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EY Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
5,118 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Endless work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Nice perks and lots of food

    Cons

    Better like your coworkers because you'll see them more than your family, friends, animals and significant others combined

  2.  

    Large firm with great exit opportunities. Extremely understaffed and lacking in compensation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    EY provides great opportunities to work on large clients spanning across industries. You will learn business acumen and project management.

    Cons

    The firm is always understaffed. The attrition has been particularly high recently as many dissatisfied employees seek alternative opportunities. Also, compensation and raises are below market which contributes further to the attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Felt like High School again... you really have to come here right out of college, and then get out fast.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Big 4 name recognition; definitely opens doors in the business world.
    - Most co-workers are very nice and willing to help you with anything!

    Cons

    Most co-workers are also really young; not a lot of people stick around for long, and if they do, they're not doing the day-to-day grunt work. Therefore, a lot of people you work with are very inexperienced and immature (but they get by on their enthusiasm) and you can expect a lot of hand-holding.

    I felt really old (and I'm only 27!) and way above being talked to like a high school student... expected to attend team happy hours (after already putting in 12 hour days), plan and lead different social events, get involved in the EY community, etc. All that stuff is great if it's optional, but when your annual review/raise depends on it, it's not such a good environment for a grown person with a family at home.

    I had to leave after my annual review.... I only got an overall 3 out of 5, and my "counselor" (what a joke! she was younger than me, dumb as a rock, and rude, constantly gossiping about coworkers, etc.) advised me that she couldn't recommend me for a higher rating because I wasn't as involved in the EY community as Employee A (her best friend). Meanwhile, Employee A, was also the one who blurted out in a client meeting that all of their jobs were being outsourced to the Philippines! At least I can do my job.

    Very clique-y in the New York Office, at least in Advisory. Most people were either young and inexperienced, or ruthless and cutthroat. On all of my trips however, other offices seemed very nice in comparison. Overall, the money was very poor, and there was very little work that I could be proud of there, because it was all micro-managed, so I left for a mid-range CPA firm up the block. And I couldn't be happier!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New York Office needs some help. It's a giant free for all with everyone out for themselves. And no respect for experienced hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Intern in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at EY as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Recognition and incentive programs for full-time employees (cash awards/bonuses); ample access to firm-wide resources (industry guides; online research databases, etc); exposure to high-profile clients (Fortune 100); many benefits for full-time employees with families/children, structured social and teaming events for interns; opportunities for advancement within EY; Big 4 experience is always a plus.

    Cons

    Intern service line training sessions were inconsistent with the duties assumed in your respective office; EY emphasizes inclusiveness and teaming at the national level, but this is not always enforced in your respective office; outdated software (Lotus Notes); stingy with hardware (monitors, keyboards, etc); stuffy office culture that emphasized being the MVP, rather than a team player/mentor figure; compensation and 401K matching lags far behind Industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your interns, and push local office management to ensure that peer advisers/counselors are living up to their responsibilities; be more generous with hardware (dual monitors, a keyboard, and a docking station will go a long way in non-audit roles).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good place to build up the CV

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    build up your CV, flexibility of vacation time

    Cons

    no work-life balance at all

  7.  

    Opportunity to work on projects in a variety of industries but culture does not promote collaboration

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pros include gaining experience in a variety of industries, exposure to senior management of client companies, project management and finance skills

    Cons

    Challenges include lack of collaboration, high turnover, long work hours with short notices resulting in difficult life balance. Leadership style and review process promote cliques rather than building skills across employee base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suggest a focus on improving turnover rates by building a better leadership and compensation style

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place for bschool grads

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

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

    Pros

    Network of smart people to work with on some projects. Good place for people with tech background and BS/MS degrees.

    Cons

    A bonus structure that doesn't incentivize you to achieve the best. Average pay. Most projects are IT implementation focused. Not much of strategic work where you can apply business school learning. Performance review method is flawed. Live and die by utilization numbers.Not much variety in terms of work. Learning curve becomes flat in less than a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people. Be open and honest in communication. Have a bonus structure that encourages a person to excel and go above and beyond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very inefficient company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at EY full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Extremely inflexible and inefficient way of doing projects

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

    audit associate

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    look at stuff from high level

    Cons

    super long long hours super long

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work arrangements, work abroad opportunities

    Cons

    Reactive management, terrible raises/bonuses, bureaucratic methods, little proactive steps taken, too much admin work for professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive in giving your people incentives to stay, listen to people's complaints, share the wealth, stop hiding behind "market rate studies".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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