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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • Best Place to Start a Career in Accounting (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance (non-existent) (in 701 reviews)

  • Work/life balance isn't that great as you must work long hours to compensate for the lack of staff during the busy season (in 734 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (20)

    Great experience in short time.

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

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. People are amazing.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is lacking in some cases

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to further improve processes. Remove internal company politics.


  2. Ernst & Young is ahead of the crowd.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm has a great reputation and is known for being a good and credible company to start your career at. EY has some of the best technology for performing your work and makes great efforts to promote inclusiveness among all types of diversity and special interest groups. You also work with some of the brightest people, making you realize your potential for career growth and gives you unlimited opportunities to learn about your job and the business environment. We also have several opportunities for community involvement, so you can donate your time for local causes without worrying if it will interfere with your work.

    Cons

    The hours can be difficult, but the company does its best to promote balance and keep their people motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should continue to place focus on their people and developing better ways to keep their people motivated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    EY - Work, Learn, Grow - Quality in everything we do - Work hard play hard

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

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities and Knowledge, Isn't that already enough?

    Cons

    Need to find a job within a job, the human behavior factor is sand in the eye

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a good job and better. We'll prove ourselves, we need you to do too


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Flexibility is real at Ernst & Young!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people - I work with some of the most hard working people I have ever met. And they are down to earth and very helpful. Our culture is very friendly and teamwork focused. We support one another. The flexibility - it would be hard to hold a full-time job as a working mother if I didn't have the flexibility offered by E&Y. They are so understanding and allow us to work differently when needed! We also have state-of-the-art technology and an "office of the future" work environment. You can't help but learn new things every day at E&Y. To stay on the edge and in the lead, you are introduced to new ideas and new technology all the time.

    Cons

    Honestly, I cannot think of any.

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. EY provides their employees with opportunities, resources, and professional and personal growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Providence, RI

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ernst & Young provides accounting professionals witha great place to start their career, whether you plan to stay for many years or only a couple of years, it is a great resource to have on a resume. EY promotes flexibility at work and really provides flexibility to their employees. The pay is great in comparison to other peers in the same field and they provide the opportunity for accounting professionals to complete their 150 credits with a Leave of Absence in order to become eligible to sit for the CPA examination. There is also a direct billing relationship with two CPA prep courses to allow employees to be completely prepared for the exam. If you pass within a certain time frame of two years, a bonus is available to you. There are so many EY locations throughout the world, that there are plenty of opportunities to work close to home or to even take advantage of their Global Exchange program that is available to their high performing audit professionals. EY really cares about all levels of their employees and is continuously providing us with opportunities to learn and grow professionally and personally. Another great thing about the firm is that you are surrounded by brilliant professionals. I have really come to recognize that EY only hires people who have the necessary knowledge and also who have great attitudes. I have really enjoyed all of the teams that I have worked with and have been provided the opportunity to network with some great resources. The team environment is very rewarding. Another aspect of networking is being able to have one on one with the CEOs and CFOs and other important roles in the client sector. These resources can prove to be invaluable. The opportunities for advancement with the firm are unbelievable, whether you chose to stay in the audit sector or move on to other sectors such as transaction advisory services, fraud risk services, tax services, or even human resources. EY rewards their people and keeps us satisfied. I am very proud to say that I work for EY and I am also very confident that EY will prepare me for any future endeavors outside of the firm that I may chose to take on.

    Cons

    I would say one down side of being an audit professional at a Big 4 firm is the "busy season", which typically falls in the months of January through March. However, it does vary depending on the clients that you are assigned to and their year ends. It is a lot of hours, but it is rewarding to work in a team and accomplish a huge task.

    Advice to Management

    The senior managers that I have had the opportunity to work with since starting with the firm have been very open to the lower levels in the firm and are very approachable. I have never felt like their are firm "politics" to adhere to. I feel comfortable approaching a Staff 2, a senior manager and even partners. The culture at EY is to teach and provide other EY employees with knowledge and resources to constantly expand their knowledge base and resources. EY also provides lower levels with the opportunity to anonymously rate their managers and senior managers, so if you do come across a senior manager that you feel needs some feedback, the opportunity and resource is available.


