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Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
5,079 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 701 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 734 reviews)

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  1.  

    Expecting a mess...if you choose to work here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Clients are mostly smart and professional. Expecting to learn a lot from various companies and different industries.

    Cons

    - Managers and some seniors seem to be less organized. Poor people culture around the firm. Seniors act like they own the world and treat the staff extremely bad. Very smart town feel so expect to hear about what happened to your grandma around the whole office if you had just told one person.
    - Less likely to be appreciated if your other team members are not efficient. The managers failed to recognize pro&cons of each individual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Well respected company, Stressful, Long hours, Now work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Dallas, TX

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training program
    Great experience
    Awesome resume builder that opens many doors
    Remote access
    Exposure to various clients and industries

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Long hours - I often worked past midnight during busy season
    Not a good environment for people with children and families
    Stressful environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Client Serving Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Good exposure, learn a lot about global tax engagements and how they work. It will really give you good insight into how Big 4 firms work and if you want to be there or not.

    Cons

    Lots of tedious mind numbing work in excel, attaching files to emails, and in systems. Very administrative. This is basically a job managing the BPO team in India and making sure they followup on tax returns that should be completed by local teams. Sounds easy right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer a great place to work for, jump ship while you can

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits, had a good reputation.

    Cons

    The IT section is subject to restructuring every 3-4 years. That's when a new CIO comes in, he/she turns every thing up side down, move people, groups, processes around, declare victory then leave. They try to make a name for themselves. Now this mentality is in the mid-lower management. EY today has no continuity, no value, nothing. It's every man for himself to try to align, survive the constant restructuring. Hard work will get you no where if you don't kiss up to the right boss and step on other people.

    You are not valued for your service, work to the company. If you are viewed as an expense or you are not aligned to the correct politics(kiss up to right boss who is moving up), you are gone. Seen this happen over and over at EY.

    Ever since EY moved the IT jobs to the cheaper labor markets, India, now Argentina, the management has been trying to get rid of US people. There is no pride, no moral in the company.

    Every US employee is thinking of jumping off the ship before it sinks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeps continuity at the top management level. Promote from within to preserve EY tradition and value or what little is left of it. You move jobs to overseas. You don't care about US economy and your own people that gave many years of service and dedication. Don't be surprised when people leave for greener pasture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away if you can.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Boston, MA

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is good, client base is diverse, which leads you to be a "jack of all trades", but a master of none.

    Cons

    Way too many. Review process is inherently flawed, since staff are subject to the whims of their seniors. As in my case, a senior provided me positive feedback onto to screw me in the review process. I found that the least intelligent people I worked with are still there; this is due to the fact that the people who weren't that smart took the verbal abuse and skirted the rules when appropriate. If you're smart, you're a threat, and they try to force you out so you don't ruffle any feathers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the review process. Allow more feedback from staff so they don't get disenchanted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Introduction to the consulting field but not much more than that. You do learn how not to treat employees.

    Cons

    Worse company I have ever worked for. Partners only care about their specific project and does not care about your own situation. They show up occasionally to pay for a meal and an event and leave you to pick up the pieces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to your prospective candidates and tell them their POTENTIAL bonus and end up stiffing them after they spend 80% of their time traveling. No surprise that the average length of a new experienced employee is 1 1/2 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Define Flexible, Define Patient

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Risk and Assurance Staff in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - IT Risk and Assurance Staff in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at EY is a great opportunity to learn. You see a lot of different companies, you learn how they operate, and you learn how to work with people in a variety of environments and cultures.

    Cons

    The hours are terrible
    The work is tedious and repetitive
    Management plans poorly for overlapping projects and blame staff for the resulting problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to employees when they come to them with problems. EY prides itself on hiring driven, intelligent people. That kind of person doesn't go to their boss saying they can't handle the workload they have unless they really can't.
    be more transparent about internal processes, specifically transfers. establish a clear process and a way to guide those employees that do transfer through it. teach that to the people consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Won't return with twice the salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TAS in New York, NY
    Former Employee - TAS in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Some people are very smart
    - EY designated holidays

    Cons

    - Unapproachable partners who do not care about people and their development
    - No team building whatsoever
    - Second tier jock overachiever culture
    - Junior people are treated as replaceable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lie more, don't change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretentious company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Some associates were nice and polite

    Cons

    worst big 4 that is composed full of fake individuals.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    High-strung, intense, work-obsessed culture that doesn't care about anything but the bottom line.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At least in the early years, you're surrounded by peers in your demo. You make a lot of friends who have similar interests, passions, and are in similar places in life. This decreases, though, the higher you ascend the ranks. The comradery ends quickly after becoming anything higher than a Senior.

    Cons

    Most people don't live to work, but the culture here, and at any Big Four, is that you're not likely to ascend the ranks unless work is the center of your life. Look at the number of Senior Managers and Partners with multiple divorces or aren't married at all. Their claim of work-life balance is that they bring their kids to firm events. The firm is the center. People with any sort of desire to have a life outside of work leave within a few years, so all that's left to run the company are, on the whole, the worst type-A automatons imaginable. They're fierce and unforgiving and have little tolerance for even the most inconsequential mistakes. It's an accounting firm, not a military regimen. If your sole purpose in life is to sit in a 5x5 cubicle to find every last cent, yeah it's a fantastic place to work and you'll fit right in. Otherwise, take the 2-3 years of connections and experience and run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the fact that most people would rather be not at work than work. Maybe not managers, but the rest of the population would rather spend time with their kids, be outside, taking trips, enjoying life etc. We work because we HAVE to not because we WANT to. It's accounting, after all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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