Most companies have some annual review that seems more tedious than anything else. Many companies go through a process of setting goals, and employees at every level set their own goals based on those of the people immediately above them on the food chain.
While unemployment is still an issue across the United States, the economy is still moving along, and people are finding new jobs. These jobs are often remote, so while they are starting something new, they still are not leaving home.
New York is where the talent is. People from all over head to New York to make their way into any industry, from arts to finance. New York is the home to many of the largest corporations that are very deliberate about who they hire and why.