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EY Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated Jun 16, 2014
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3.6 97 reviews

                             

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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger

Mark Weinberger

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work to develop a strong set of skills in project/people management, leadership, and technical accounting.

    Audit Manager (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsErnst & Young is a great place to work in terms of the audit group. The firm is truly a global organization and sets high standards for the quality of the work produced. You can learn a very broad skill set that is transferable including the skills to manage projects/people, leadership skills, technical accounting skills, and even sales/business development skills as you move up the ranks. There is tremendous opportunity within the audit practice and as you move up the ranks, there is more flexibility with the job.

    ConsCompensation is a huge issue here, as it may be with the other Big 4 firms. There is always the incentive to jump ship to a client or other private company to have better overall compensation and more work/life balance, especially after having 3-4 years of experience. Work/life balance can be a struggle for a lot of people at the firm if they happen to work with the wrong people or the wrong industry. Overall, people, on average, tend to work more than their counterparts outside of public accounting and this is something that probably will never go away until you make partner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of inspiring and motivating your people and communicate more internally on the direction of the firm. It's not always clear as there are so many levels of management (local office, sub area, Americas, global) and they may be potentially saying different things at any given point in time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Staff Accountant (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsCollegial work environment, good exposure to various companies

    ConsBusy season work hours can be long and demanding

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncentive staff to build loyalty and reduce turnover

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start out.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWorking for EY makes you into a lean, mean working machine. Although the work/life balance SUCKS and you won't have much of a life, the work ethic here is second to none.

    ConsSalaries at EY are on average less than the other Big 4 firms. Promotions near the top can become political.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider raising salaries compared to work done. Get up close and more personal with the employees.

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    Great Place to Start Career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsEY promotes flexibility and inclusiveness. There are lots of opportunities to work on different clients and industries, including potential global rotation opportunity.

    ConsIt’s a very conservative firm. There are hardly any out-of-turn or double promotions, strictly length of service and performance based.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more fairness and give more insight to the promotion process. Raise the salary levels to be more on level with other Big 4.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBenefits: health plans, subsidized child and elder care, 3 weeks vacation time, funded pension,
    ,flexible time off, ability to work from home, ability to move around within the organization, stability, opportunities to moved to a different office.

    ConsAt times I have worked some with very poorly developed management. But then I have had the opportunity to work with wonderfully talented management , this can vary from year to year. My experience at EY is very dependent upon the quality of management I have each year.

    Focus in satellite offices of inclusivity of women seems to focus solely on client serving personnel. It would be nice if there was equal focus from the local offices on CBS personnel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency with headcount changes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best place to start but may not be the best place to carry on unless you want to end up being a partner

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThere are many reasons to work for Ernst and Young Global. Firstly, it is a good brand name. Secondly, it provides a very good training ground for the future finance professionals. Thirdly, they have a very good health care benefits. Fourthly, of late they are very much encouraging women, minority and diversity. Fifthly, the partners and managers are very open and approachable and last but not the least, the overall environment is very casual and homely.

    ConsFlip sides are firstly the salary is not at par with the industry or other big four, secondly, the work hours can be very long and thirdly, sometimes politics comes into the play in deciding the promitions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease pay the overtime to the staffs and reduce the minimum utilization target especially when the firm is not paying a lot in terms of salary

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a great work experience and stepping stone to other opportunities

    Audit Senior (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsSmart people and interesting clients. Generally pretty helpful in finding industries you are interested in working in.

    ConsTransparency. Senior leadership is less willing to say when they are balancing their work & life. They always want you to think they are working (24 hrs a day). This makes those at the lower level less willing to voice concerns about work/life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent with work/life balance issues (personally).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start your career, you'll learn a lot...and work a lot too.

    Technology and Security Risk Services Staff (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsExperience, working with very intelligent and motivated individuals

    ConsThe hours, and the fact that it's hard to stand out amongst such strong peers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe as honest as possible with us and work on implenting the people first culture. We work very hard for you and don't get paid very much compared to other IT jobs, and our 401k plan is pretty horrible. I would like to feel more appreciated and valued. I don't feel like people first is totally honest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work if you are willing to work hard.

    Transaction Advisory Services Staff (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Pros-Great knowledge sharing
    -Great brand name
    -Emphasis on rotations, if you rate highly

    Cons-Long hours, but that is industry-standard
    -Bad expense reimbursement policies

    Advice to Senior Management-Continue to build up the lower levels for later success
    -Work on retention
    -Improve expense reimbursement policies

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    Good place to work, great perks, good respect but no fortunes to be made.

    Senior Accountant (Former Employee)
    Century City, CA

    ProsGreat respect, above average pay, good benefits and perks.

    ConsLittle vacation time; Too much work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay associates more to retain them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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