EY Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • Best Place to Start a Career in Accounting (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance (non-existent) (in 701 reviews)

  • Work/life balance isn't that great as you must work long hours to compensate for the lack of staff during the busy season (in 734 reviews)

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  1. Not recommended

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get a good amount of holidays (especially if you buy additional) and gain an ACA.

    It is a well respected brand but you will likely achieve better experience elsewhere.

    Cons

    Unchallenging work. Very slow learning curve. Bureaucratic organisation. Most decisions have to go through 2+ layers of management and you need to stay 8-10 years before you gain any decision making authority.

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees. Take note of staff surveys. Be careful for Sr Managers empire building.


  2. Extremely hierarchical organisation - ironically with terrible, leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    It looks good on your CV.
    Working from home encouraged weekly.

    Cons

    A team of small-minded people, led poorly, where silos, bad planning, protectionism, and class systems run free.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Slave Labour

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Big company name on your curriculum vitae. Nice colleagues, especially the ones who work at the same level as you

    Cons

    long hours. minimum pay. disrespectful.
    There life no work life balance and they are quite happy with that

    Advice to Management

    Give people more money. treat them better and reduce the attrition rates. EY outside of India does a much better job at managing people


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Political and Adversarial

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work for FTSE 100 firms in the risk and regulatory space and gain some good experience, especially if you have recently graduated and it is your first role
    - Client focused, the customer is king
    - Good support staff, e.g.in house publishing team

    Cons

    - Horrendous internal politics and internal competition to work on client engagements
    - Bureaucratic processes and systems. In some cases, lacking!
    - The Advisory Partners aren’t really interested in the anyone below Director level
    - The Directors have their favourites and it is difficult to progress without their support, e.g. to be placed on specific client engagements
    - Alot of Managers and Senior Managers are out of their depth compared to those from commerce but portray themselves as industry experts!
    - No clear career path or alternatives if you don’t wish to progress to Partner
    - Hot desking is a pain and the onsite restaurant isn’t that great

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (1)

    Accounting Advisory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Experience is highly recognized by industry and banks
    - Add value to CV if in the early stage of career

    Cons

    - Overselling the position and providing inaccurate job information during hiring process

    - Very very few advisory projects / opportunities available, and hence most people are either unbooked or doing admin stuff across different levels on regular basis.

    - Leadership feels giving you advisory work is a reward you should be extremely grateful for. To fully ''utilize'' people as resources (due to sadly few advisory projects / clients), they will put people to AUDIT to bring in revenue from other teams to create this misleading growth that is in fact not driven by advisory projects.

    - However, despite lack of projects, they still keep recruiting people internally (from other countries) and externally by overselling the position with inaccurate information (not telling people the fact that management will put you to AUDIT).

    -If people don't please management they way they wanted it (e.g. doing face time or pretending that you are keen on AUDIT), management will tell employees they are not incentivized to ''help'' them and take them off AUDIT, which on every individual level seems like a threat.

    - Confusing recruiting criteria. Many managers and executives that have very limited relevant experiences/skills required of advisory job (or even AUDIT) are hired. Some even struggle with language.

    - Nasty blaming culture. backstabbing, putting blame down on junior people, taking other people's credit and reporting upward are not uncommon.

    - They have a tendency to downgrade people hired externally to slow down their career progression. The pay is okay among Big 4, but much lower than industry for the same level.

    Advice to Management

    Have some ethics and don't take people for granted.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very hierarchical with no scope of growth and does not pay well.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Good training opportunity,

    Cons

    Seniors are always correct culture, does not pay well, growth takes very long and involves lot of politics.


  8. Helpful (1)

    EY Tokyo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    EY Brand
    Lots of branches abraod

    Cons

    Very conservative working system- salary and title depends on the number of working years, not performance level
    Lower salaries
    Less opportunities to work abroad/global projects
    Less motivated people


  9. Helpful (3)

    A mistake to join

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY

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

    Pros

    Growing company, good culture. A lot of networks, big parties, travell is you want it. Good name to have on the cv.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay is poor, promotion is rigid, mislead by recruitment who will say anything to get you to sign up to the firm. If you are made an offer ensure you get everything in writting, including: the amount of time you can work from home, flexi time for picking up / dropping the kids off for school.

    Advice to Management

    HR people need to talk to each other as communications seems very poor. Interviews not being organised well, no notes from previous interview.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Poor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Staff
    Former Employee - Audit Staff

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

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

    Pros

    The interview process is fair. The salary is great. Apart from that, I would struggle to identify another positive aspect of working for this company.

    Cons

    Travel expectations are crazy, this impacts the working environment as on average 50% of the audit staff assigned to a particular client are from a far afield EY office due to the atrocious resourcing situation. The work itself is dull and monotonous.

    Advice to Management

    Change everything


  11. Helpful (2)

    Senior advisory role

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time

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

    Pros

    Good reputation doing interesting projects mainly in financial services with a risk, regulatory and compliance flavour

    Cons

    The organisation's culture requires people to be superstars from day one. there is no assimilation time. The organisation says it is collegiate but is not remotely so..actions speak loader than words. No work / life balance what so ever. Poor management of people the higher up the organisation one is at

    Advice to Management

    Stop running the business using American values



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