EY Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    FSO advisory senior

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Bad work life balance.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience is great for career path.

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Toxic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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 (More than a year)

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

    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.

  6. Security Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Security Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Security Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Please get your act together and work!

  7. Helpful (1)

    The place where no one cares about you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (4)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Broken IT Services-OSS management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    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 Management

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

  11. 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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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