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Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.6 4,167 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger

Mark Weinberger

(578 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance(in 197 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family(in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political(in 577 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours(in 625 reviews)

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    Forward thinking is not encourage. Old ideas and culture. Technology is out dated

    Assistant Director (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe Compensation and benefits are very good. It is not enough to put up with lack of skills internally in IT.

    ConsNo collaboration across teams or organization, out dated technology, unyeilding to change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange your style of managing, but listening to your employee. Move away from the intimidation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Broken IT Services-OSS management

    Onsite Services Technician (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsDecent pay if you don't mind the life-ending stress

    ConsBroken management, especially in IT-Services; High stress, treats employees like a yo-yo

    Advice to Senior ManagementCurrent IT Services management (specifically in Atlanta and Alpharetta) needs to be fixed!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot but no work/life balance.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsCan have the chance to work on different kinds of projects.

    ConsVERY long hours and no work/life balance
    Pressure to constantly be working, even while on vacation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    HORRIBLE!

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThere is nothing positive about working at this place. It is horrible!! And they treat their employees like crap.

    ConsEverything. Benefits are bad. Pay is bad. Hours are too long. Management is bad. The culture is bad. I never knew how wonderful a job could be until I left E&Y.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit treating your assistants like garbage. Do more for your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Things that look great outside arent really great inside

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsMay be just the brand name and nothing much of a benefit other than working for this firm

    ConsYou will not be deployed on projects you were hired for
    You will not develop any expertise in any specific space
    The whole advisory is a joke and I dont see this going anywhere
    They care less about the people, infact they hardly care about people
    Staffing is the wierdest and funniest process of all
    I would strongly suggest for college grads who are looking to start their career in consulting please stay away from EY advisory
    Oh wait, compensation and salary raise is 1/100000th of what other comparative firms offer

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are your asset and treasure them. Hire based on your need and treat everyone with professionalism and respect. Very very poor leadership skills from top to bottom.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you enjoy passive aggressive, this place is for you.

    Senior (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat opportunities are available if the right people have your back and if you are willing to give up your life to work for them.
    Big 4 on your resume increases career opportunities.

    ConsVery passive-aggressive environment.
    Terrible communication from senior managers and partners.
    Reviews are based on the opinion of one or two senior managers & partners rather than your documented reviews.
    Ratings are pushed down to save money on raises.
    Terrible work hours, no work-life balance.
    Your success is very dependent on you knowing the right people.
    They reward people who complain constantly rather than hard work.
    Employees are treated as if they are disposable.
    Many superiors would rather do the work themselves than teach, and then turn around and give poor reviews.
    You are rated against peers across the US, when opportunities are not the same. Different areas have different clients, different offices rate differently, etc.
    Competition across employees is encouraged, and the teamwork aspect of audit teams is not emphasized or encouraged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreating employees with a little respect and consideration would go a long way. Encouraging teams to work together and rely on each other rather than fostering competition within them would help audits be more efficient.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworked with constant change and poor leadership.

    Tax Associate (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThe pay is pretty good. They hire great employees who are hard workers. It's a well known company that looks great on your resume.

    ConsConstant change with no care for employee's personal life. Schedules can change from week to week. Management doesn't talk to staff much. Management staff talk down to you at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to communicate with your staff. You cannot do it without your staff, so communication is very important. Don't make your employees feel like you don't value them being there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If all you want to do professionally is test security and compliance controls, this is the place for you

    Senior IT Auditor (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsSometimes you'll do cool projects that are operations oriented; pay scale is aggressive; nice way manage people quickly.

    ConsThis is in regards to an IT audit position:

    Most of the time you will be doing compliance work, which by nature, is incredibly boring.

    My office loved to promise the world to our clients, and then the staff got to pay by working long hours. This is because management is so concerned about selling work they don't care about the consequences. Where I worked, it was "client first" not "people first". The work life balance they are so fond of talking about was not in place.

    They'll promise you in the job interview that you'll be working at lots of different companies doing neat work, but what they don't tell you is that they will only train you for Sarbanes Oxley control work. If you want to get in on the good, interesting training sessions (like Oracle or SAP implementation classes that are on the opposite coast and only occur once a year) you have to REALLY FIGHT for it - because they will always have some job for you to do that takes precedence because it helps your utilization. Also because the local office doesn't want to pay for your travel.

    I gotta repeat this so it sinks in for you - companies don't typically hire consultants to do work to create new IP - the IT audit work is typically compliance initiatives they don't want to bother using their own people to do. I worked at multiple Fortune 100 companies, but the work was still horribly boring.

    It's a crap shoot as to whether or not you will work with a manager or senior manager that cares about engagements. I only had one in my entire time there that was actually worried about our work product and not just selling more services to the client. Most of the time, they are trying to push their work down on you, which would be good and fine if they trained you to do it, but they don't. Also, bad managers don't care about your bandwidth, they just expect you to get it done.

    Heaven forbid an engagement "goes south" on you - because senior managers and managers are writing reviews, they like to push the blame down and make the staff look bad. I was on a team of 20 people that worked really hard, but because the statement of work (i.e. the client's expectations) was nebulous, we continually delivered a product that the client wanted changed. The project was managed very poorly, because management was too busy selling to define the final goal prior to starting. But, at the end of the engagement, guess who got stuck with the bad reviews? Not management.

    Speaking of reviews - every job requires a thesis on people who work under you. It is extremely over engineered. Staff get reviewed for things like "market growth" which they have no control over, because they don't sell work. Also, mandatory yearly goals are set, so don't expect absolute freedom to direct your growth.

    The tools you work with are ATROCIOUS, even on the IT Audit side. Lotus Notes, several versions back, was the email client while I was there (it was 10+ years old, and operated like it was 20 years old). I used Microsoft Groove to share engagement files, which is a product Microsoft discontinued a long time ago. And for consulting work, I used Paisely GRC, which I honestly can't even believe E&Y paid for. For a company that prides itself on being so forward thinking, the IT department REALLY failed. Ernst & Young needed to hire a real tech consultant to turn around their abysmal IT situation.

    You'll also travel a lot, but it is not to big cities worth visiting. It is to data centers in the middle of nowhere and corporate parks on the outskirts of the city. For training, you go to Cleveland. CLEVELAND. Not a top destination spot, by a long shot.

    Honestly, if you are someone who simply wants a big company on your resume, you should take a step back and really think about your career - REAL consulting work is happening at Bain, McKinsey, LEK, Accenture, etc. They will work you to the bone as well, but at least the work you are doing will be interesting. Padding your resume with compliance work might secure you a career, but I can't adequately put into words how mind numbingly boring controls work is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive by what you sell to potential employees - be people first, not client first. Actually consider the work life balance of those under you. Ask yourself "If my subordinate is performing poorly, is it because I haven't adequately trained them?" Get new tech tools. Let employees control their careers more. Stop being so Sarbanes Oxley focused - it is incredibly boring, monotonous work that should be automated at this point.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Cleveland, OH

    Prosnone, I don't see they getting any better until they have good leadership

    Consthey have the worst "onboarding" for new contractors that I have ever experienced.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pain and Suffering

    Assurance Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsJob Security is one great benefit. If you like a steady work environment with a low risk and low reward profile this job will fit.

    ConsMiserable work life balance and everyone who has been there a long time does not like their lives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the culture....soon

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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