EY Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
4,474 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 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 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Physically nice work locations and many ways activities outside of work. Shared-services group is huge, including marketers, designers and proofreaders.

    Cons

    Work-environment is a political battlefield plagued with hidden agenda. Review process fails to recognize individual performance unless recognized by an executive advocate. People often fell through cracks during promotion process and received little explanation why promotions were missed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inexperience is abundant in ranks of Manager thru Senior Manager. Promotion occurs much too early, especially from staff to Senior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Its as close to "Management Consulting" experience as many will get an opportunity in, especially those who work in the industry. Also, you work on different things every few months, therefore work is interesting.

    Cons

    1. Senior leadership pushes the people-culture agenda, but in reality that is not always the case. Given the expected growth rate, a lot of PPEDs and senior managers are under pressure for results. Nothing wrong with it, but some are very unprofessional and expect you to drop everything to help them (including client work).

    2. Given the focus on utilization, folks are being put on projects outside their field with the hope to move them as soon as possible (lucky for me, this has not been the case)

    3. Some promotions are based on "perceived hard work" vs. actual quality of work performed. Not sure why this is being promoted, but this was definitely the case in this year's promotion cycle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Few years ago, this was a great firm and everyone promoted the people-culture set the senior management. Now, its more focused has shifted and its like any other firm. It does not differentiate itself for high-quality workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Upstairs/Downstairs" culture at EY

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    EY has a database or program or department for anything you could possibly think of- amazing.

    Cons

    The office atmosphere is toxic from office manager (and some staff) who should have retired LONG ago. The admins stay in the same position for 37-40 years, some of them. Toooo long! They need to shuffle it up to keep things fresh and to keep these people willing to learn new methods of working, make them open to new hires. As it is, it's toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administrative staff is invisible to the Masters of the Universe at EY. They are SO stingy with raises, no rewards for admin staff for going above & beyond, no recognition for admins. Now, if you are on the "Upstairs" part of the EY culture, things are different.
    Sending so many jobs to India is unpatriotic, how about help out Americans?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Don't work for San Francisco ESS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESS  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ESS in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great but beware of the golden handcuffs. Good vacation and health benefits but challenging environment. Pay is middle of the market. There are some great people that work for this company and in the San Francisco office but rarely in the ESS department and more specifically, not in ESS leadership. With a good business case, employees can get on a Flexible Work Arrangement. Their professional networks are a GREAT way to practice leadership.

    Cons

    Pessimistic leadership. San Francisco office participation in events is routinely at 30% to 40% and lower for the PPEDDs (partner/ principles, executive directors and directors). How sad is that? ESS (Enterprise Support Services) is a very dysfunctional group with lots of people putting each other down in hopes of their own success. ESS management does not invest in training nor acknowledge what it's employees have to offer. It's rare to grow into a different role and you're quickly locked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in those who work for you. They may actually work harder. Also, don't tell them people will promote them or mentor them and then not do it. I've heard this story many times from people who initially believed in you. It hurt them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overworked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Denver, CO

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I liked the recruitment process and the internship because they really focused on teaching and caring for their employees. Another aspect that was a positive were the people. My seniors really worked hard to develop staff. I gained great public accounting experience to take potentially into industry. And it looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    I felt like I was only learning small pieces of the big picture. So much was automated so that you didn't have to think for yourself. This would hurt me in the future. I also found that every level, even partners, worked tirelessly, and that I would never get to a point where there was actually work life balance. With so much turnover you are left with college grads and employees that are "comfortable" in public accounting. Most of the great talent leaves for industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexibility with work schedules. Offer more pay and benefits so you can increase the staff number so that people are not over worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Audit Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Really great co-workers
    -Excellent team building events
    -Firm provides many courses to cover CPE

    Cons

    -Hours
    -Understaffed
    -Lack of mentorship
    -Office politics lead to a stressful work atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your staff and encourage teams to take time off instead of promoting long hours as a false pretense to efficiency.

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

    Atlanta Office is Southern is a good ol boys club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, flexiblity, new experiences (although not exciting...just new)

    Cons

    If you are not white and/or male and did not go to an SEC school, you will fall through the cracks here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CARE ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE MORE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    At USA - Exploitation, Unprofessional, Horrible stories on immigration, No Family Life, Gang up practice like Guidewire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are from college, it's a best place for inexperienced people to learn like a school.
    If you are Sr manager or program/partner in group like Guidewire , you simply don't have to work or dont have to get new business....just get commissions without giving new client to EY. Fun right?

    Cons

    No work ethics, No Family Life, Heard and seen horrible immigration stories, No good salary hikes,
    IF YOU ARE WORKING IN GROUPS LIKE GUIDE WIRE, YOU ARE AT WORST PLACE.
    Only join as Sr Mgr or Partner to have fun and commissions without any work or new client :) Who says sales needs contacts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to employees and mainly ex-employees. As of now, management does not even talk or get feedback. Management was badly rated due to no actions on issues like in Guidewire group of Insurance technology. Can not comment on new CEO (someone called turley) as old one was totally useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Procedures and discretionary evaluation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior
    Former Employee - Senior

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You have to grow in terms of competence and capability to make decisions and take responsibility.

    Cons

    No work-life balance or flexibility; It's more important to stay in office till night instead of deliver a good output. There's no culture of quantitative performance management, so most of the evaluation depends on your "feeling" with the boss. Your grow it's only up to you, there's no facilitation, often you can't attend courses or you aren't invited to courses because the first goal it's business, not your development. There's a procedure for everyything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To clearly define goals, KPI and better evaluate workloads and contributions of each team member.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work you hard to weed out those who won't commit their lives

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Staff  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Providence, RI

    I worked at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, consistent yearly promotions

    Cons

    No work-home life balance. They say it's flexible, but that's only if you are manager or higher. No flexibility to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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