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January 27, 2023

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 154 comments that resulted are full of examples that show what this individual experienced is certainly not an isolated case (but we knew that).

For the sake of those with bad eyes, the screenshot is transcribed below.

Subj: Goodbye, and Good Luck ūüôā

Dear Team

Today is my last day at EY.

Few learnings from my EY experience are as follows:

  1. Mental Health of the people holds no importance in this company.
  2. You will be bad-mouthed among the seniors by a Manager/Senior Manager if you ever take a stand against unrealistic deadlines, working 12+ hours daily, or working regularly on weekends, even when all your work is on point.
  3. Your feedback might be screwed up by your Manager/Senior Manager, just because they are immature enough to seek vengeance on a personal level, chucking their professionalism out of the window.
  4. You might be called an “orphan” by a Senior Manager when you have left their team and are in the process of switching teams.
  5. You might try to voice your concerns, but all that will be conveniently ignored.
  6. You might be stripped off [sic?] your due promotion, and even your annual increment and bonus, all based on vitriolic feedback instead of actual work.
  7. You might approach the Partner group, but don’t expect any support, for you are a junior resource (and hence dispensable), and apparently the Manager/Senior Manager are always saintly and always right.
  8. You being a good team player has no value at all, since “you’re not being evaluated by your peers, but only by your managers.”
  9. All the work you did/do might just take a backseat, while dirty office politics based on personal grudges prevails.
  10. All of the above constitutes a clear case of mental harassment, but guess what… You have been put into the Performance Improvement Programme. Good luck trying to prove your mettle again!

This is not a ranting session, but a few points that will likely resonate with people who are still working. And I hope they don’t have to go through any of that.

While I went through a very specific case with very specific people, I still believe that they are many others who lead with passion and are considerate towards their team members.

Using our finely-honed deduction skills, we can guess this person is across the pond based on the extraneous “e” in “Programme” and the date formatting. Beyond that, who knows. But who cares? The top-down vice grip seems to be a universal experience for some who make their way through the Big 4 meat grinder on their way to bigger and better things.

Be free, little grunt, be free.

Photo by Eva Elijas from Pexels

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    1. It could have been anywhere…. Big Four or any other company. We all choose our own path – if it sucks you find a new one. Wish him/her/it the best.

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