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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (14)

    Great experience in short time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

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

    Pros

    Great culture. People are amazing.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is lacking in some cases

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to further improve processes. Remove internal company politics.


  2. Helpful (112)

    Overall positive experience in Advisory Services (Consulting)

    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory Services in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good expense policy (appropriate allowances for breakfast/dinner and you can keep all rewards points for airfare, lodging, rental cars, etc).
    -Culture is very people oriented. Flexibility and employee work/life balance is stressed greatly by management. EY stresses the importance of taking care of one another. Great maternity / parental leave policies and very flexible work arrangements are available when you need it. I often worked remote from my wife's apartment when we were long distance.
    -Work life balance is awesome (don't believe the rumors, if you're a smart person and you produce good work, EY will reward you with a generous work life balance).
    -Vacation policy! 21 days for managers plus 3 personal days and unlimited sick days.
    -Most teams will work from home on Fridays when traveling
    -EY has a program where you can decide not to accept a blackberry and instead have EY pay your personal cell bill (up to $150 / month for managers).
    -Events thrown by EY are larger than life (especially the events when you're promoted to Manager, Sr Manager, or Partner). They are truly amazing experiences.
    -Opportunity to see many different companies across a broad range of industries
    -Lots of professional development opportunities
    -High potential for advancement. You do not have to wait for a spot to "open up" to get promoted.
    -HR is wonderful
    -EY really tries to take care of employees at an individual level. If you're unhappy, you can actually talk to HR and they'll work with you to find a part of the company where you fit.

    Cons

    -In Advisory Services, travel can be up to 90% (but if you like to travel then this is a "pro")
    -Often our clients are in pretty remote places that take a long time to get to (ie: Peoria, IL or Wausau, WI) which makes travel exhausting and difficult.
    -Consulting in general is very sales-like. As you move up, be prepared to act more like a salsman than subject matter expert.
    -EY pays slightly lower than other similar firms
    -Annual bonus' are very low (10% is the max allowable bonus for a manager, no matter how well you perform). Bonus' for average rated employees are about 2-4%.
    -Lack of leadership training leads to senior leaders who are knowledgable but lack leadership skills
    -Projects entirely depend on the Partner and Sr Manager's interpretations of policy. Some are extremely strict with expenses and time-on-site, while others are more lax. You could perform the exact same project with different teams and have completely different experiences.
    -You rarely work on your expertise. Advisory services tend to place bodies on projects, sometimes disregarding the individuals skill set in favor of quickly staffing an engagement.
    -Although you are asked to choose a secor alignment (technology, consumer products, etc), you rarey work in your sector, instead servicing whatever industry of whatever project needs staffing next.
    -Lots of administrative tasks on a regluar basis interfer with clien-work (review process, for example, is very long).
    -Work is often repetative and boring. Because they seem to assign resources at random, you may be working on a project which you have absolutely no experience for. You'll then spend your time reading things online and desperately trying to get a clue enough so you can make wahtever deliverables your team has agreed to. Lots of PowerPoint and Excel...LOTS!

    Research the consulting industry! Many of the Pro's and Con's of consulting apply here. It's not a 9-5 type of job so know what you're getting into before you join and you'll likely be pleased with EY.

    Advice to Management

    I know the staffing system is currently being worked on, but any improvement in matching relevant experience and interests with client work would greatly improve morale and help employee retention. Nobody wants to be assigned to an engagement with virtually no useful experience. This creates months of feeling inadequate, frustrated, and eventually, apathetic. Employee apathy is the ultimate business killer. Also, 90% travel is very tough after a few years. All consulting firms struggle with this, but anything management can do, policy wise, to lessen the burden would help set EY's consulting apart from a potential employee point of view.


  3. Helpful (3)

    I could have it all if only my job were local

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Charlotte, NC

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

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

    Pros

    People, flexible work situations, appreciation for holidays, vacation time and personal/family time. Working from home on Fridays in my pjs may be one of my favorite things. Hours are longer than industry but far fewer than traditional consulting (8 am -6 or 6:30 pm is a traditional day)

    Cons

    Travel. Fun at first, gets old after a while.

    Advice to Management

    I love my job, but the job requires mostly traveling. That is the only one thing that would be the reason I would leave. I'm not against traveling in the future, but I wish there were more options available to people who didn't want to travel for a couple of years such as when family situations change, for example. If those things exist, perhaps making them well known.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Everything is great about EY, except for busy season hours.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot! Great experience, great exit opportunities (everyone wants to have you in their team after EY), smartest people, abundant resources, pleasant culture, great perks, up to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave...

    Cons

    You'll have 40hrs on your timesheet in 3 days during the busy season. 80-100+hr workweeks are common. Both, March-April and September-October busy seasons are extreme. Expect to work Saturdays and Sundays. Have to really watch your health during that time: weight loss, dehydration, fainting, back pains, insomnia, heartaches and nervous breakdowns happen to a lot of people.


  6. Easy work long hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

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

    Pros

    The work is easy and Everyone is nice, the benefits are awesome for a kid straight out of college so im told. they recruit heavy because of this 20/20 vision

    Cons

    The hours are long and the pay Isnt spectacular but the pros outweigh the cons definitely. hard to pass up.

    Advice to Management

    management does not really do anything wrong they treat interns exactly how they should be treated really ease them into things while letting them know things will be tough with long hours etc


  7. Interns like royalty

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

    I have been working at EY

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

    Pros

    They treat you really well as an intern. All of the Big 4 want you to work for them, so they have to do things to make them stand out.

    Cons

    As well as they treat you as an intern, they put you to work as a staff. You'll be working long hours and weekends during busy season. While as an intern that's great because of overtime, as a full-time staff it's taxing (pun intended) on your body and mind.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure interns know that it isn't going to be easy and that it's no one's responsibility but theirs to develop and learn.


  8. Staff 1

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

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

    Pros

    1) A young culture to start your career in
    2) They give you a great training program
    3) Base salary is strong

    Cons

    1) groups at EY vary in diffculty and hours
    2) some groups work 40 hours a week, some work 80, but some pay

    Advice to Management

    make sure that groups that work harder get paid more. Also, help management manage better


  9. Manager

    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to a variety of clients and business functions, if you're in client serving role. Decent training provided and internal movement opportunities as well.

    Cons

    Usual political landscape, perception and who you know matters more than what you've done.


  10. Supervising Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on large and multiple projects with a culturally and geographically diverse team. Good compensation and pension plan. Flexible working schedule with working remotely option.

    Cons

    Some projects not well run which result in poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure your PMOs are capable of running a high performing team and the team members are productive and have a work-life balance.


  11. good place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large company with lots of resources. Personnel are of high quality. Seems this company really cares about their employees. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape to get anything done. Multiple levels of approval needed even for the smallest of requests but it was not too terrible.



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