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EY Reviews in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
4,323 Reviews

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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.  

    Learned a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    A lot of exposure via different projects

    Cons

    Long working hours to meet project deadline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Eye opening

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Staff  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    I learn the most when working here

    Cons

    The need to meet very tight deadlines in the banking industry might tire one out if done on a continuous basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more for your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very fruitful and a great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    Excellent learning ground, good work life balance and ability to grow.

    Cons

    Bad working culture and loads of politics between all levels of management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the office culture to be more inclusive for all and to address issues/conflicts between management and staff as well.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Advisory - Performance Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    a. Work Exposure - Opportunity to be in engagements for big name clients.
    b. Time-off - Depends on engagement budget
    c. Perks - Standard ones e.g. Mileage claims to client sites, medical, annual leave, study leave, professional membership claims.
    d. People and culture- Generally quite helpful. However it would be better if you are good in research skills, powerpoint and excel skills. As you would then be a useful member of the team.

    Cons

    a. Hours - Unpredictable. Sometimes unable to plan after work activities.
    b. Need to accept that the nature of work can be administrative and tedious e.g. arranging client meetings, taking meeting minutes, preparing status updates for client updates is part and parcel of the job.
    c.Work opportunities very much depends on timing and your availability when a particular engagement starts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Provide clear direction to team in engagements from the start to minimise frequent change in deliverables which will translate to more unnecessary hours at work
    2. Manage client expectations well and understand teams' capabilities to avoid over-promising the client.
    2. Would be good if regular technical and skill trainings e.g. industry or functional trainings are made available to staff more frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic learning opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    I've developed my technical and industry knowledge immensely due to the exposure and support that I have received.

    Cons

    Not performance based promotion - You have to wait your turn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have more performance based appraisal and promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Tax Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Staff  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    Fantastic exposure, good learning environment, autonomy given at a junior level, big clients and fast progression if you are capable, very good colleagues, minimal office politics as progression is based on individual merit and not how many vacancies are in the level above you, One of the few big 4s that actually "tries" (at least on paper) to give employees a work-life balance e.g. EY 5-at-5

    Cons

    Terrible working hours, minimal benefits, partners/seniors often too busy to teach you, learning is trial-by-fire so if you are not a very quick learner you could be in for a "sink-or-swim" situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give more thought to talent retention, many good seniors and managers transfer to other departments/firms due to bad salary and benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    (Advisory - Performance Improvement) An overall fulfilling experience - but with limited shelf life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    People, people, people - amazing people. Great team spirit and support. Varied exposure to different industries and levels of management. If you are lucky, you get to be on a meaningful engagement. Great working culture.

    Cons

    Often repetitive - and mundane - jobs that really doesn't require any form of thinking, especially at lower levels.
    Often bid for - and win - jobs that require low skill but hire over-qualified staff for the job.
    Very, very slow (or practically non-existent) learning curve for the first 1-2 years.
    Oversell and under-deliver. to clients and staff alike.
    Very low exposure to presentation skills, or ownership to own work. Do not get to present your own work to client until manager level.
    Highly dependent on luck, how close you are to the resource manager to get on meaningful jobs.
    Only lip service about matching skills / interest / passion to jobs.
    Work life balance is a buzzword thrown around every 3 months during townhall meetings, and nothing more.
    Often ambitious plans and exciting internal improvements ideas but little to no execution. After a year, you'll heard and seen all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less lip service, more execution.
    Stop overselling and especially don't give in to the client's every whim and change of mind.
    Appreciate your staff more than the once-off dinner at the end of the engagement.
    Relook at learning curve of junior staff. If staff isn't learning, or engaging a new challenge daily, they will leave you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    It is a good steeping stone to start your career in accounting industry. Good working culture, Great team culture - helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    Long working hour, lack of work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to work with great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to develop and grow

    Cons

    As with any place of employment, at the end of the day, you have to look out for your best interest. You don't get what you don't ask for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries could be more competitive with the market, especially for individuals who stay with the firm longer as compared to lateral hiring from other firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start career as you will learn from A to Z on how company works in financial term .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    Learn a lot in technical and soft skills as well in a short period of time, provided good training to the staff.

    Cons

    Long hours with small wadges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the wadges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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