EY Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
4,639 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 232 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 104 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 671 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 704 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging and Rewarding Role at a Prestigious Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Their Vision 2020 is to become a $50 billion dollar company by 2020. This translates into the IT world as more jobs, cutting-edge hardware, and tons of interesting projects to work on. Although reorganizations are common, their end goal is to build a better company and better teams. Management is very accommodating with any personal requests and approachable. Fantastic work environment that makes you happy to go to work.

    Cons

    I honestly have few cons. The only one really being that having company paid benefits would be great. But due to the amount of time and money invested in employees it is a minor concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very beneficial experience at EY

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

    I worked at EY as an intern

    Pros

    Learning environment throughout the internship.

    Cons

    There is not much to say.

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    Senior Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Great for training, culture is great and there is a steady promotion path.

    Cons

    Compensation is low in comparison to others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at EY, opened so many opportunities that I didn't not have before

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work. Learned so much. EY is a great place for people to start their career. The people you work with is the most enjoyable part of work.

    Cons

    It was difficult during tax busy season. No one can prepare you for it until you have done it. You will find out quickly if EY is a good fit for you or not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment and inner training system

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior
    Former Employee - Audit Senior

    I worked at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are very collaborative and friendly.

    Cons

    Long hours and especially before the issuance of reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign more people to projects so we donot have to work overtime

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at EY as an intern

    Pros

    Flexible, people are very nice, good benefit, diverse

    Cons

    Not willingly to train people, workers have two faces. Somehow staff 1 trains intern not senior level. Staff 1 does not have knowledge how to train an intern. Senior has to train interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the term is not diverse. Should be diverse not just one race.
    Senior position has to train interns not staff 1 who is a lower level and just graduated the college. Those people do not know how to train people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Everyone should work atleast once in their life

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Multiple project, great experience, great talent

    Cons

    Travel demands can be very high. Work life balance can be low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great place to start

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    meet a lot awesome people. variety of clients. different experience.

    Cons

    long hours sometimes but mainly depend on the client. less flexibility if you are a staff.

  11.  

    Satisfactory, growth oriented and diversified.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    People, culture, and opportunities, and training opportunities

    Cons

    Compensation, not too much inner mobility

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