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Updated August 4, 2015
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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger
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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 (20)

    Great experience in short time.

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    • 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 (120)

    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. Assurance Staff

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    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 place to work! Excellent on your resume.

    Cons

    Large corporations so not the place if you want to know everyone.


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  5. Good place to start if you're a single person

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

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

    Pros

    excellent co-works, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    hectic hours from January to April

    Advice to Management

    Try to cut down on hours


  6. Pleasant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Advisor Program - Advisory Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Advisor Program - Advisory Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at EY (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Quite a number of perks. Healthy work-life balance. Decent pay compared to competitors. Good upward progression

    Cons

    If you've done your research into the type of work and clients you'll be working with, then there is very little to complain about. It's an excellent place to start your career if you're interested in the work they do


  7. FSO advisory PI

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FSO Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - FSO Advisory Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart young people. Top tier clients. Work life balance is pretty decent for a consulting firm, if you are on a long term engagement.

    Cons

    Overall, the risk practice is much more mature than PI. If you work in PI, be prepared to be loaned out by your sub service line to risk to join project as PMO, business analyst or anything in between that doesn't require you to have deep content knowledge. That essentially takes you out of the market of your core competency area.


  8. Hard work but worth it

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    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 amount of knowledge that you can absorb in just a short time is unbelievable. Your teammates and superiors are always willing to help and coach you so you can succeed.

    Cons

    The hours are long, and the work can be tedious.


  9. So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great smart group of people with great management

    Cons

    There will never be enough time... but you can make it work


  10. Absolutely love it !

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Best work culture Best People culture Flexibility Wealth of Experience Good career growth potential

    Cons

    Stressful Environment (Something that is consistent across the Big 4)

    Advice to Management

    With the consistent focus on providing the highest quality service and doing the right thing, EY is definitely on its way to achieve its 2020 vision and build a better working world !


  11. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, client focused with exposure to Sr. Management at banks.

    Cons

    Long hours, no downtime, extensive travel on the job.



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