July 21, 2018

EY Counts the Votes for the Golden Globes, You Guys

Look at that, another year gone by. As many of us try to get back to the gym, find a new job or yell at fewer strangers, there's one other time-honored tradition in January: accounting firms boasting about their award show gigs. And here's EY, right on cue, to tell us about their sweet counting exercise with the Golden Globes:

EY is kicking off the New Year by tabulating the votes for one of Hollywood's most prestigious award shows: the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards®. For the 44th consecutive year, EY is overseeing the voting process for the awards, which honors the best in TV and film. Only three EY professionals will know the results in advance of the ceremony, which they will personally carry down the red carpet in briefcases handcuffed to their wrists.

Why do they always make a big deal about the handcuffs? Is that meant to deter potential hijackers who don't have the stomach to chop off an auditor's hand? If EY really wants to put the fear of God into would-be case-snatchers, they should hire mercenaries to guard the team with AR-15s.

I have to admit, though, if you were going to land an awards show engagement, the Globes would be my choice. Where else do you get to watch celebrities make terrible faces while they eat and then get blind drunk? EY should really be mentioning this in their recruiting materials. "Sure, PwC has the Oscars, but last year at the Golden Globes we watched Jack Nicholson piss himself and then get turned down by Jennifer Lawrence."

[EY]

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Confused doesn’t even begin to describe what were feeling. We are hearing tons of rumors about layoffs in the Ernstiverse this week.

We’ve heard rumors from Denver to the East-Central (fka North-Central) and New York FSO. This includes both client serving professionals and support staff. We have already confirmed that two admins were let go earlier this week in New York.

The timing is especially strange since, you know, it’s January and in some offices the mandatory hours have already rolled out. Even if it were only support staff being let go, the timing is still unheard of. Why wait until January to let people go when having cuts in November? Maybe it’s just us but if we had survived that November cut, we would have thought that our job would be safe until at least the spring.
And since the roundtables seem to be SOP you wouldn’t think they would be anything to worry about but they definitely have people talking and wondering what will go down.

So far, Ernst & Young has not responded to our request for comment.
If you hear anything about your office get in touch in with us and discuss in the comments.

E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Just Got a Little More Prestigious

Jim Turley3.jpgFrom what we can tell, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award is a BFD. If the other Big 4 have their own versions of this award, we sure haven’t heard of them.
And even if Deloitte were to start handing out the Uncle Dangle Vigilante of the Year award, it would pale in comparison to the EYEY because, now, a past winner is going to be on The Real Housewives of New York City.
Jennifer Gilbert won her EYEY in 1998 for her business, Save the Date, “A dedicated force of event planners who are in tune with the constantly evolving world of corporate events.” She’s even in the EYEY Hall of Fame. Jesus, this thing has a HoF?
J Dawg has to be bursting over this. Shamelessly up on his desk fist pumping, Tiger Woods style. A soon-to-be reality TV star that, God willing, will name drop E&Y every chance she gets on cable would be the best thing that ever happened to the firm. Sorry, NASCAR HoF.
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