivergent individuals are particularly excellent at data […]

PwC Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part III

Hundreds of people have bolted EY to join PwC in different locations around the world the past dozen years but this is only the third time one of those moves has been documented on this here website. So congrats to Mike Holford for being the subject of this most recent “PwC Poaches Someone From EY […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VII

Another day, another EYer getting poached by KPMG. This time Marlon Richardson (pictured left) has departed the Ernstiverse to join the partnership at KPMG U.K. The website Energy Voice reported: The “big four” accountancy firm KPMG has appointed a former oil and gas partner at rival EY to its energy practice. Marlon Richardson spent seven […]

Promotion Watch ’21: EY Admits 830 New Partners Worldwide

Big promotion announcement today at EY on the eve of its new fiscal year: the firm admitted its largest-ever new partner class: The EY organization announces that 830 people have been promoted to partner across the globe, the largest ever cohort of new partners. Women and audit represent 34% and 26% of this year’s new […]

Deloitte Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part III

Across the pond, Deloitte recently announced that it had promoted 79 Green Dotters to partner, an increase of 18% over last year. Of those new partners, 24 are women. Unfortunately, Deloitte U.K. didn’t release the names of its new chosen ones, but presumably Nicola Wright’s name would have been on that list. Wright got her […]

EY Global CEO Carmine Di Sibio Spotted at Tonight’s New York Islanders Playoff Game

A tweet tonight from ESPN senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski: Wow #JerseyFoul pic.twitter.com/d9XDWuWlts — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 9, 2021 OK, so it’s likely not Carmine. But Adrienne and I can’t figure out why the hell somebody would pay good money to have that name stitched on the back of their Islanders jersey. I said […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

Poaching season never rests, especially in the U.K. In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” Ian Wood can get his old KPMG coffee mug out of storage because he’s back at where it all began, this time as part of the firm’s Energy Lead Advisory team. According to a press […]

EY Just Bought Some Really Expensive Pancakes

In late 2019, we learned that EY thinks women are a bunch of dumb sluts who need to be told to cover up the goods in a professional setting, so much so that a day-and-a-half long “leadership seminar” held at the firm’s Hoboken office in 2018 focused intently on this bit (er, their bits?). HuffPo […]

EY Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Parts III and IV

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” EY has added a couple of ex-Green Dotters to its partnership ranks in the U.K. and Australia. David Bowen announced on LinkedIn in early May that he would be leaving Deloitte U.K. to become a partner and lead EY’s family office advisory services […]

EY’s Europe Restructuring Is Just ‘Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic’

“This is rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. To regulators, they have always been giving warnings that if you close one down, we will be the Big 3 – so leave us alone, as we are ‘too big to fail’. Fundamentally, it’s the leadership culture and aggressively commercial model of these firms which is broken […]

EY Learns That LGBT People Just Want to Collect a Paycheck Like Everyone Else

June is soon upon us which means rainbows slapped across corporate social media pages far and wide as a way for companies to say “hey, we’re OK with gay!” Which, I mean, that’s cool and all but maybe we’ll achieve a point in our lifetimes where people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and accepted […]

EY Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part II

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we head to London where Jill Trafford finally got an invitation to participate in games Big 4 partners play. She announced her promotion at EY on LinkedIn earlier this month: With EY dangling a promotion to partner, Trafford decided to dip from her […]

Hywel Talks Hybrid At EY U.K.

“We have championed flexible working for many years prior to COVID-19 and we will continue to do so. This has been built on a culture of trust with our people. We also believe there will always be a need for EY to have office space across the U.K., but how we use our offices in […]

EY Had An Office In Gaza Media Tower Leveled By Israeli Air Strike

Thanks to a tipster who sent us a link to a Facebook post from Saed Abdallah, a partner at EY Palestinian Authority: The missile strike on the 12-story al-Jalaa building in Gaza City was carried out by Israel because it claimed the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Hamas. The building, which […]

Due to a Lack of 12-Year-Olds to Run This By, EY Israel Totally Missed the Double Entendre In This Brochure

*snort* Via the tip box: You can’t make this up! I don’t know if a double entendre was intended, but it definitely raises questions. Some have been commenting, why can’t there be penetration and protection?

