EY
3.6 of 5 4,121 reviews
www.ey.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 4,121 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger

Mark Weinberger

(560 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance"
    in 185 reviews
  • "it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family"
    in 94 reviews
Cons:
  • "very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political"
    in 546 reviews
  • "Very long hours during busy season & a lot of politics in the workplace"
    in 601 reviews
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    Could be better

    Audit Senior (Current Employee)
    Hamilton (Bermuda)

    ProsThe clients/experience are good but the rest is not really at all. Same as most Big 4 but 20x worse because all of your staff are in India.

    ConsLong, long, lonnnnnnng hours, partners dont care, audit methodology given from NYC office is basically ignored until they do a review and force it down their throats.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry hiring people who actually have insurance / asset mgmt experience instead of a bunch of canadians that have audited nothing but manufacturing clients and wood mills because you (the partners) are canadian.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The place where no one cares about you

    Tax Staff (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    Prosvarious client work, smart people

    Consunless you have a senior or manager that takes a liking to you, you have no chance at succeeding

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disorganization rules

    Risk Advisory Senior I (Current Employee)
    Milan (Italy)

    ProsSkilled colleagues, in Italy salaries are higher than in the banking sector.

    ConsIt can happen that your senior manager has never worked a single day during your year experience with the company, but also that you are paid to work with Bloomberg and Fincad and the company doesn't buy licenses for cost cutting.
    In general, the less you are able to do, the more you will have a bright career. The more you are able to sell yourself, the more you are important.
    "Quality in everything we do" is just a joke, at least in Italy.
    As said, in Italy salaries may be considered good if compared to the banking sector, poor if you thing that you'll work 12 hours a day with no extras paid. In general, you need to stay for long hours to be considered a good resource, even if your stay is totally useless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, fire lazy and ignorant managers and senior managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good on the CV but thats it

    Audit Senior (Former Employee)
    Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsGreat reputation.

    Thats all they have going for them. really it is. reputations is why they have grads lining up out of the door to get hired by them but almost all leave as soon as they are qualified. but thats no problem because they have another endless line of grads wanting to join!

    ConsWorked in the Luton office for 5 years.

    -long hrs
    -no social life
    -poor career progression: its all politics. who you know rather than what you know
    -poor training: seriously why the hell are ex-big4 seen as so good. it wasnt until I joined a top 20 accountancy practice did i realise how little big4 graduates actually know about accounting. skill set you develop at EY is actually pretty narrow although perfectly suited for them. but when you get to a different firm you realise how well rounded other accountancy grads are and how poorly trained and narrow you are. Told by several recruitment agencies that a lot of practices particularly smaller practices prefer not to take on ex-big4 staff.
    - bad pay!!! I make 30% more doing the same job with better hrs at a top 20 firm than at EY
    -bland uninteresting work colleagues. they all come from the same types of background. work parties were an endless boring pain
    -EVERYONE seems fake
    - really bad career management. trying to move up the company is not easy. very competitive with few opening and lots of grads going after them. creates a culture of staff ALWAYS under charging their time, under mining and back chatting about other colleagues, taking on unreasonable about of extra work to try and stand out and allowing managers to take advantage of them to show how much they "enjoy" the "challenge" of the extra work load
    - ENDLESS amount of admin, forms to fill in, surveys needing to be filled out by other departments, feed back request, POINTLESS training on the other side of London at peak work times that you HAVE to attend. Honestly i spent over 3hrs a days on admin on top of my ever increasing work load.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some more staff, cut the admin, plan your budgets more, change your recruitment process, listen to staff complaining about hrs, create a better and more equal culture where work is recognised not how funny/engaging the person was at the company party, paymore,
    more relevant training instead of the pointless lectures by every senior person who visits the Luton office from london.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    recommended for one or two years max

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdifferent industry experience, good know how

    Conswork life balance, senior management

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    Bad experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you consider this is good, there is too much work

    ConsLeaders are weak, can't stand on their feet

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease see what is going on on the floor

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    Nice ideas, badly executed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork life balance, salary, people

    ConsPartners who have spent their lives in consultancy have no clue about real life. Partnership structure is not appropriate for a 21st century business. EY needs to practice what it preaches to its clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Assistant Director (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe Compensation and benefits are very good. It is not enough to put up with lack of skills internally in IT.

    ConsNo collaboration across teams or organization, out dated technology, unyeilding to change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange your style of managing, but listening to your employee. Move away from the intimidation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    FSO Staff (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosbrand 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 Senior Managementtoo 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Broken IT Services-OSS management

    Onsite Services Technician (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsDecent pay if you don't mind the life-ending stress

    ConsBroken management, especially in IT-Services; High stress, treats employees like a yo-yo

    Advice to Senior ManagementCurrent IT Services management (specifically in Atlanta and Alpharetta) needs to be fixed!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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