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Compensation!

Been a month or so since we found out about our compensation. People asked me how I thought the raises would be, and I honestly had no idea. The higher up you go, the less you hear the gossip since many of your colleagues who started with you have left. It is really funny how open some people are about compensation sometimes. The staff always seem excited because they've never been through this process before.
 Overall, compensation this year seemed to be within expectations. I've really become numb to it at this point, it's nice to have the number increase, but that's about it. For those of you interested in numbers, head to going concern.


Comments

Anonymous said…
Good luck with your compensation, dude!! I think you will get a really good deserved bonus, as you work really hard and seem to be a honest guy and a good team player.

Thanks again for keeping this blog alive.

Regards from Spain, a bit depressed on my first working day after my summer holidays ;-)


Cheers,
M
OJ said…
Hi!

I've been following your blog for a while and I have just started as a trainee auditor in the UK. I've just started up my own blog based on my experiences...etc You can find it here;
http://lifeinoneofthebig4.blogspot.co.uk/

Just thought I'd let you know. Keep on updating. Cheers

O
I am very thankful I came across with your blog because it is very informative. highly recommend.
Anonymous said…
Thank for sharing with us!! Its interesting to me.
Anonymous said…
Quick question - If you're given the opportunity to stay within the firm and transition cross functions in a Big 4, say from Audit to Advisory/IT Risk, do they adjust your salary to match your peers in the destination function? Would a first year audit senior transitioning to a first year advisory senior make the same as if he started at the firm as an advisory staff?

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