Oliver Alcock

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After being sacked by PwC – one of the UK’s biggest accountancy firms – Oliver Alcock, a graduate trainee, marked his departure from the company via a confessional and highly controversial email to colleagues, slamming the organisation.

The email was initially sent to some of his colleagues, but soon managed to escape the confines of the group, making its way around the office and landing on the desks of his bosses – who were less than impressed. Within the email, Alcock expressed relief at being fired due to a “low boredom threshold” and a “selfish desire to have a social life”.

Confessing all of his sins

Referring to PwC as a “meat grinder”, Alcock’s email brazenly reveals the extent of his contempt for his role whilst also tearing apart his job description and documenting the tasks he did and did not do on a daily basis. He confesses that some of the tasks he didn’t perform included:

• Learning anything in a PwC training course
• Doing much overtime
• Passing his exams
• Learning about Excel
• Self-reviewing his work
• Playing table tennis well

In contrast, he did manage to:

• Claim a lot of mileage money
• See the inside of “lots of grim local government and NHS buildings”
• Pick Mahrez in the office’s fantasy football league
• Bring his own tea, milk and mug to work
• Tour Stoke-on-Trent’s supermarket pharmacies
• Attend meetings that were “dominated” by a specific individual

Leaving a bad impression

Speaking to The Tab, Alcock revealed that although his email amused some of his former colleagues, the more senior members of PwC banned him from attending the company summer ball.

Although Alcock chose to stay silent about the reason why he was fired, a spokesman for PwC confirmed that he lost his job as he failed his exams for the ACA qualification. The company also wished him well for the future. More interested in finding “easier ways to make money”, Alcock is now said to be seeking a career in a different field.

Deana Bates, Solicitor in Employment Law, comments:

“Whilst Oliver didn’t enjoy his time at PwC, this doesn’t excuse the way in which he behaved. He might not realise it at this point in time, but his actions might now severely affect his chances of securing employment at another organisation in the future – especially since his exit from PwC made its way into the media.”

“PwC might even consider taking legal action against Oliver if they believe that his statements about the company have brought PwC into disrepute.”

“Although Oliver didn’t express much sorrow over leaving his job, it’s understandable that other employees who are dismissed under different circumstances may feel disgruntled, if – for example –they have been unfairly dismissed. Rather than airing any grievances in the manner Oliver did and risk damaging your own reputation and that of the company, it is always better to speak to a legal expert to discuss whether the circumstances leading up to your dismissal give rise to a claim against your employer.”

Written by Deana Bates

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