EY Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Large company with cutthroat, large company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    I did not have a good experience at EY, so take this review with a grain of salt. I was there for 2 years with not much positive to say about it. There are good professional opportunities and the pay is competitive but you will have to put up with a lot in order to obtain that upside.

    Cons

    Hmm, where to start. The people are jerks who will run you over if you don't look out for yourself (er, I mean, the firm is "high-performing"). The firm claims to support work-life balance but I don't know anyone that works less than 45-50 hours a week, and evenings/wknds are not unusual at all (I had lots of client calls at night or early morning). There is a large company culture, meaning that there is a lot of bureaucratic BS and office politics are horrible. At the lower levels I think there is less of this (due to lower expectations) but it seemed to permeate the entire organization. If you enjoy large companies then it might work for you but beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The partners already run EY as they see fit, therefore I have no advice since they have already chosen their preferred business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    terrible experience

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

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

    Pros

    1. totally no life-work balance. get up around 6am, leave home around 7am, get back home around 11pm. no additional compensation for extra time work.
    2. in the past one and half year, almost learn nothing from the work. done a lot of projects, however, almost no chance to learn the details of the projects. client might spend couple year to finish a model, we need finish a report about this model within a very short time. even you are very experienced, you can not get the all the trick part of the model. actually, there is even more worse things, due to the short time, we are not able to do any testing about the client's model. essentially, just pick some nice sentence from client's own report, re-write into our report. if i am keeping doing this, i might be able to realize my writer's dream.

    Cons

    very political working environment. remind me the situation of China in middle 80s.
    senior managers almost do nothing directly for the project, they might just setting there, arrange facilities, but they are not facilities person.
    one more funny story, a accounting master in ey is doing derivative pricing project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not cheat on your clients. if clients want phd, then only send phd for the projects, not mixing with experienced bachelors or masters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    They suck worst place to work for

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    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    None beside ok money there's no pros it's not worth it that's why people don't stay there

    Cons

    They make a habit of giving false information their hiring process is the worst I've been thru.. They gave me the run around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step it up stop playing with peoples live

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    People First?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job keeps you motivated and challenged.

    Cons

    Worked in Tax....they continually talk about people first and work life balance....let's just say this company has no clue what this means...maybe that's why they continuously talk about it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk is cheap.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    The company has a strong name

    Cons

    too many to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a collaborative, team driven place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The brand recognition, and competitive pay. Access to various technical and soft skill training programs.

    Cons

    On paper they have great work life balance policies etc, however in practice its a work-mill with no appreciation for its employees or any work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Lip service to high sounding concepts like employee well-being and work life balance, should mean something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    - if you are outside of ESS/support services/CBS there is room for growth and movement
    - meet some good people
    - get to put a big 4 on your resume

    Cons

    - a culture of only doing what YOU have to do to get yourself by - little help from colleagues - things fall between the cracks because no one/no group wants responsibility for them
    - as others have noted, the review process is an utter joke and as much as they deny it revolves around a bell curve
    - top down, very hierarchical. Many of the benefits/networking/training's are only available to certain groups or only to upper management.
    - management in the Support Services division is extremely poor - all the way to the top and down and leaves many employees dissatisfied
    - little to no career growth outside of client-servers (very few training's offered)
    - many of the processes and technology are archaic (source: we are STILL in the process of switching from Lotus Notes to Outlook)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management training/class should be REQUIRED for all management yearly - far too many poor managers are hurting the company and increasing the already high turnover rate of employees
    - focus on all the employees - not just the high earners who make up far less of your company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Disappointing, a company that is has lost track of the values it promotes and is mired in mediocrity.

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation days, maternity/paternity benefits, supposed flexability

    Cons

    Too many to list. Flexability is not true to company promoted ideals. Burn-and-turn. Lengthy tenure of employees contributes to poor management due to less talented employees ultimately outlasting premium talent who leave for better opportunities. Annual bonus promoted, but virtually impossible to attain unless receiving a 5 rating. 4 ratings are bonus eligible but seldom receive one, 3 ratings are not eligible for bonus. Annual salary increases are minimal and prorated based on performance rating. 4-5 ratings are curtailed, Average 3 rating salary increase is 2% or less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talent specific to the industry experience need for a role and allow those hires to actually leverage the experience they bring to the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    FSO advisory senior

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

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

    Pros

    Once you stop believing the bull they force down your throats, it can be a decent job based on tour project

    Cons

    - inconsistent management (mostly horrible)
    - "driving your own career" is bull, you go where they need you and it turns into project after project of things you don't have any interest in
    - Mich of your year end rating is bases on how much internal work you spend your free the doing aka they pay you for one job and get you to do two
    - much of advisory work are projects no one with a brain would be interested in (testing, document reviews, ect)
    - reviews are drastically different from project to project and lower level employees can get easily screwed by circumstances beyond their control
    - many projects have unnecessary travel requirements. Pretty hard to stay motivated travelling every week to do work a monkey could do and that you could do from your bed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review system is seriously flawed, have known many hard working, smart people leave who got screwed during reviews

    Fix this scenario: a staff from the LA office flies to charolette every week to do work anyone with a brain could do. At the same time you send someone from charolette to LA at the same time to do work anyone with a brain could do. Horrible system. Horrible deployment placing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Bad work life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff II in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Staff II in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Experience is great for career path.

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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