Since this feels like one of those days where everyone is at a ball game or is so hung over that they can't operate their email, I'll share the latest news from the mail-cum-money bag:
@EY - Just got an email saying we need to meet with our counselors before 7/31 to discuss annual review. I doubt any comp info though.
Even if these chats don't involve any numbers, they may be useful in one of two ways: 1) It gives cranky employees the opportunity to fly off the handle because this last busy season was a special kind of personal hell and that no amount of money can possibly make up for that. or 2) It may be the perfect time to inform counselors about what kind of numbers are being thrown around at another firm who the Black Yellow had no problem keeping pace with last year.
Smiling and nodding works too, if that's more your speed.