September 26, 2018

Retire From EY, Receive a Free Scrapbook of Career Highlights

EY sent out a lovely note regarding some retiring PPEDDs today, although they were so excited to say goodbye they sort of screwed up the first email:

In our enthusiasm to congratulate our retiring PPEDDs, we realized that several of the titles listed in the original communication were incorrect. Please disregard and refer to the revised message below. We apologize for the confusion and hope this makes it easier to extend your congratulatory wishes!

Oops. It happens. I mean, you would expect that after a lifetime at the firm, they'd at least be able to get your title right on your way out but whatever:

As FY14 draws to a close, I encourage you to extend your best wishes and gratitude to the FSO partners, principals and directors who have retired or will be retiring at the end of this fiscal year: Mark Freedman, Neal Finkelman, Joe Grainger, John Keller, Barry Kroeger, Don MacNeal, Ed Pisani, David Sung and Jim Van Wagner. Each has enjoyed a tremendous career at EY, and we are extremely grateful for their many years of inspiration, integrity and dedicated service to our firm, our clients and most importantly, to our people.

This year, we started a new FSO tradition: a personalized tribute book for each retiree comprised of their colleagues’ fondest memories, stories and photos. I was moved by the number of responses and the heartfelt sentiment behind all of them. In honor of our retirees, we thought we’d share some of the words that were most used to describe their careers and legacies. As you can tell, they will be sorely missed!

Although their journeys at EY will soon come to an end, this is only the beginning of their next adventure. We wish our retiring PPEDD class of 2014 much continued success, happiness and relaxation in their future endeavors!

We kind of want to make fun of this but actually, it's pretty sweet. I mean, it beats the "good luck" cake I got when I quit CPA review, which was basically a passive aggressive way to say "haha, you think you can retire from CPA review and make a decent living LOL good luck with that!"

Anyhoo, here are your retiring EY PPEDDs and their lovely legacies laid out in graphic form:

Happy trails, you guys.

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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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