EY Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
4,524 Reviews
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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 225 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 103 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 640 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 681 reviews)

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  1.  

    Toxic environment

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

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

    Pros

    Managers are usually flexible around vacation and any time you need off.
    If you work 40 hours a week, you don't need to take vacation if you take a Friday off.
    Compensation is decent, but might be slightly lower than their competitors.

    Cons

    Resource managers don't give you an option for roles, if you are available, you go to whatever project needs to be filled, regardless of skill set, location preference, etc. You get no say in the matter.
    Only 15 days of PTO until you hit manager, then it jumps up to 25.
    Since EY is primarily an audit firm, you and your family aren't allowed to own any stock that EY audits, regardless if you are on the account or not.
    Work/life balance is almost non-existent. Many senior managers and partners in the firm travel so often, they don't see their kids grow up. I'm not sure why anybody decides to do that, but if you want to get high up in this company, you'll need to sacrifice your personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Attrition is high because people are getting burned out, but partners only care about selling more work, so everybody is spread so thin.

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

    Happy to have left

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

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

    Pros

    Getting to see various different clients and industries. Great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance that is only continuing to get worse with the increasing turnover. Severely underpaid for the amount of work performed. Much less flexible than they lead on, and really show a lack of appreciation and caring for the well being of their employees in the NESA Assurance practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Security Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Security Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Security Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Zero work life balance but good travel perks

    Cons

    Zero work life balance, and has absolutely no regard for someone's personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get your act together and work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the experience that was presented in recruiting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Solid client base
    CPA bonus is commendable
    People (it's making me do 20 words minimum)

    Cons

    Everything about work life balance was a lie (there is none)
    Savagely understaffed
    Use of contractor seniors is frustrating and leads to confusion come busy season
    Counseling system is a lie (counselors constantly ignore help requests)
    Scheduling does not place people near their home
    CPA bonus is used to keep people in the firm for at least 1 year
    CPA bonus is also somewhat a lie. In recruiting people are told bonus is 5K when in reality after taxes it's 3k

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with people going in. Feel like it was a classic bait and switch. Up sell based on experiences no one normally faces in the firm and the once we start working treat us like garbage. Totally dissatisfied. As a person who interned with y'all and have been working here since graduating I am definitely a person who can't believe I accepted this job offer. I'll stay 1 /2 years tops to gain the experience but there is no way they'll retain people if they continue to treat people like this and lie to them.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The place where no one cares about you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Staff  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    various client work, smart people

    Cons

    unless you have a senior or manager that takes a liking to you, you have no chance at succeeding

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    FSO-Taylorist sweatshop - a body shop temp-staffing agency

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

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

    Pros

    brand name
    * no real other pros*
    *they do pay a measely relocation bonus, but not nearly enough*
    *nickel and dime people on legitimate expenses*

    Cons

    * long hours, lack of flexibility for people wanting to have a healthy sleeping, eating and excercise schedule
    * petty, hypocritical, greedy, narcissist and egotistical partners
    * very poor health care options
    * lack of specialization and skill development opportunities for junior staff
    * rewarding of supplicant yes-monkey lackeys full of mediocrity, rampant favoritism
    * abdication of critical thinking in favor of rubber-stamp, box-checking mentality
    * not a place where top performers are rewarded based on merit
    * dificult lateral movement
    * haphazard and inconsistent mentoring, basically just so taht the mentor can collect his bonus
    * worthless in-house training sessions done for collecting checkmarks, not learning
    * too many direct admit partners and partners who do not share original EY culure
    * race to the bottom, instead of the top,- EY competes with temp-staffing agencies for contracts resulting in massive staff augmentation projects, where the EY staff is loaned to the client to do the work that the client cant do / bc the client fired their own staff
    * EY should be trying to compete with the likes of Bain in the fields of consulting. instead of Robert Half and Labour Ready
    * at least in a Temp Agency you get a choice of which city and which company you accept to work at, get paid time and a half overtime, and are not required to do unpaid extracurricular activities
    *in Uncle Ernie's sweatshop, you could be living in Manhattan, and get staffed in a back-office of some scandal-ridden, troubled bank that you dont' want to have on your resume as a client working in some podunk town in the deep woods of New Jersey...get paid for only 40 hours a week, when you are working 70 hours
    * MY ADVICE- you're better off taking an entry level compliance analyst job at a big bank or working for a temp agency that staffs big banks with a much better quality of life and work-life balance, less insanity and less backstabbing. you are not going to find many opportunities other than compliance consuting at EY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too top heavy,- huge partnership and commoditized staff pool is an outdated and increasingly irrelevant model. Either fire 90% of partners- they add nothing to the firm, dilute culture and spread mediocrity, divorce consulting from the audit completely- do not allow auditors and accountants to become consulting partners. Or cut the bull**** and become the temp staffing agency in regulatory compliance that you already are

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

    Forward thinking is not encourage. Old ideas and culture. Technology is out dated

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

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

    Pros

    The Compensation and benefits are very good. It is not enough to put up with lack of skills internally in IT.

    Cons

    No collaboration across teams or organization, out dated technology, unyeilding to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your style of managing, but listening to your employee. Move away from the intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Broken IT Services-OSS management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Onsite Services Technician  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Onsite Services Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay if you don't mind the life-ending stress

    Cons

    Broken management, especially in IT-Services; High stress, treats employees like a yo-yo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current IT Services management (specifically in Atlanta and Alpharetta) needs to be fixed!

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

    Learned a lot but no work/life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Can have the chance to work on different kinds of projects.

    Cons

    VERY long hours and no work/life balance
    Pressure to constantly be working, even while on vacation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE!

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

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

    Pros

    There is nothing positive about working at this place. It is horrible!! And they treat their employees like crap.

    Cons

    Everything. Benefits are bad. Pay is bad. Hours are too long. Management is bad. The culture is bad. I never knew how wonderful a job could be until I left E&Y.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit treating your assistants like garbage. Do more for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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