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Is the promotion/raise freeze over? Because some signature changes would say it is... Love that transparency

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Does anyone else feel like most of your team is at least casually looking for a new job if not full on actively searching and applying? More so than during normal times.

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What is APEX?

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To all the people who continue to ask about raises and promotions. You are tone deaf. Do you not see what the unemployment rate is?? The company is trying to save jobs. You should respect that.

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So what do we think about the agency town hall?

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Spark declining to participate in the NBA review - very interesting time to be declining. Genuinely curious, was it that bad of a client? Cost more than it’s worth? Something else? 🧐

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Thoughts on the best way to celebrate the holidays without a party?

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Tune-in accounts or retail? What do you prefer?

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Thoughts on GDD?

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Really enjoyed the town hall discussion today...

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do we think that the current WFH environment is going to effect the Agency Holiday time we normally get off between Christmas & NYE?

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How do you initiate the idea to switch accounts?Also, do you think now is a good time to even ask?

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Anyone have any word on promotions? I feel like an asshole for asking, but I’m currently on month 5 of waiting and it’s pretty damn hard to live in Chicago taking home less then 2K a month... not sure… more

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Will we *have* to go back into the office in 2021? Is our job on the line if we vehemently are opposed to it due to safety concerns, and simply just being more productive wfh? If we’ve all proven work… more

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Random thing I miss about the office: composting. Since I’m walking distance to work, I used to save things in the kitchen, tea bags, food scraps, compostable containers, pizza boxes, etc. and bring t… more

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Spark preaches that talent is the most important thing..but then in 24 hrs they freeze promos and OT pay. Consider cutting the pay of some useless execs instead of the associates who do all the work

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How did ET get promoted in April? I thought ALL promotions and hiring were frozen? Not that she doesn’t deserve it, there’s just a ton of supervisors and associates that deserve it too

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I know we have been WFH for months and should be used to it now, but is anyone else actually going stir crazy? I was genuinely fine at first but now the idea of doing this for the rest of the year has… more

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Lisa G has been the most vocal leader!

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All agency town hall in 30min 😳

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How is everyone doing?

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Hello Everyone, I am currently working on a newsletter for my team and am reaching out to other employees and teams to see how Coronavirus has affected your business for you and your clients?

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It would be great if central leadership meetings disseminated updates and open conversation instead of just having vendor friends present.

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Will Spark need to lay employees off?

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I'm really struggling knowing layoffs are coming and can't focus. Also the fear of getting COVID with no health insurance. Anyone have relaxing tips?

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Hey Chicago, thoughts on Friday's party?

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Does anyone actually believe Conversant’s data? They refuse nearly any outside measurement. Did publicis just buy a vendor and force it through all their media teams to increase margin?

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I heard we won’t be required back until January. Did anyone else hear this?

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Does anyone know if COVID will impact raises/promotions?

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How long will we be working from home?

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Can we change policies in our open seating offices to an assigned table space during the pandemic? Feel like it’s a logical thing to do that would prevent germs spreading

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Any update with layoffs or pay cuts?

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It’s time to end this farce Scott Hess, no one eats the flaming hot Cheetos in the Chicago office.

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I know it’s not a big thing, but man I hate this outside email header thing. How can that change?

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Leadership reading this, it’s a new year, fresh with new beginnings. Have you acknowledged the low agency morale & what is being done to rectify? And a delayed holiday party isn’t a worthy solutio… more

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Alright...I just want to know. Who is peeing on top of the urinals? 😂

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In light of the recent WSJ article on Facebook and the NAACP's push for pulling ad money in July, I'm curious to know what everyone's thoughts are. What should Spark and Publicis Media do?

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Anyone know anything about the Citi media team? Interviewing to switch over.

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I feel that associate directors work the most out of any level. Right?

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I’m a college senior, got a part-time position @ legal consulting firm. What is a reasonable hourly rate to propose? $25? Other part times have paid me ~$15/hr but last internship paid ~$32/hr

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The hold music of my clients conference line is in my head. I need a vacation.

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Has anyone gone through a merger before? What areas were hit the most in terms of layoffs?

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I have a 2 hour interview with an agency tomorrow for a freelance role. This is my first time speaking with them, a recruiter set me up with them last week and they liked me enough to want to meet me (!!) I’m meeting the members of the team individually which is why it’s so long, but do you think a 2 hour interview right off the bat is a good sign? Any tips for not burning out over the course of 2 hours?

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Compensation of FSO Advisory senior vs. ARCA senior Associate considering I started right out of college in Business Advisory program??

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Anyone move from NYC to LA, and can share their experience? I’ve been living in nyc for 1+ yrs, and appreciate the nature, cleanliness, west coast vibes, and same coast as parents. Especially given COVID19, I’m tempted to make the move now more than ever.

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I’m devoting my life to deliverables that will collect dust on client shelves and satisfying managers who will be replaced by a more careless one tomorrow

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Phone interviews with my top two companies tomorrow. Wish me luck 🐠 fam!