Bonus Watch ’21: EY UK Is Paying Employees a ‘Lockdown Bonus’ Even Though It May Encourage a Dreaded Entitlement Mentality

At the end of March, the Queen’s Deloitte announced in a firm-wide webcast that thanks to employees’ hard work and determination throughout the pandemic the firm would be giving them up to £2,000. You know, as a way to say “hey, sorry we had to cut back when the panini scared the shit out of […]

Even EYers Think PwC Is a Better Firm Than EY

Leave it to EY to turn a call with staff into a high school pep rally. And leave it to one EY employee to hilariously try to torpedo it. This was posted on Fishbowl earlier today: The funny thing is another EYer who was on that call told us he/she was considering doing something similar […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: EY #41 (2021)

Bringing up the rear among the Big 4 firms in the 2021 F100BCTWF is EY at No. 41. The good news is, even after all the cringey decisions EY leadership made over the past year—temporarily shelving performance-based bonuses, getting rid of senior manager promotion bonuses, giving raises only to EYers who went up in rank, […]

EY to Staff: Pledge Allegiance to the United States of EY or Go Find Another Job (UPDATE)

Ed. note: We have updated this article at the bottom with details on a cheating scandal at EY that puts the mystery of this oddly aggressive all-hands call to rest Not sure if y’all have heard but EY has really been struggling to not look like total jackasses in recent history. The reputational fallout really […]

German Investigator Can Confidently Prove EY Was Unbelievably Bad At Auditing Wirecard

Bloomberg reported on Saturday: A special parliamentary investigator lists far-reaching shortcomings in Ernst & Young’s audits of Wirecard AG before the German financial technology company collapsed last year, a person familiar with the report said. The investigator lists about 11 incidences where EY failed to take measures to uncover the multibillion fraud, said the person, who spoke […]

Believe It or Not, Deloitte and EY Have Some Prestige In the Banking World

It’s a given every year that the Big 4 firms will end up in Vault’s rankings of the best and the most prestigious accounting and consulting firms to work for. But banking? Yeah, last year I found out that’s a thing, for Deloitte and EY anyway. In Vault’s 2020 Banking 50, Deloitte Corporate Finance was […]

EY Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts IV and V

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we’re focusing on the strategy consulting arms of PwC and EY in Australia, as Miles Tam recently left PwC’s Strategy& as a director to join the partnership at EY Port Jackson Partners. In addition, EY Port Jackson Partners lured Chris Paxton away from […]

Successful Whistleblower Slings Some More Mud at EY

“I didn’t feel I had a choice. I had to fight for justice. And any cursory examination of the facts of the case showed that I was clearly in the right. Given that, I have never been able to understand why EY fought a losing battle for so long.” — Amjad Rihan, a former audit […]

Another Big 4 Firm Sticks It to Women

[Updated on March 25 with information on the leading CEO candidate at Deloitte Australia.] You can cross EY Oceania off the list of potential landing spots for a woman CEO of a Big 4 firm, as David Larocca, currently the managing partner of EY Oceania’s Strategy and Transactions business, will take the reins from CEO […]

EY’s Kelly Grier Is Eager to ‘Forge a Path Forward’ to Coworkers Disturbing Your Concentration at the Office Again

If introverted EYers were expecting another quiet Monday as a socially-accepted hermit in these troubling times they were in for a surprise this morning when EY Chair Kelly Grier came crashing into their inboxes with an update on the big post-COVID plans. Spoiler: it involves making yourself available in the office. The following email has […]

Tweet of the Day: New Competition Show For Big 4 Accountants Is (Probably Not) Coming to Fox

This was tweeted last night by New York Times culture reporter and author Dave Itzkoff after seeing the defenders of the ballots from EY on stage at the Golden Globe Awards: The Masked Accountant, this spring on Fox pic.twitter.com/fQ34Rnjv3D — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 1, 2021 *Chef’s kiss* Related article: EY Is Bringing Its Shiny […]

Wirecard Drama of the Day: Hubert Barth Was Most Likely Forced Out as EY Germany CEO

Whether it’s in the sports world or the business world, whenever you see a press release or an article that says, “[PERSON’S NAME] is stepping down from [HIS/HER] role as [EXECUTIVE JOB TITLE] and will be taking another position with the [TEAM NAME/COMPANY NAME],” it’s because that person sucked at his/her job or something bad […]

EY Employees Are Building a Better Working World One Colored Pencil At a Time

EY employees have had to endure a lot of crap in the past six months, most notably seeing many of their colleagues and friends lose their jobs and being told by management they have an “entitlement mentality” when it comes to vacation and then having unlimited PTO shoved down their throats. But as a reward […]

Layoff Watch ’21: EY Gave Client Technology Staffers a Parting Gift As They Were Being Kicked to the Curb

