August 15, 2020

Managers

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Bonus Watch ’20: EY No Longer Giving Out Senior Manager Promotion Bonuses

There was a lot discussed during an EY Americas all-hands webcast this morning, including updates on layoffs and permanent and temporary cost-cutting measures. So, let’s get right to it. 1. No layoffs through the end of June: Back in late March, EY US Chair Kelly Grier said keeping all EYers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Most Managers Would Prefer If You Could Just Read Their Minds

Think you can do that? If so, that'd be great. A new Interact survey conducted online by Harris Poll with 2,058 U.S. adults — 1,120 of them were employed, and 616 of the employed people were managers — showed that a stunning majority (69%) of the managers said that they’re often uncomfortable communicating with employees. […]

Stop Doing Other People’s Work Because It Saves Time

My senior had the worst life when I was on his team. I interrupted him every two seconds with one question after another…

Accounting Firms Should Get Rid of Managers

Hey look, no one wants to be a manager. That's not too surprising. Managing is a thankless job. Just ask any manager. It's why when we think of managers we think about Lumberg from Office Space. People still want to be promoted, naturally, but it is kinda silly to promote someone to a job they […]

PwC Refugee Uses Sametime to Show Why Jerky Managers are the Worst

A good majority of you do your time in public accounting, leave quietly, and go on with your lives. But a few of you cling to screenshots of your past life, so you never forget just how awful those long, tedious days were. In the case of the following evidence of managerial douchebaggery, it appears […]

Here’s an Unconfirmed Account of Ernst & Young’s Flexible Scheduling in Action

If you take the time to poke through the profiles of the accounting firms on this year's FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, you would find the following under Ernst & Young's "What Makes It So Great?": Flexible scheduling at the accounting firm allows team members to choose one night each week during busy season […]

How to Manage Up and Keep Your Bosses Happy (Well, Most of Them)

Don't wanna work? Just wanna to bang on a drum all day? Okay, but the noise may result in you being escorted out by security. Best to ask us about something that's been bugging you. Shoot us an email and we'll keep you out of trouble. Hi, this isn't a tip but can you do […]

Big 4 Manager Is Itching to Leave But the Partner Carrot Is Being Dangled

Have the busy season blues but too lazy or untalented to write a song about it? Email us at advice@goingconcern.com and someone will tell your story. Hi GC   Long time reader, first time emailer.   I am a first year manager at a Big 4 firm. For the past 4 months I have had this […]

Apparently, Sport Coats Can Go a Long Way for Big 4 Auditors

And finger quotes are obviously an effective way of communicating.


Someone is wasting some billable hours in a very fine manner this August.

Earlier:
A Brief Moment in the Life of a Big 4 Auditor

A Brief Moment in the Life of a Big 4 Auditor

Well. Any auditor for that matter.

Based on personal experience it’s plausible that the script came from actual conversations.