October 5, 2022

EY Employee Has Eaten So Many Hours, He’s Gone on Hunger Strike

We have received a tip from an EY employee who's in a situation many of you can relate to:

I rolled onto a workstream (sub-engagement) where I have had no involvement into the budget or other matters (deliverables, etc.).  My hours are being limited by this manager that has caused me to "eat" hours, so in effect under-report what I have worked.

Like I said, a familiar problem. But, unlike most of you, this particular capital market servant has determined that action would have to be taken. That this unjustice could not go on without some kind of retribution. As a wise man once said, "This will not stand, ya know. This agression will not stand, man!"

While slipping a mickey to the manager was undoubtedly tempting, our hero opted for a more self-destructive approach: 

As a result, I have eaten so many hours that I no longer have a desire to eat food.  I have literally gone almost 2 days without eating. I'm not sure how much longer I am going to be conscious and survive, but I will continue to come to the client site and work whatever hours needed to add value to this workstream. This is also for all of the seniors and staff I have ever worked with that have had to "eat hours", either due to margin pressure on their jobs or they were told explicitly what to charge.  I have seen the "wreckage" cause to the lives of seniors and staff, from gaining weight (not having time for the gym) to their significant others breaking up with them over the phone or email.  I am in day 2 and will continue to consume nothing but water and coffee because the hours I eat have curbed whatever appetite I have.

So if your health or relationships have been destroyed by the mandated wolfing down of platter after platter of time tacos, know that this man is wasting away for you too.

Earlier:
Don't Eat Hours, You Idiots

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