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EY Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
4,926 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 701 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 734 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE!

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at EY full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Things that look great outside arent really great inside

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    May be just the brand name and nothing much of a benefit other than working for this firm

    Cons

    You will not be deployed on projects you were hired for
    You will not develop any expertise in any specific space
    The whole advisory is a joke and I dont see this going anywhere
    They care less about the people, infact they hardly care about people
    Staffing is the wierdest and funniest process of all
    I would strongly suggest for college grads who are looking to start their career in consulting please stay away from EY advisory
    Oh wait, compensation and salary raise is 1/100000th of what other comparative firms offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your asset and treasure them. Hire based on your need and treat everyone with professionalism and respect. Very very poor leadership skills from top to bottom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you enjoy passive aggressive, this place is for you.

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    Former Employee - Senior in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities are available if the right people have your back and if you are willing to give up your life to work for them.
    Big 4 on your resume increases career opportunities.

    Cons

    Very passive-aggressive environment.
    Terrible communication from senior managers and partners.
    Reviews are based on the opinion of one or two senior managers & partners rather than your documented reviews.
    Ratings are pushed down to save money on raises.
    Terrible work hours, no work-life balance.
    Your success is very dependent on you knowing the right people.
    They reward people who complain constantly rather than hard work.
    Employees are treated as if they are disposable.
    Many superiors would rather do the work themselves than teach, and then turn around and give poor reviews.
    You are rated against peers across the US, when opportunities are not the same. Different areas have different clients, different offices rate differently, etc.
    Competition across employees is encouraged, and the teamwork aspect of audit teams is not emphasized or encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treating employees with a little respect and consideration would go a long way. Encouraging teams to work together and rely on each other rather than fostering competition within them would help audits be more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked with constant change and poor leadership.

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at EY as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. They hire great employees who are hard workers. It's a well known company that looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Constant change with no care for employee's personal life. Schedules can change from week to week. Management doesn't talk to staff much. Management staff talk down to you at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with your staff. You cannot do it without your staff, so communication is very important. Don't make your employees feel like you don't value them being there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If all you want to do professionally is test security and compliance controls, this is the place for you

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Auditor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Auditor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes you'll do cool projects that are operations oriented; pay scale is aggressive; nice way manage people quickly.

    Cons

    This is in regards to an IT audit position:

    Most of the time you will be doing compliance work, which by nature, is incredibly boring.

    My office loved to promise the world to our clients, and then the staff got to pay by working long hours. This is because management is so concerned about selling work they don't care about the consequences. Where I worked, it was "client first" not "people first". The work life balance they are so fond of talking about was not in place.

    They'll promise you in the job interview that you'll be working at lots of different companies doing neat work, but what they don't tell you is that they will only train you for Sarbanes Oxley control work. If you want to get in on the good, interesting training sessions (like Oracle or SAP implementation classes that are on the opposite coast and only occur once a year) you have to REALLY FIGHT for it - because they will always have some job for you to do that takes precedence because it helps your utilization. Also because the local office doesn't want to pay for your travel.

    I gotta repeat this so it sinks in for you - companies don't typically hire consultants to do work to create new IP - the IT audit work is typically compliance initiatives they don't want to bother using their own people to do. I worked at multiple Fortune 100 companies, but the work was still horribly boring.

    It's a crap shoot as to whether or not you will work with a manager or senior manager that cares about engagements. I only had one in my entire time there that was actually worried about our work product and not just selling more services to the client. Most of the time, they are trying to push their work down on you, which would be good and fine if they trained you to do it, but they don't. Also, bad managers don't care about your bandwidth, they just expect you to get it done.

    Heaven forbid an engagement "goes south" on you - because senior managers and managers are writing reviews, they like to push the blame down and make the staff look bad. I was on a team of 20 people that worked really hard, but because the statement of work (i.e. the client's expectations) was nebulous, we continually delivered a product that the client wanted changed. The project was managed very poorly, because management was too busy selling to define the final goal prior to starting. But, at the end of the engagement, guess who got stuck with the bad reviews? Not management.

    Speaking of reviews - every job requires a thesis on people who work under you. It is extremely over engineered. Staff get reviewed for things like "market growth" which they have no control over, because they don't sell work. Also, mandatory yearly goals are set, so don't expect absolute freedom to direct your growth.

    The tools you work with are ATROCIOUS, even on the IT Audit side. Lotus Notes, several versions back, was the email client while I was there (it was 10+ years old, and operated like it was 20 years old). I used Microsoft Groove to share engagement files, which is a product Microsoft discontinued a long time ago. And for consulting work, I used Paisely GRC, which I honestly can't even believe E&Y paid for. For a company that prides itself on being so forward thinking, the IT department REALLY failed. Ernst & Young needed to hire a real tech consultant to turn around their abysmal IT situation.

    You'll also travel a lot, but it is not to big cities worth visiting. It is to data centers in the middle of nowhere and corporate parks on the outskirts of the city. For training, you go to Cleveland. CLEVELAND. Not a top destination spot, by a long shot.

    Honestly, if you are someone who simply wants a big company on your resume, you should take a step back and really think about your career - REAL consulting work is happening at Bain, McKinsey, LEK, Accenture, etc. They will work you to the bone as well, but at least the work you are doing will be interesting. Padding your resume with compliance work might secure you a career, but I can't adequately put into words how mind numbingly boring controls work is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live by what you sell to potential employees - be people first, not client first. Actually consider the work life balance of those under you. Ask yourself "If my subordinate is performing poorly, is it because I haven't adequately trained them?" Get new tech tools. Let employees control their careers more. Stop being so Sarbanes Oxley focused - it is incredibly boring, monotonous work that should be automated at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at EY full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    none, I don't see they getting any better until they have good leadership

    Cons

    they have the worst "onboarding" for new contractors that I have ever experienced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pain and Suffering

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    Former Employee - Assurance Associate
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate

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

    Pros

    Job Security is one great benefit. If you like a steady work environment with a low risk and low reward profile this job will fit.

    Cons

    Miserable work life balance and everyone who has been there a long time does not like their lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture....soon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It sucks

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Nothing is good about it

    Cons

    Everything sucks really bad man

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more help. Staff is over worked

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible experience, Partners incompetent

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    Former Employee - INV Banking in New York, NY
    Former Employee - INV Banking in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    EY generates a strong brand within financial services that can be leveraged for other, better pursuits. Also the firm does provide good benefits (at the Manager+ levels)

    Cons

    Working at EY was pretty much a waste of time. To be clear, I worked in the Capital Advisory group at EY (broker/dealer). In sum, the Partners within the Practice basically could not sell work, many of which focused more on their golf skills on the course than teeing up deals to sell for the Associates. Also, the associates mix in technical skill sets varied, indicating that EY does not rigorously weed out bad talent. The biggest problem with the firm is senior management, where the competent/incompetent Partners stand at a ratio of 10/90. The firm, at least my group, further was very non-collegial and there was a lot of backstabbing/throwing colleagues under the bus just to impress the Partners; far more brown nosing than true competence. Glad I left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Partners who do not bring in deals/generate revenue for the firm, simple as that. You are wasting time subsidizing their salaries and total comp with the real Partners who can sell. Implement a more collaborative working environment by bringing in more outside talent than jus home growing most of your partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at EY full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learn a lot and good opportunity if you quit

    Cons

    Work long hours and sometimes boring work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay more and cut hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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