You could go ahead and substitute any firm for any other firm here, but for this particular reader question, it's KPMG v EY. Let's make a little popcorn and see what's going on:
Hello,I hope you're well. So about a month ago, I heard that EY gave second round raises to the entire West Region because the firm was losing so many people, as all the firms are. However, in talking about this with my friend at EY, I realized that she was now making $6K more than me as a second year staff – I'd say a rather large disparity. So I brought this up to the appropriate people in the firm and was told that they wouldn't consider raising salaries because we have "the best culture" and we are paid in experience. I think that you should post an article about it now, especially while intern recruiting is going on because I think kids should know that they are lied to – like I was – when KPMG told me that my pay was the same as the other firms. I will admit I love the people here and the culture way more than the other firms, but money talks….Also, note that the other firms also pay for phones for associates, which KPMG does not.I think this story would get a lot of comments/traffic from KPMG people (and everyone who likes to bash on KPMG) and hopefully inspire change for the better.I would appreciate anonymity as well!Thank you!