  7. Tax Intern tells of glory of E&Y

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Tax in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing Firm with wonderful people and opportunities to achieve your potential. The firm has excellent programs in place to advance learning, share knowledge, and grow your network. Opportunities for travel also exist and will present themselves once you become full time.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working with E&Y. Everyone is very happy and the firm emphasizes a work life balance. E&Y gives you the opportunity to be on a winning team and as long as you communicate your needs to your coworkers then the job will not interfere with your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I look forward to a long career with E&Y!


  8. At Ernst & Young, the people really buy into the tag line of "Quality in everything we do."

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Director in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Audit Director in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In my years of client service, as well as for a few years outside the firm, it became extremely clear to me that this is a different place to work. The focus on doing the right things right, and putting quality into everything we do seems to permeate the company. There is a respect for each other that is palpable. Although things don't always go as planned, there are the typical frustrations, and there are some people in the firm I'd rather not work with, I still find that each day is challenging and rewarding. EY seems to value the contributions that each employee brings to the equation - and that's quite nice.

    Cons

    It's a BIG company - and with that comes a bit of "process" and "protocol" that needs to be followed. This can be a bit frustrating, but I take it as a small price to pay for the benefits of working for a world leader in professional services. Having its roots in an audit practice, where, in terms of promotion and professional advancement, it was an "up or out" mentality, I still find there is a bit of that philosophy in other departments where it may not make as much sense. Some senior management are still struggling with what to do with long time (15+ years) employees who don't want to be partners.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise them to keep the lines of communication open, much as they have in the past. I would have to believe that it is rare in a mulit-billion dollar global company where EVERYONE gets periodic voicemail messages from the Chairman where he talks about some of the big things going on in the firm. Whether you listen to them or not, it's pretty cool that senior management believes in taking the time to communicate that stuff to everyone.


  9. Ernst & Young...THE place to start your career:)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ernst & Young is a great place to start your career because you are learning while you are working, you can work in many industries and learn about the accounting issues that are unique to each. Ernst & Young is one of the "Big 4" public accounting firms, once you have worked there you can get a job doing pretty much anything you want in accounting. Additionally they will help you pass your CPA exam if you have not passed when you start. They pay for your study materials and for your exam on top of giving you a bonus when you pass...who could ask for more?

    Cons

    The only downside I have come across is a very well known downside to all public accounting firms, and that is the hours you must put in during the busy season. Busy season is typically January-March, no not because of tax season, but because most companies have a 12/31 year end, and this is when we must complete the most audits of financial statements. Some people in the firm will have slightly different busy seasons if they work on 9/30 year end clients or even 6/30 clients. During busy season we are required to put in 55 hour minimum work weeks.

    Advice to Management

    I think senior management is doing a great job of working on improving work/life balance in the firm. They are performing surveys and implementing new strategies based on the results they get from internal feedback, I think that is all you can ask as an employee.


  10. A content Ernst & Young employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in Denver, CO

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a huge income, career advancement, and professional knowledge potential. It is astounding how much the partners and other senior management earn and it sincerely gives hope to the younger employees!

    Cons

    Some senior management think they are royalty and the ground they walk on is gold and only certain individuals of certain caliber should be able to talk to them. Sometimes senior management has more emphasis on getting employees out chargeable to the client to increase the bottom line instead of focusing on the overall value provided to the client and the employee as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Teach and mentor the younger ones because it is us that will replace you and ensure the firm continues its success!


  11. Helpful (1)

    You spend more time at work than anywhere - be happy with where you work like I am!

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

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ernst & Young is a place that truly allows people to be who they are. They not only talk the talk about inclusiveness, but they walk the walk. I've been given access to senior executives at the firm as a staff, and opportunities to represent the firm and travel. As a staff person I've been asked to participate with non-profits that the firm sponsors which allows me to give back to my community. The work is generally interesting and always changing, and there's always someone to support you and your efforts. I believe that there's nothing I can't do at the firm if I really wanted to. You can't say that about many jobs.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are long but there are downsides to every job, and it's not any worse than any other firm in our business. Honestly, I'm hard pressed to think of downsides to working at Ernst and Young. I truly love what I do and can see myself working at the firm for the rest of my career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!



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