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After hearing that KPMG was following suit with a mid-year compensation surprise, we’ve now been tipped that any hope you had of seeing a little extra moolah has been crushed:
Last night was KPMG’s New York Office (NYO) townhall meeting. During this meeting, close to 2,000 NYO employees of the firm gathered in a hotel in Time Square to listen to a series of presentations from the CEO, COO and Office Managing Partner (OMP). During this four hour presentation, they covered an array of topics, including: compensation and benefits, technology, etc.
Depsite hearing that the firm will be allowing staff (associates and senior associates) have KPMG email access on their iPhone, Android or BlackBerry phones, no further details were provided about what they will be paying for, if anything.
They also announced that they were keeping up with the average regarding compensation, but made it a point to mention that with every average, someone must be below the average, hinting that we were that someone. After finding out that there will be no mid-year bonsues or raises, some left the meeting rather disappointed… at least there was free booze and food (like any other normal KPMG event).
But wait! This sounded a little weird to us since our sources on the original story were solid, so we checked in with another source who told us the message was simply non-committal, “They didn’t really confirm/deny what was going to happen with the mid-year stuff.”
So all this “Yes? No? Maybe so,” probably isn’t so helpful but that’s where things appear to stand.
Back to our original tipster, who is now hearing talk of next fall’s associates receiving a boost in their starting salaries:
Later that evening, however, many of the recent hires (new associates in 2010) were beginning to hear that the 2011 new hires (for next year) were already receiveing salary adjustments (upwards into the $60,000’s), in addition to their already higher starting salaries and sign-on bonuses.
So my question is: Does KPMG plan on compensating the new associates (that started in 2010) that did not receive a sign-on bonus this year, or perhaps have any plans to bring their salary closer towards the industry average?
Starting salaries have been consistently rising over the years and with increased competition among the firms for the best recruits, you can expect that to continue. Whether that results in adjustments for KPMG’s latest class of new associates remains to be seen, since a mid-year surprise is still uncertain. We should say, however, expecting more money after being on the job for 2-3 months is a little presumptuous. We understand the frustration but, seriously? You can barely open Excel at this point.
As you hear more regarding the mid-year compensation (or lack thereof) email us with the scoop.
You may or may not have heard already about a little email making the rounds in Ireland that originated inside PwC. A few dudes figured they would rate the female incoming associates and of course the thing went viral. PwC’s leadership in Ireland got wind of it and since this sort of thing is typically frowned upon, they are now investigating the matter.
It’s rumored that this ranking is a “tradition” inside the firm but if it sounds familiar, it should. Last year we reported on a similar contest that originated inside Del��������������������nders were reversed and there were creative categories like, “Most likely to sleep his way to partner.” This particular ranking is about as imaginative as you would expect from a bunch of dudes at PwC.
Because we’re the ambitious type, we thought we’d try to run down the email and photos and by the grace of the gossip Gods, our persistence paid off. After the jump, the email with the less-than-classy comments – including one guy asking his email to be removed if it the message was going to be forwarded – and the accompanying slideshow (sans names of course).
FW: This would be my shortlist for the top 10
O’Carroll, Richard (IE – Dublin)
Ryan, Evan@Dublin, Mac Giolla Bhride, Jack (IE – Dublin), McInerney, Ruaidhri (IE – Dublin), Mark Gantly
History: This message has been forwarded.
Delete my email signature etc if forward.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 27 October 2010 11:27
To: Nolan, Alan (IE – Dublin); Burbridge, Gerard (IE – Dublin); James.Phelan@cbre.com; David.MacUileagoid@mercer.com; John.Murphy@hsoc.ie; Lord, Patrick (IE – Dublin)
Subject: Fw: This would be my shortlist for the top 10
FYI. New clunge.
