EY
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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.6 4,121 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger

Mark Weinberger

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Terrible experience, Partners incompetent

    INV Banking (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEY generates a strong brand within financial services that can be leveraged for other, better pursuits. Also the firm does provide good benefits (at the Manager+ levels)

    ConsWorking at EY was pretty much a waste of time. To be clear, I worked in the Capital Advisory group at EY (broker/dealer). In sum, the Partners within the Practice basically could not sell work, many of which focused more on their golf skills on the course than teeing up deals to sell for the Associates. Also, the associates mix in technical skill sets varied, indicating that EY does not rigorously weed out bad talent. The biggest problem with the firm is senior management, where the competent/incompetent Partners stand at a ratio of 10/90. The firm, at least my group, further was very non-collegial and there was a lot of backstabbing/throwing colleagues under the bus just to impress the Partners; far more brown nosing than true competence. Glad I left!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire Partners who do not bring in deals/generate revenue for the firm, simple as that. You are wasting time subsidizing their salaries and total comp with the real Partners who can sell. Implement a more collaborative working environment by bringing in more outside talent than jus home growing most of your partners.

    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

    Auditor (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsLearn a lot and good opportunity if you quit

    ConsWork long hours and sometimes boring work

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to pay more and cut hours

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

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    Pyramid Scheme

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsA lot of great benefits and the pay is good. Or at least the pay is good until you realize how many hours you're working. You have great skills transferability. Work here for one year, take advantage of the benefits, and leave.

    ConsYou end up working long hours. Especially if you travel, you will only get one day off a week. They tell you that you'll only work Monday through Thursday, but to keep up appearances to the client, you end up staying until at least 5pm on Friday. This place is a pyramid scheme and the partners are out of touch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit using smoke and mirrors about how great it is here and actually talk to your staff.

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

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    Tax Manager in The Atlanta office

    Tax Manager (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThis is a good job if you're looking for a Resume builder, training, benefits,

    ConsSweatshop to the extreme, generally lowest salaries of BIG 4

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Media Ratings Advisory Services (MRAS) - Deceived during interview process - STAY AWAY!

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Tampa, FL

    ProsOverall it is just like any other big 4 when it comes to people. Generally everyone was very nice and cordial. Good pay considering the economy.

    ConsExtreme management issues. Teams are broken into TV, Radio, Internet and International - Radio, Print and TV. Some teams are stronger than others and are very organized. Others however lack strong leaders that take charge and truly understand teamwork. You are encouraged to seek work AGGRESSIVELY when you are not assigned to a full week. Mixed signals from management across majority of teams. I would strongly consider a position in this division within advisory. There is a glass ceiling that no one talks about. Experience with this area does not translate into industry with the exception of current clients. Some managers are not effective at managing time. One in particular is notorious for proving 8 hours of work on a wednesday afternoon around 3:00pm and expects it to be completed the same day. If you are EXTREMELY desperate and needing a job, that is the only reason I would suggest this team Stay away! Look into other advisory teams or the tax/audit side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake ownership of the work you are providing to seniors and staff. Communicate clearly and effectively. Manage time so that work is distributed evenly throughout the day, or to your best ability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    MRAS Senior - Biggest Mistake Of My Career!!!

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Tampa, FL

    ProsA slight taste of the "Big 4" experience.

    ConsI will not comment on the Tax or Assurance side of the firm, however I would not recommend the Advisory - MRAS group to anyone! Do yourself a favor and continue your search.

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    Firm is all about the partners making money

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood people below partner level

    ConsCulture has gone downhill, would not recommend the firm

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

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    Bloodsuckers

    Manager Advisory Services (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe pay and brand name on your resume.

    ConsSince EY has expanded their advisory services practice their retention and work satisfaction in that practice has been horrible. People are being over worked under served and under payed. The partners are cleaning up. It has turned into a chop shop for consulting services.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompletely rethink your advisory expansion and how it impacts your overall culture and the health and life of 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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    Terrible experience

    Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsGreat group of people hired at same time as me!

    ConsWork you to death. Do not care about work life balance. You will not have a life. They do not listen to suggestions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not worth it.

    IT Advisory Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood/decent growth since they place a lot of responsibility on you
    Some of the people are great to work with, very focused and professional

    ConsCompensation - All of the big 4 underpay with 'future' promises of a windfall if/when you make partner. At the end of the day, after late nights and weekends, you'll feel extremely short-changed. Those who are motivated (and smart) are better served leaving as Managers.
    Culture - Even though it definitely is not as aggressive as the other big 4, it leaves a lot to be desired. Extremely conservative and risk averse, there is a huge disconnect between the staff/senior and upper management. A spine is something they need, since they often fail to take a stance in front of clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpread the wealth, you charge the client a ridiculous hourly rate yet only the partners really see the lions share of that money, especially those who are retired (in this age, a fat pension is dragging you back). Do what it takes to raise the standards of your consultants (incentives, layoffs) and them compensate them appropriately. A top heavy structure is crushing the staff, those who are smart and motivated will do what it takes to make it to the top, incentivize them.

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

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