EY Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. EY Manager

    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible culture. Always working with the top clients and high level of visibility with upper management at all levels. Fast paced work, never bored.

    Cons

    Performance bonuses are extremely low even for the highest performers. Company seems to have accepted high turnover as inevitable so they don't seem to do much in terms of retention.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to be on the front lines of new business culture adoption- maternity leave, flexible travel arrangements, promotions and rankings, performance bonus structure. Lots of companies are making strides and EY seems to be just a follower.


  2. EY Advisory Staff 2 Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff II in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff II in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working with intelligent, friendly people - good challenges - good opportunities for relocation (internationally as well) - steady promotion track - mentorship

    Cons

    - competitive (could also be seen as a pro) - can be difficult to have a say in where you are staffed - firm is so large it can be hard to connect with the right people for the opportunities you're seeking

    Advice to Management

    I've been very happy with EY Management in general. At times there can be a disconnect but for the most part I work closely with Management and have ample opportunities for mentorship.


  3. Project Adminstrator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexibility, the pay, and the people

    Cons

    not much advancement in current position

    Advice to Management

    more training


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  5. Helpful (1)

    So much opportunities!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Staff II in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Tax Staff II in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to start your career. A lot of online learning modules you can take to broaden your knowledge in almost any accounting area. So many opportunities and I have never ever seen a company that actually want their employees to succeed. EY truly do care about it's employees. It's a great culture to be in.

    Cons

    Time tracking is a pain, but for public it's expected. Busy season is no joke. Client's can be a pain, but that's almost something that you will deal with no matter where you go.


  6. Great place to start a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Columbus, OH
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot that will help you throughout your career after you leave public accounting. It is a great place to start a career

    Cons

    Busy season is rough because it doesn't leave you a lot of time to spend with family. Busy season is also synonymous with eating out every night. Get ready to put on some pounds.


  7. Great place to launch a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff I in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Audit Staff I in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience, resume builder and opens a lot of doors and opportunities in the future

    Cons

    long hours and work weeks during busy season


  8. Ernst & Young's core concepts are people development, client service, and professional excellence.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    E&Y offers an enormous amount of opprotunity for talented people. E&Y believes in devloping the professional abilities of their employees and, at the same time, maintaining balance in their personal lives. E&Y is very generous with its holiday and vacation time allotments. E&Y provides excellent interal and external training opprotunities.

    Cons

    E&Y could do a better job offering more opprotunity to those individuals who want to engage in other aspects of the tax practice, besides tax return compliance. The firm should build into its business model more opprotunity for its employees to engage in cross-regional functions so as to obtain better exposure with a wide variety of people who can strengthen the others' career, and not be so limited by regional business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opprotunity to interact with the employees. Office leadership should engage in offering more teaming among projects and building into budgets growth and learning of new areas of tax for junior employees.


  9. Beyond good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition, good resume, big 4 experience

    Cons

    work life not necessarily balanced, pressure, politics

    Advice to Management

    More candid communication, fair & timely recognition, and back to the baselines.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Watch your direction...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Is a global firm with multi-national locations - Has a solid brand name and infrastructure - Provides opportunity to choose location of work - Provides opportunity to choose career options (Audit, Tax, Advisory) - People First culture with strong initiative towards not just diversity but also inclusiveness

    Cons

    - Slow in responding to needs due to several layers of approvals required - Inter-office transfer to another location is difficult - Translates several years of industry experience into fewer years of experience within the firm - Recruits highly experienced professionals at lower ranks causing inequities - People First culture and inclusiveness mentality still not prevalent in the upper echelons

    Advice to Management

    - Improve inclusiveness mentality in the upper echelons - Improve recruiting and training for experienced professionals - Do not treat experienced professionals the same as straight-out-of-college candidate even though both are of the same rank - Do not compete internally with other office locations in a region for the same clients/ projects. - Work in a more integrated manner with other locations - nationally and internationally - to leverage opportunities and talent



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