What are some signs that you’re going to be laid off soon?

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You get an Ad Age article written about you...

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You make an exhibit in the lobby

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Less eye contact from your managers.

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Your workflow suddenly stops, when everyone else is busy.

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When an email from your ECD pops up titled "Catchup"

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You have grey.com in your email address

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You sense intentional distancing from managers/leadership where your work is concerned.

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When the toughest part of your job is fabricating your time sheets

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You’re working on less. If you don’t have the supply, then you aren’t in demand.

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You help the agency win new business and get told you’re doing a good job. Happened to me.

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Workflow dries up. Lots of people checking in on you. Meetings that you’re not part of. If you’re senior, people in leadership are less urgent implementing your plans and approving your hires.

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A random unexpected meeting scheduled from HR

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The agency losing business, especially if it's the one you're assigned to work on.

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@CD1 @AD2, Okay yep, ECD suddenly treating me like office furniture. Lookin’ forward to dat sweet, sweet severance package.

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Your supervisor stops making eye contact.

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Hey I got an email from my ECD called “catch up,” and I didn’t get fired, maybe they care and want to help you! - less work - not being invited to meetings - assigning other people to handle projects you should be on - on a performance warning plan - higher up are having meetings and you feel like they are looking at you

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Your agency stops bringing in interns and freelancers.

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Being asked if you’re going to be in on Monday, when you don’t have any PTO scheduled. Thought it was shady and felt it in my gut, so went and asked my boss if I was getting laid off. He said yes. Beat them to the punch I guess.

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When there’s not much work to do, and you’re asked to train someone else to do that little work so that “we have good coverage”. But they don’t have you train in other things. Happened to me at a small company that was trying to expand, but hired too many people, too early

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Getting not so great feedback from higher ups. Warnings to improve. Not getting good assignments. Boss doesn’t make eye contact

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What happens if you’re an associate and you’re fired for “performance” suddenly. You had a performance review the week before and their was no talk of this. How do you perceive this?

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Magic Leap laid off 50% (!) of their work force?!? This can’t be the cause of the virus.

Those that have been laid off recently are you speaking to an employment lawyer at all? What are the reasons to / not to?

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For those who survived layoffs and crises before, what things and actions made a difference? How'd you come out stronger? Did you pivot into something new entirely?

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When do Q4 layoffs typically start? Right away or at end or throughout?

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are layoffs happening in Deloitte only or other big4 has same trend

Which Big 4 has handled Layoff, Bonus, Hikes etc during Pandemic ( From March of this year till date). Also which Big 4 would be good Firm to join in future ? I am from Tech Consulting services , please vote. 1. Pwc 2. EY 3. KPMG 4. Deloitte

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For those of you that got coached-out/fired from PA, what was the conversation like leading up to it?

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First year associate here - really freaked out by FS layoffs and think I might be next. How am I supposed to find another job after 6 months?

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Can we talk about the failure that is vision 2020? I dunno about yalls office , but here in the south. We've had employees laid off , list multiple clients , and are now trying to pass stuff to India

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hey all, i’m 3 years into my career. some decent work produced, some awards (mostly student). after getting laid off last fall and many many applications and emails sent, I’ve decided to spend time and money on a creative PR stunt to get my dream agencies’ attention. I’ve decided I don’t want to settle any longer, and I’m ready to make the jump to the elite. so people that have made it to their dream agencies: when did it happen for you, what made it happen, and was it everything you hoped for?

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BBH executive layoffs?

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If you are fired at the end of a performance plan does PwC give you severance?

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Senior agency leaders, honest question: If we didn’t have to hand over so much revenue to our holding companies, would there be fewer layoffs?

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Almost afraid to ask after the heavy layoffs I read about last year, but any thoughts on Cadwalader NYC’s funds group?

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For those companies / roles with unlimited pto, how does a payout work if you leave and /or are laid off? Receive nothing or some set amount?

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How do incompetent, toxic Senior Managers not get fired when everyone who's ever worked for them has complained and/or quit while working for them? How do we get them gone??

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I’d be curious to hear about people’s chargeable/billable hours. What are your goals vs actual, best/worst years, etc. I’ve only ever worked at one regional firm so my knowledge is fairly narrow.

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Seeking to transition out of the current industry into cloud computing. Spent the last 2+ years learning and acquiring experience in AWS, CI/CD, Jenkins, AWS Pipeline, GitHub, and Terraform. Honing Bash and Shell scripting. Picked up certifications as a PMP, AWS Cloud Practitioner, and AWS Solution Architect Associate along the way. Already have an MBA. What is the best way to break into the cloud and/or DevOps community?

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Considering pursuing FRM certification. Currently in FS and don’t have a background in business/finance (studied Econ). Would FRM help bridge the subject matter knowledge gap?

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Facebook Product Marketing Manager interview tips?

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Donald - You're fired!

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What do you do when you have enough MQM but don't have enough MQD.... 😔

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What are the potential benefits of working at a deals oriented firm (e.g., LEK, S& Deals, EY-P) as compared to the more traditional Big 4 MC type roles at the post-M level? Really struggling with putting in the hours for the deals centric role as I’m not 100% sure of the longer term payoff (besides short term slight bump in comp).

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Audit Senior 1 trying to exit to a start up where I get to juggle many roles.. anyone have advice on how to do this?

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Any fish play acoustic guitar and would like to give me lessons (on Zoom, will pay)

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When will we see our PBB and promotion bonuses in our accounts?

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Hey All, Got a ride with a Lyft driver today who was a veteran and just lost a friend. Drive was fine, but am worried about drivers mental health. Left a tip and the VA help line # in the comments.

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What are some post MBA job opportunities for those looking to stay in healthcare? I’m aware of the leadership programs from big pharma, but haven’t seen too much else

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I'm supposed to be working right now, but ended up looking and applying for jobs instead. Who says procrastination can't be productive?

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Where is everyone getting holiday party dresses this year? Feeling over RTR but don’t know any other good options...

Interview Anxiety tips? When I’m iffy about the company/role it’s non existent. When it’s a FAANG I’m dying to get into and an absolute perfect fit for it’s unbearable.

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How is things for experienced hire in cognizant for Associate - project in Salesforce Vlocity? I have very basic knowledge of Vlocity and have been offered position in Vlocity technology? How is the growth and work culture for someone coming from other comapany as experienced? How much is probation period , how good to join in need to consider job security as well in congnizat?

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PE is notorious for being difficult to get into unless you’re coming from IB. However, there are success stories for consultants breaking into PE even without an MBA. Which got me thinking, how difficult would it be for a healthcare management consultant to land a spot at a healthcare-focused PE firm?

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Does anyone have any “I made it” items they would get themselves to celebrate a big milestone or promotion?

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Vacation Question- Westin vs W (Paris)?

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What’s generally standard among FAANG companies for offer acceptance once one is extended? If anyone has experience with this, is it one week or is it more flexible? I am trying to schedule final onsite with two companies and hoping I can get timing to line up (in the event I am fortunate enough to have offers).

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