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EY Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 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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    Great company, lots of opportunity to learn and grow

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsFlexible, rewarding, vast variety of work

    ConsThe organization can get very bureaucratic sometimes and things tend to move a bit slowly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It has been a wonderful learning experience.

    Advisory Senior (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Pros1) Great coworkers
    2) Better flexibility than other Big 4 (Advisory Practice)

    Cons1) Benefits are not the best in the industry (Compensation, Bonus, Healthcare etc.)
    2) Mandatory trainings are usually too late for the work you do.
    3) Tough to switch between different practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more transparency about compensation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Grow

    Advisory Senior (Current Employee)

    ProsLeadership, Training, Support, Team Culture

    ConsArea is short-staffed which can lead to a year-round busy season.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on recruiting and retention efforts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At EY I gained a real world experience!

    Assurance Intern (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsI think the best reason to work here is the career focus and opportunities the firm gives its employees.

    ConsI think EY is a really good firm, I don't have any cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnetwork, clients, timing, organization, workmate

    Consworkmate, lack of international project, not clear, wage

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    Advisory Senior Manager (Current Employee) Phila, PA

    ProsAmazing positive culture orientated to professional inclusion

    ConsSAP Start up with little experience at the Executive Level

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    advisory growing pains

    Advisory Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsOfficially a great culture and mindset.... Excellent leadership level employees (PPEDS). Fast growing practice and an optimistic outlook.

    ConsGrowing pains leave a lot of question as to what is going on for Managers and below. Communication is fragmented, inconsistent and confusing. Onboarding of new hires is inconsistent. Everyone in leadership has their own opinions and getting "correct" answers to how to do things can be difficult or impossible. Work is sold to clients by fixed fee and projects are often inadequately staffed. Very long hours (12+/day) and expectations of working on side projects in addition to client work make the workload intolerably burdensome when considering your compensation level. Vacations are cancelled last minute due to client demands; employees are expected to prioritize work demands above personal health and safety during seasons with inclement weather.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe realistic as to what you can demand of your employees outside of client work. Take care hiring so many people into the company. You will dilute and change the culture if you do not consistently onboard and instruct on EY ways of working. Preserve the EY culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Go in with your eyes wide open

    Audit Staff (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    Pros-Extensive access to technical training (lunch-and-learns, 1 week of classroom training per year, plus lots of other available CPE).
    -Average age of the office is about 27-28, so the environment is young and energetic.
    -Fun firm events (baseball games, happy hours, holiday parties), on a monthly basis during the off-season.
    -Large office (approximately 300 people), which makes for good networking opportunities.
    -Potential opportunity to transfer between offices across the U.S. once you reach heavy-senior level (4-5 years).
    -CPA testing and prep reimbursement.
    -Good starting salary as a new hire. Decent benefits and good 401(k) election options.
    -Highly intelligent coworkers. Everyone is capable and it makes for a stimulating environment.

    Cons-Extreme lack of staffing at the senior and manager levels. This means: a) seniors and managers still left at the firm are intensely overworked (65 hours/week during the off season and 75+ during busy season) and b) there are fewer available mentors for the new and experienced staff. Many projects have staff working directly with senior managers and partners because so many managers and seniors have quit.

    -Extremely long hours. Even during the "off season," 80% of people will be in the office from 8-7, and 25% from 8 - 8. Expect 12 hour days year round.

    -Disregard for personal life/time. I've taken 5 vacation days in a year and had to fight for the time off. Managers will ALWAYS complain when you are taking time off.

    -The firm will take everything you give it. If you work 14 hour days and never take any vacation, no one will bat an eye. You'll probably be given more work.

    -Pay is mediocre after the first few years relative to the number of hours you're working.

    -Extremely competitive. Jockeying for performance bonuses starts at the senior levels and continues through the ranks. Politics, gossip, and back-talk are intense.

    -NO TUITION REIMBURSEMENT FOR GRADUATE STUDIES/ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION (beyond your CPA). All of the other Big 4 in Minneapolis will at least cover up to the IRS allowed tax-free tuition reimbursement ($5,250). EY does not pay for any of it. If you're planning to get a CFA, MBA, MBT, etc, look elsewhere or plan on getting scholarships, loans, or paying for it yourself.

    **Overall: Go in with your eyes wide open. Great place to start, bad place to stay.

    Advice to Senior Management-Hire more seniors and managers to alleviate unbalanced engagements.
    -Bring back the tuition reimbursement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Limited leadership and people development

    Valuation Analyst (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCorporate perks, EY brand internationally quite popular, local brand recognition better than regional and national firms.Immediate access to regulatory changes, access to national practice leaders and thought leaders.

    ConsLimited people development efforts and leadership development efforts, subjective review/feedback process, which will hinder your personal and professional growth, lack of time/expectation management - therefore, folks tend to work long-hours. Limited quality in work -- some regional firms have better work quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees (consciously) to prevent high turnover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for a couple of years

    Audit Staff (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMeet cool people but there is no work life balance

    Consno work life balance and hours are crazy

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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