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Going through interview process at @ Capgemini for their financial services tech consulting practice (Engagement Director role) and will likely get an offer soon due to the demand. Have a few of ques. 1) what’s the hierarchy in the firm? Is Engagement director role one level below Partner? And is partner and sr director role same? 2) what’s the path to partner like or next level like at Cap? 3) asking for a 25% base pay hike but also keen on waiting for aug 9 comp statement. Currently SM4 at EY

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Should I be ready to get a trailer with $350k comp for a job in Mountain View?

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Which firm has the best brand identity (logo/wordmark, typeface, marketing materials, website)?

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How long does it take to hear back after campus interviews?

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I miss the days when i could expense my meals! Seriously

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Once upon a time I was told that Deloitte pays for the cost of an MBA. Can anybody confirm or deny?

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I see lots of Big4 coming to MBB but would anyone move from MBB to Big4 (below partner)?

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Is Mckinsey Digital Labs a well-respected consulting arm? How does it compare to Big 4, Accenture technology groups?

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Turning down a highly lucrative Amazon offer for an offer with a small sign on bonus and a 20% pay bump but it will offer WLB and I can work remotely forever and it’s work I’m more interested in. First time I am not making prestige the number one priority. Feels scary. Idk why I have so much anxiety around turning down the offer.

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Are firm holiday party's always formal? Ours has been formal in the past but was always at formal venues. This year it's at a fratty-ish bar so really dressy would seem weird

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I don’t know if I can take another Zoom Happy Hour / Birthday.

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How much do you save of your salary or do you only save your bonus? Don't feel like I live that extravagantly and my analyst salary is fully drained every month.

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if i book using points, are they counted as the # of nights required to become gold/platinum the following year?

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I'm straight at home but go for drinks or spend the night with someone of the same gender 3 times per week thanks to travel.

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Taking a conference call while on the toilet. Love my WFH Fridays.

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I received an offer from consulting company for project model meaning to work for the same client due to a multi year engagement. Overall, I am getting around 50K jump from current salary which includes signing bonus as well base. My current employer calls themself management consulting but in reality its staff augmentation with bench time. This new opportunity does not have bench time but as I said pay is good with again staff augmentation. I am confuse if I should accept this offer or not?

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So Wells Fargo ex-CEO John Stumpf gets a lifetime ban from his industry for fraud. Any egregious cases at agencies that didn’t make national headlines? What happened that we should all look out for?

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Uni on the bench

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Just heard that Sessions is threatening to quit if Rosenstein gets fired. Is this a threat or a type of BOGO sale?

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New Hires/College grads who were laid off from IBM GBS in Spring 2018. Where are you today? And how do you feel about IBM now? For context, back then, IBM overhired a significant amount of young professionals and let go a sizable chunk of them. They also almost postponed start dates for the class of 2018 by a year. As a result, IBM has been blacklisted by many universities from OCR.

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When a law firm is looking for a 33/34 act attorney does it need an one working primarily with public companies? Or private companies as well? I’m a corporate and securities attorney, all my clients are private EGC and PE/ VC/ hedge funds, I usually ensure that they are exempted from 33/34 acts

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New Advisory SC what is your market/raise?

Typical prices for wedding photography in a high cost of living city? (San Francisco) 2 photographers, 8 hours, no travel. Much appreciated! ❤️

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Final interview for KPMG this week, any tips on any fellow KPMG experienced hires? Anything I should be aware of? Thanks =]

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Do you get a promotion as per normal cycle or do you have to apply to be promoted, and solve a case study and present to a panel as part of it. I’ve been told if I want to get promoted I should apply to a job that my team just posted, but I don’t understand why they would need me to solve a case and present to prove my capabilities ? They have two years of data on me and my performance anyway and prior to this job posting they had been saying I would get promoted before eoy 2021.

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Just got verbal offer for a position im really interested in . TC would be at least 30 k more, which I’m happy about. In all honesty I wasn’t looking for a new job. Tips for negotiating a salary you’re already happy with ? Is there a rule of thumb to ask for 10 k more ? Clearly I’ll take all the money I can , but I don’t want to be too greedy and miss out.

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Hi All, I am looking for Job in Big data. I have recently joined new organization but they have put me in a project which is not matching with my skills. I am very stressed and desperately looking for change. Please help me I can join in 1 month notice period

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I’m new to Canada. Wondering if you charge tax when you are doing freelance? For example, if your hourly rate is $30, do you send the client an invoice with GST/HST ? i.e. $33.9. Any insight would be great! Thank you!

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There is always that one secretary in every home office who has the most obnoxious laugh.

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Baby dandruff-is it really common? Any remedies that y’all know will help? Or should I seek medical help? LO is 10weeks old!

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Talking through salary for a Talent Manager role at one of the Big Firms (McKinsey, Bain or BCG) over seeing specialized strategy and managing a team of 2. I feel the number they gave me is very low...not even six-figures. What would the average salary be for something like this?

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What would you do in this scenario? Been working with a recruiter for a lateral to a big law firm. Went through three rounds of interviews, lateral questionnaire and conflict check. Then, recruiter indicates good news (offer) is coming by email soon. She also indicated they are calling references. She gets good feedback and then, indicated they want a partner rec. Sadly, most of the firms I left were pissed when I quit because they took it personally. Not unusual since they were boutique firms..

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