EY Reviews

Updated July 16, 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. Helpful (2)

    Big four Consulting with audit accounts that may restrict you from consulting client pool

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good teams, good environment, growth potential, good time-off policies, good pay. Training is of very good quality, and people are generally nice

    Cons

    Leadership cannot focus on what they want to do in consulting.The strategy and vision is weak, and they just keep hiring from IBM and other big 4, hoping that they will bring business. The sales pressure is high, but there is no process to help senior managers and new partners get there in a methodological way. The leaders do not get involved in project delivery, and some are so rusty that you would hesitate to bring them on a project. All they do is sales.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want to do with consulting. You guys appear clueless and shifting directions every couple months. Too many old-time leaders who have little to add in ideas and solutions.


  2. It's what you make of it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure to many different industries. I was also given the opportunity to travel for client engagements and experience many different working environments and leadership.

    Cons

    On the downside, this firm will eat you alive if you are not proactive or do not network with the right people. Experienced hires are typically scheduled on clients that nobody else wants, and can end up with a year-round busy season. If you want to get a better schedule, you need to be aggressive yet flexible/accommodating.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps look into stressing efficiency over the quantity of hours worked. There have been times where we were working for the sake of being at work rather than being productive.


  3. Good place to work as long as you put in the effort.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Services Senior in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Services Senior in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to work with a variety of people and are given responsibilities quickly, always challenged.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult to maintain.


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  5. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management focus on developing its workforce. EY encourages and supports the attainment of professional certifications. This company is the perfect place to begin a career.

    Cons

    Too much travel which place work/life out of balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on developing your workforce.


  6. strong people culture and fast track for upward mobility

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    high flexibility, great people, lots of career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    difficult to make partner and executive level positions

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (1)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The firm supports your professional development, the firm is structured and organized and highly professional, people are nice for the most part.

    Cons

    Salaries are very low and salary increases are not in line with your performance reviews; almost impossible to negotiate a salary increase; you feel like you're just a number there and nobody cares if you stay or leave.


  8. EY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start career

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to your better people


  9. They will work you to death, but the experience will build character that will help you in future jobs.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are pretty big on flexibility in my office, taking time off is not too painful when it is no busy season. There is plenty of opportunity to grow as much as you want as fast as you want.

    Cons

    Busy seasons are brutal. The overall environment is a little too "sink-or-swim" which quickly weeds out those who cannot handle the job. However, I have found that the longer you are with the Firm, the easier it gets, and the opportunities are there if you want them.

    Advice to Management

    The culture, from my experience, is too "corporate" (i.e. cut-throat). I would like to see a move towards more of a teaming culture.


  10. Great for career but long hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no better places to start off a career in accounting than with one of the Big Four. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel which would be great, but i have a family that I miss terribly when I'm away.


  11. Helpful (1)

    If you can keep your head down you'll do fine

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Irvine, CA

    I worked at EY

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

    Pros

    Different clients and industries keep things interesting, depending on your team it can be fun and you'll make some good friends, 3 weeks vacation which is more than most places plus the option to buy more vacation (but remember it'll cost you)

    Cons

    Of course, no work life balance, blame game is everywhere all the time, unrealistic expectations and very little help as you progress in the firm. Management does not care to hear anything negative though like most corporate cultures they'll say they do. Very little support from upper management so hard to feel like a team.

    Advice to Management

    Other than the obvious "hire more people", stop having such a chip on your shoulders to think that you don't have to get your hands dirty in the detail and help out with the actual onsite audit work. It is supposed to be a team after all. Just because it's the way it was done when you were a senior doesn't mean it was done right or needs to stay that way.



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