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EY Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    FSO Advisory - Staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in New York, NY

    Pros

    People oriented, quality oriented, great reputation,partners are very interested in investing in their people, inherently bad performers are shown the door and inherently good workers are taught to make it to the next floor

    Cons

    Can easily end up working a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    FSO Tax Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FSO Tax Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - FSO Tax Staff in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great people, decent pay ( but this gets much better as you go up in the ranks), good benefits, and emphasis on growth / training.

    Cons

    Long hours, and even worse is that your schedule is sometimes unknown. As in, it can be hard to make plans because you won't know if something urgent comes up and needs to be done ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the training and investment in your staff!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard, play harder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    You want challenges? You will be pushed to the very limits. Interesting and varied consulting projects, working with some of the smartest and the best and travel to far flung places in consultant level comfort. If you are willing to make an effort, what you gain in a year of consulting will be equivalent to 3 years in industry.

    Cons

    Demanding customers (external and internal), pressure to produce work at sometimes unrealistic high levels, if you let it you will be leveraged to the breaking point (multiple projects, practice development, sales opportunities at the same time), heavy travel requirement upto 100% travel to the nicest places on earth (Minneapolis in January, ouch). Competitive work culture where everyone is your frenemy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can you say, it is the nature of the beast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company Overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Advisor Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Advisor Staff in New York, NY

    Pros

    People are great! Work-life balance is awesome, but sometimes wish we were paid overtime on long days. There are many opportunities for training as well.

    Cons

    Deployment. It's almost impossible to get staffed on a project you want as a staff, which doesn't really help when engagement managers ask for relevant experience within your desired practice upon senior promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a better way to staff entry level employees. The AML projects are in high demand and some staff get stuck on them without any say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great to start a career and pump up technical knowledge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in New York, NY

    Pros

    Networking, excellent methodology, big clients, a lot of pressure to be efficient and productive. Opportunity to learn and develop different skills. Very good benefits, flexibility of schedule and easy to negotiate work load depending on what moment you are going through on other areas of your life.

    Cons

    Busy season is really tough, but is part of it. I usually count the days of 2 months to end busy season and relax again. Also we have to manage every single hour of work. So, it is hard to keep control of that. On feedback period it is a lot of pressure to deal with and high expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Be resilient. No matter what, keep focus, keep learning, pursue good results."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Competitive environment & talented people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Knowledge & Analytics Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Knowledge & Analytics Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    You get to work with a+ talent and top tier companies across the globe. This will REALLY build your resume!

    Cons

    Contributions are not always recognized by senior level management and work/live balance is a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Too many are getting burned out trying to live up to the demands of the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very nice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Awesome team, cool people, paid pretty sweetly for an internship, interns get OT (which will occur frequently), Intern conference at the end of the internship is dope

    Cons

    Space issue definitely exists a the 5 Times Square building. Hoteling system for reserving desks causes a lot of time to be wasted on seeking out somewhere to actually work.I can't really think of many other cons because I'm more of an optimist but the space issue is a glaring problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy another building near Wall Street and stick FSO in there. It'll alleviate the space problem instantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    VERY Busy Season

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    If you enjoy accounting, it's tough to find a better firm than EY. I worked as an Audit Intern in the real estate sector from January through March.

    Benefits:
    Industry/technical knowledge
    Working with extremely competent, hardworking people.
    Great compensation - Plus, almost all of my meals were reimbursed.
    Career opportunities

    Cons

    Challenges:
    Work/life (im)balance - 80 hour workweeks leave little time for anything else.
    Unhappy staff/managers - Everyone is overworked and irritable.
    'Time macho' culture - Everyday is a new battle: Who will work the latest?
    Monotonous work

    It was an invaluable experience, and I'm grateful for the opportunity. While I was already questioning my interest in accounting, this internship gave me the proof I needed to call it quits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We all have lives outside of work. Sometimes it's better to go home for dinner, see your family, get a good night's sleep, and start fresh the next morning. Working from 9am-12:30am doesn't do anyone any good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging Dynamic Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in New York, NY

    Pros

    EY has a vast amount of talented people and many opportunities to get exposed to challenging projects and roles. The culture is strong and people have a sense of pride for the work they do and the firm as a whole is a very enjoyable place to be employed.

    Cons

    Networking internally is very important for advancement and there is quite a bit of turnover. Be advised to build strong relationships and approach things from an "I'm my own CEO" mindset if you wish to advance and have success at EY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the human resources around you top to bottom to source new relationships in the industry and mentor younger employees into the way of building the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience. Could be better at times. especially with better pay that commensurate the hours put in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good employees to work with

    Cons

    long hours during busy season, and sometimes, off busy season (depending on the client)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better comp that commensurate the hours put in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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