Before we recently learned what was happening behind the scenes with workplace services staff and on-site technology support employees at EY, we got tipped off from someone in client technology that his/her and others’ jobs were being eliminated or offshored. After a couple of weeks of not hearing anything else about what was going on […]

EY Isn’t Botching As Many Audits These Days, According to Latest PCAOB Inspection Report

The Big 4 firm behind the most boring TV ad during Super Bowl LV last night has shown improvements in audit quality in its last two PCAOB inspection reports. Some may say that EY having a former PCAOB member on its Independent Audit Quality Committee is why the number of EY audits with deficiencies is […]

EY U.S. Chair Kelly Grier Is Super Excited About EY’s Super Bowl Ad, You Guys

All those employees sent packing last September and October and going to unlimited PTO must have freed up enough money for EY to blow on an ad debuting during tomorrow’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And no one is more pumped about it than Kelly Grier, EY U.S. […]

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Layoff Watch ’21: EY On-Site Technology Support Employees Were Also Given a Voluntary Early Retirement Offer

We learned yesterday that EY is transitioning the workplace services portion of its enterprise support services team to real estate firm CBRE, which also specializes in facilities management. So workplace services staff have a choice to make: apply for a role with CBRE or voluntarily take an early retirement offer. Today we learned that about […]

Layoff Watch ’21: EY Workplace Services Coordinators Apparently Have a Decision to Make

[Updated this evening with additional information.] This was sent to our tipline last night: All workplace services coordinators at EY will have to go work for a contractor or be fired. They are telling employees tomorrow. They are making a big deal by saying this is not a lay off. Admins and IT will be […]

EY Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part I

If there’s one way to describe the hiring practices at Big 4 firms it would be “turnabout is fair play.” For example, when one former KPMGer strolls through the doors to start his or her new job at PwC, there’s always another person who just left P. Dubs for a new role at the Radio […]

Number of the Day: 15.3%

The Queen’s EY recently released its 2020 Pay Gap Report, and the good news is the gender pay gap among EY U.K. staff is slowly closing, but the bad news is the ethnicity pay gap is growing. Chairman Hywel Ball said: I am pleased that our gender pay gap has improved by 4.7%, achieved by […]

This EY Manager’s Expectations of Staff Are Slightly Unreasonable And By Slightly We Mean Holy F*ck Dude

It’s Friday, which means at least one of your colleagues will probably have some last-minute issue exactly at 4 p.m. (or whatever your 4 p.m. would be if you worked normal hours like most employed human beings) that absolutely must be resolved before you can call it a day. Or perhaps you have a manager […]

Hiring Watch ’21: EY India Is On the Hunt For Thousands of Techies

Press Trust of India reported on Dec. 24 that EY is going on a hiring spree in India next year: Global professional services organisation EY on Thursday announced that it would be inducting in 2021 about 9,000 new hires in India. These will be in various technology roles across all member firms including the global […]

Compensation Watch ’20: EY Employees Don’t Get Screwed For Once

Yesterday, my esteemed colleague Bramwell regaled you with tales of boring lines at Starbucks along with the latest buzz on bonuses at EY Canada, while also insinuating that EY U.S. had already given its people a substantial gift when they announced unlimited PTO in October. That last bit is obviously a joke, perhaps not too […]

Bonus Watch ’20: EY Canada Made It Rain Christmas Bonuses

On Saturday while I was waiting in line at Starbucks, I was scrolling Reddit and saw a couple posts on r/Big4 about EY of the Canadian variety handing out Christmas bonuses to senior managers on down. According to one post, here’s what everybody got: $1,500 for managers and senior managers $750 for staff and seniors […]

No Foolin’, EY Extends Work From Home to At Least April 2021

Last we checked in on the ongoing work-from-home situation at EY in August, EY Americas vice chair of risk management Jay Persaud told his firm’s beloved army of waffles and pancakes they should expect to stay home until at least January 2021. Not to scare anyone but January 2021 is 21 days from now. It […]

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KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Parts IV and V

Back in March (which seems like three years ago) KPMG introduced its latest senior tax hires, which included a couple folks the Radio Station snagged from PwC and a few former EYers. Late last month, KPMG sent out another missive that included its latest round of senior tax hires, two of whom came from EY. […]

EY Threw Its Disgruntled Employees a Bone

It’s been well over a month now since EY announced it was moving away from its accrual-based vacation policy and going unlimited PTO, to the dismay of nearly all of the firm’s “entitled” employees. And EYers are still making their displeasure with the move known via memes and posts on the usual chatter sites and […]