David Mc Donough | Senior Associate | Asset Management |
pwc | One Spencer Dock | North Wall Quay | Dublin 1 | Ireland |
Direct (: + 353 1 792 5633 | Fax 7: + 353 1 792 6200 | E-mail *: firstname.lastname@example.org
—– Forwarded by David McDonough/IE/ABAS/PwC on 27/10/2010 11:26 —–
To Colin Burke/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gavin Dunne/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gerard Somers/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, John Leonard/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Leon Nangle/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Maurice O’Brien/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Neil Collins/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Patrick Meagher/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Pierce Kenny/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Robert E Byrne/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Rory Bluett/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Paul G Cummins/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gavin Friel/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Mark Rochfort/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, David McDonough/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Stephen Doherty/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE
Subject Fw: This would be my shortlist for the top 10
Lads a couple added and also departments
Stephen Tully | Senior Associate | Asset Management Group
PricewaterhouseCoopers | Assurance
One Spencer Dock | Dublin 1 | Ireland |(: 353 -1-792-5793 | 7: 353-1-792-6200
—– Forwarded by Stephen Tully/IE/ABAS/PwC on 27/10/2010 10:18 —–
Paul G Cummins/IE/ABAS/PwC
To Stephen Tully/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE
cc Colin Burke/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gavin Dunne/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gerard Somers/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, John Leonard/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Leon Nangle/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Maurice O’Brien/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Neil Collins/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Patrick Meagher/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Pierce Kenny/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Robert E Byrne/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Rory Bluett/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Paul G Cummins/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gavin Friel/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Mark Rochfort/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE
Subject Re: This would be my shortlist for the top 10Link
Great work…..have reservations about the last one getting in……
Paul Cummins | Senior Associate | Asset Management |
pwc | One Spencer Dock | North Wall Quay | Dublin 1 | Ireland |
Direct (: + 353 1 792 6087 | Fax 7: + 353 1 792 6200 | E-mail *: email@example.com
To Colin Burke/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gavin Dunne/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gerard Somers/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, John Leonard/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Leon Nangle/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Maurice O’Brien/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Neil Collins/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Patrick Meagher/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Pierce Kenny/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Robert E Byrne/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Rory Bluett/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Paul G Cummins/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Gavin Friel/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE, Mark Rochfort/IE/ABAS/PwC@EMEA-IE
Subject This would be my shortlist for the top 10
From the mailbag:
EY Boston Tax had their end of busy season party last week. On Tuesday, we had beer and wine in the office. Considering everyone had to work through the first football sunday of the year, the least they could do is get us drunk on a Thursday so we can enjoy ourselves. Who’s gonna get drunk in the office on a Tuesday? [Ed. note: show of hands?]
I have to say I’m disappointed with the social/drinking scene at this place compared to other Big 4s in this market. Pretty stiff, but I feel like the firm takes pride in that–I have no idea why.
Without the proper context, it’s difficult to know what kind of a drinker our tipster is. If he/she is merely a two wines/beers and out person then E&Y Boston is really bucking the trend in that fair city. However, if the tipster is Charlie Sheen, then there’s no cause for concern.
Any Bostonians familiar with the situation are invited to elaborate on the Big 4/next tier drinking scene below or share with us directly.
From the mailbag via H-town:
This was in our weekly newsletter in the Houston KPMG office. Must be trying to make up for that weak bonus:
Any takers? We’re sure you could haggle. Either make an offer below or get in touch and we’ll pass it along.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers compensation post is still a hot thread, as the majority of news was about double-digit raises and bonuses have been reported from many although at least one commenter was skeptical that all the news was good in the PwC world:
“[P]robably the people most willing to share are the ones who got the most $.”
That comment was in response to someone who assumed PwC was throwing around “1” ratings (the firm’s highest) like boomies at a Phish show. Of course, not everyone can be so lucky and apparently there are a couple of terms being thrown around by the less fortunate.
Late last week a source close to PwC dropped us the following:
“Fonus”– noun; the much-diminished bonus Big 4 firms give to borderline staff they can’t afford to pay properly, but don’t want to quit.
Not to be confused with the ‘nonus,’ which is no bonus at all.
Apparently these terms have emerged this week as fonuses started appearing in people’s paychecks.
So not to worry “as expected” staff that can’t afford to quit your jobs! If you ended up with the 6%/0% instead of the 14%/10% or whatever, whathaveyou, you’re not alone! Plus, there are some fun terms you can throw around to help you bitch about it. Continue to discuss and keep us updated with any other fallout from the discussions – verbal creativeness or otherwise.