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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
5,086 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. 47 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience in Advisory Services (Consulting)

    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory Services in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Good expense policy (appropriate allowances for breakfast/dinner and you can keep all rewards points for airfare, lodging, rental cars, etc).
    -Culture is very people oriented. Flexibility and employee work/life balance is stressed greatly by management. EY stresses the importance of taking care of one another. Great maternity / parental leave policies and very flexible work arrangements are available when you need it. I often worked remote from my wife's apartment when we were long distance.
    -Work life balance is awesome (don't believe the rumors, if you're a smart person and you produce good work, EY will reward you with a generous work life balance).
    -Vacation policy! 21 days for managers plus 3 personal days and unlimited sick days.
    -Most teams will work from home on Fridays when traveling
    -EY has a program where you can decide not to accept a blackberry and instead have EY pay your personal cell bill (up to $150 / month for managers).
    -Events thrown by EY are larger than life (especially the events when you're promoted to Manager, Sr Manager, or Partner). They are truly amazing experiences.
    -Opportunity to see many different companies across a broad range of industries
    -Lots of professional development opportunities
    -High potential for advancement. You do not have to wait for a spot to "open up" to get promoted.
    -HR is wonderful
    -EY really tries to take care of employees at an individual level. If you're unhappy, you can actually talk to HR and they'll work with you to find a part of the company where you fit.

    Cons

    -In Advisory Services, travel can be up to 90% (but if you like to travel then this is a "pro")
    -Often our clients are in pretty remote places that take a long time to get to (ie: Peoria, IL or Wausau, WI) which makes travel exhausting and difficult.
    -Consulting in general is very sales-like. As you move up, be prepared to act more like a salsman than subject matter expert.
    -EY pays slightly lower than other similar firms
    -Annual bonus' are very low (10% is the max allowable bonus for a manager, no matter how well you perform). Bonus' for average rated employees are about 2-4%.
    -Lack of leadership training leads to senior leaders who are knowledgable but lack leadership skills
    -Projects entirely depend on the Partner and Sr Manager's interpretations of policy. Some are extremely strict with expenses and time-on-site, while others are more lax. You could perform the exact same project with different teams and have completely different experiences.
    -You rarely work on your expertise. Advisory services tend to place bodies on projects, sometimes disregarding the individuals skill set in favor of quickly staffing an engagement.
    -Although you are asked to choose a secor alignment (technology, consumer products, etc), you rarey work in your sector, instead servicing whatever industry of whatever project needs staffing next.
    -Lots of administrative tasks on a regluar basis interfer with clien-work (review process, for example, is very long).
    -Work is often repetative and boring. Because they seem to assign resources at random, you may be working on a project which you have absolutely no experience for. You'll then spend your time reading things online and desperately trying to get a clue enough so you can make wahtever deliverables your team has agreed to. Lots of PowerPoint and Excel...LOTS!

    Research the consulting industry! Many of the Pro's and Con's of consulting apply here. It's not a 9-5 type of job so know what you're getting into before you join and you'll likely be pleased with EY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know the staffing system is currently being worked on, but any improvement in matching relevant experience and interests with client work would greatly improve morale and help employee retention. Nobody wants to be assigned to an engagement with virtually no useful experience. This creates months of feeling inadequate, frustrated, and eventually, apathetic. Employee apathy is the ultimate business killer. Also, 90% travel is very tough after a few years. All consulting firms struggle with this, but anything management can do, policy wise, to lessen the burden would help set EY's consulting apart from a potential employee point of view.

  2.  

    Great company, excpetional work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded, good work environment, great people to be around.

    Cons

    Lots of work. Don't take an offer thinking you can slouch around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive working environment with a personal approch

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

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

    Pros

    - Personal experience despite size
     - Global reach: you get to work with the world's most influential companies and you get to do so with a very diverse team.
    - All about getting the most of each employee - providing a personal development route to every individual.

    Cons

    Not all EY offices are made equal - as it is a partnership and not a real global firm, you will notice that different EY firms are not as good to their employees as much as the US or UK firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place for long term career

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    People culture, varied assignments, growth and investment

    Cons

    Training infrastructure in certain areas still emerging, compensation relative to competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Inclusive culture from partners to staff

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

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

    Pros

    Pros include: The culture is inclusive and is demonstrated from the top down, the travel opportunities are limitless and world class training all make EY a great place to work.

    Cons

    The downside to EY is that middle management leaves a lot to be desired, communication was infrequent, promotions are based on age.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great People and lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    very long hours, weekend work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    I think there are a lot of pros to wroking at EY.

    Cons

    I think there are very few cons to working at EY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Developed a lot as a professional and personally.

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Learn a lot, good collaborative environment with a lot of oppotunities

    Cons

    Not enough communication about changes in the office. A lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more partner involvement with recruiting and senior/staff level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company and culture, tedious work

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

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    The people really care about your growth and development, and everyone is very approachable. Also are able to work where you want in the office as long as your team doesn't need you right there.

    Cons

    Spending a whole day in excel copying and pasting formulas or formatting. Tedious work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at EY as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience working at clients, fun activities, lots of networking opportunities, good pay for a 3rd year college student.

    Cons

    Felt a little like I was being fed kool-aid as opposed to a genuine precursor to public accounting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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