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Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
4,323 Reviews

3.7
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expect work life balance...with most of the balance being working for your life!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Lots of resources and help, but only if you are "on the right track" and are liked and one of the "club". This "club" has nothing to do with rank, looks, gender or race, it is all about selling your soul. You sell it, you're in the club.

    Cons

    See "Pros" above, but basically you need to expect to put in 15+ good years just to get the "opportunity" to discuss becoming a partner/principal. Seems nice, but the price is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cronyism, favoritism and cliques are not eradicated by rolling out a new partner path or a new bonus system. The culture is poisonous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poor Culture; Not Conducive to Diversity

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

    Pros

    Engagement Opportunities; Potential Networking; Prestige

    Cons

    Wrongful treatment to employees; Poorly functioning HR system, Little to no leadership firmwide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    .............................................................

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    This firm is going down..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager TAS  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager TAS in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great manager and below people
    Good name in the market
    Good place to start a career

    Cons

    They are cutting costs: no plants in office, printing cards on printers now, small working space for senior and staffs, senior managers are 3 to 1 office. These things create a low moral in office and everyone thinks about getting to the next level and leave.
    While PWC and Deloitte are buying other companies like Dimond, PRTM, market point etc. EY is hiring one off partners to thinking that these one offs will grow the business. They are investing more in audit and tax.
    Quality of people is also going down. I referred someone from a top university and they said "he is too good for this place, he will leave us" The company is OK with being mediocre. We use to be much better than this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up... you are 48th in consulting ranking in Valut. You think that you guys are the best in the market place by picking and choosing the rankings you like to see. STOP BEING MEDIOCRE!! WITH THE HISTORY OF THIS BRAND WE DESERVE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS LEADERSHIP!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Staff  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Boston, MA

    Pros

    There are no pros. People are backstabbing and manipulative, and the hours are horrific.

    Cons

    Everything about it. If you go to a job here, kiss your personal life goodbye. Managers are horrendously inept, and are quick to throw anybody under the bus when they screw up. If a Senior or Manager feels threatened by you, expect a crappy review because they will do anything to impede your advancement.

    Busy season averaged 85 hours a week, and I was disciplined for leaving at 2 AM, which apparently was "too early" to go home. I was also disciplined for taking a lunch break. I'm glad I worked here for the sole reason of knowing what kind of environment I don't want to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the review process. Allow staff to review their superiors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Laughably bad software department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    The pay is awesome and you have plenty of opportunities for promotion. Management doesn't really nag you or stand over your shoulder.

    Cons

    Software department is clueless and the management is unprofessional and pretty shady.
    They will fire you on the spot if you give them a two weeks notice and then stiff you on your last paycheck. They can't keep software developers because the working environment is focused on business majors and accountants, not computer programmers. Not very many promotions in the software field, you will have to be a business person to get anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    OK for short term

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    good exposure to great clients

    Cons

    salary not upto market standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    What a nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Staff  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in New York, NY

    Pros

    The experience of interacting closely with client financial statements and processes can be fascinating. EY also has a strong brand name for the resume.

    Cons

    GULAGS. EY likes to send its people to far-away assignments (usually 3-4 hours from NY so that you stay in a hotel) in the middle of nowhere where workdays often exceed 12-14 hours 6 days a week. At these sites, you will be working twice as hard and long as those at the main clients for NO MORE GRATIFICATION. No one actually cares what you do there, as long as you sit in your windowless room and bill 70 hours a week to clients. BEWARE: if put on one of these assignments, it means HR is just waiting for your to leave the firm. They will constantly assure you that your commitment will be recognized, but they never intend to promote you any faster (if at all) or put you on a better assignment.

    At the same time, the environment is so sycophantic it's surreal. No one dares criticize anything about their leaders or the firm for fear of repercussion. There is no meritocracy, just repercussion for criticism. Senior management seems to have taken this straight from Stalin's playbook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't give senior management any credit, because Joseph Stalin invented this management style almost 80 years ago. I think they should experiment with other forms of governance besides those of the Soviet Union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II Advisory Services  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II Advisory Services in New York, NY

    Pros

    Big 4 company, good benefits, okay salary but no overtime, opportunity to meet/work with a variety of good people

    Cons

    Stuck on the same clients with no opportunities to move within the firm or experience different industries. Highly political. 80% of management leading engagements are arrogant but less competent than even the staff. Overtime with no pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action to increase company morale and overall happiness in the firm. The 3rd Friday call addresses issues, but never actually helps individual employees. If you want to keep good people, then address their concerns and provide them with better career opportunities. Treat people below you as equals, and give them freedom to introduce new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the most stingy companies

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    Current Employee - Audit Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Hires alot of minorities especially foreigners

    Cons

    Fires the minorities first, greedy with giving out pay increases. Beware of the HR lady, she is never on your side. Favoritism dictates who gets on the big jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You wonder why minorities leave in large numbers, well you failed miserably on integrating your workforce no matter how u try to you your stats from Atlanta or minority heavy states to claim you are a diverse company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a healthy lifestyle

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Prestige, and hopefully one day it will be worth it. Higher salaries than other entry level jobs but that is because of the work it takes to get the position

    Cons

    The hours are disgusting. No lives for people starting out here. The stress and the lack of free time literally leads to health problems for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up. People wont want to stay to grow into upper positions because they will resent the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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