EY Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
4,469 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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    EY

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    They have great clients and their name carries a lot of weight in Atlanta

    Cons

    The people there don't work well together. There are no incentives to work together.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your experience will depend on your teams

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    good place to start career for the brand name

    Cons

    long hours, little upside in salary increase

  3.  

    Great place to start in accounting or business fields.

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities, great place for learn and network.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is tough, the company tries to create the sense they care about it, but actions don't match up with words.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Physically nice work locations and many ways activities outside of work. Shared-services group is huge, including marketers, designers and proofreaders.

    Cons

    Work-environment is a political battlefield plagued with hidden agenda. Review process fails to recognize individual performance unless recognized by an executive advocate. People often fell through cracks during promotion process and received little explanation why promotions were missed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inexperience is abundant in ranks of Manager thru Senior Manager. Promotion occurs much too early, especially from staff to Senior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits and flexible work arrangements

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Love the people, opportunities, and potential for career growth. As a global firm, you're able to really grow and learn best practices.

    Cons

    Workload is hectic, stressful, and overwhelming. Long hours, weekends, nights, dinner at your desk, and not enough staffing make it difficult to maintain quality and efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    From good to okay

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

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good brand, pushes you to achieve, decent culture

    Cons

    The firm seems to have lost its people focus. The stress level has risen significantly and the focus has turned inward versus client focused. I do more presentations internally now than in front of clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a breather and examine the impact of initiatives on your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    ey audit

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    opportunity to work with smart people and on good accounts. opportunity to work on various accounts, always place to grow and do more things. learning never stops pretty much. perks and benefits are probably comparable to other big 4.

    Cons

    difficult to move around different practices or get experience in different groups. what you personally want rarely matters, firm needs come first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions are pretty straight forward, promotion is given, unless you screw up or work with an unreasonable boss, which happens sometimes. culture really depends on the team that you are working on. i have experience very different working styles, depending on who you work with. all lunches are typically consumed at the desk working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    some pluses, but ignore the marketing -- hours worked is the firm's only concern

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

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - a fair number of smart, hardworking, and thoughtful people
    - notable clients and (often) interesting work
    - presence in all major markets
    - definite resume boost, and unmatched alumni network

    Cons

    - compensation tends to be below-market
    - expect to work weekends, holidays, and vacations -- for client-facing roles, personal space and workplace flexibility are talked about but often times are not encouraged or respected
    - rigid review, compensation, and (fairly limited) bonus system doesn't reward highest performers & lets average coworkers slide by
    - lackluster 401k
    - antiquated technology
    - significant red tape and nearly impenetrable internal policies and processes
    - slow to change; not particularly innovative or exciting
    - a lot of 'same as last year' and 'i-did-this-at-your-age-so-you-will-too' mentality among midlevel / senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Associate- Audit (Assurance)

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I first started working here, I really enjoyed the team I was working on. Everyone was flexible and there was open communication about projects and expectations. Every year, as long as you're a good worker, there is a raise in salary and a promotion. Recently, EY implemented a performance based salary so that is also nice.

    Cons

    The Company really doesn't compensate you enough for the amount of hours you put in. You get a rating each year that determines your raise and they try to be transparent but your final rating is normally lower than the ratings you received on your jobs. Schedules are dictated someone quitting the team, which means they need another worker not necessarily if you want to work on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better so you keep good workers around. Experienced hires aren't as knowledgeable as people who have been with EY since they were a staff.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Its as close to "Management Consulting" experience as many will get an opportunity in, especially those who work in the industry. Also, you work on different things every few months, therefore work is interesting.

    Cons

    1. Senior leadership pushes the people-culture agenda, but in reality that is not always the case. Given the expected growth rate, a lot of PPEDs and senior managers are under pressure for results. Nothing wrong with it, but some are very unprofessional and expect you to drop everything to help them (including client work).

    2. Given the focus on utilization, folks are being put on projects outside their field with the hope to move them as soon as possible (lucky for me, this has not been the case)

    3. Some promotions are based on "perceived hard work" vs. actual quality of work performed. Not sure why this is being promoted, but this was definitely the case in this year's promotion cycle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Few years ago, this was a great firm and everyone promoted the people-culture set the senior management. Now, its more focused has shifted and its like any other firm. It does not differentiate itself for high-quality workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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