EY Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
4,686 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 234 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 673 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 711 reviews)

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  1. 5 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for, lots of opportunities for varied experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Genuinely looks to incorporate inclusiveness into all working practices, people look out for team members and actively provide opportunities for growth and development, a lot of internal progression and chances to change role / location

    Cons

    Relatively rigid formal progression structure, depending on role can require frequent travel and significant virtual teaming, experience can depend on specific project / clients / teams - meaning it's left to you to strategically move projects to get the best experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal policy and performance metrics don't align with communications / promoted initiatives, e.g use of full utilization which encourages staff not to take PTO and thus a stressed and tired workforce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Amazing learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at EY as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most people were very nice and willing to help you. They are very community service geared. The work culture wasn't so pressurized as I've seen in other firms. You are also encouraged to follow your interests, and are able to voice your interest in another service line and most likely will be able to switch.

    Cons

    At a big firm such as this one, sometimes work goes unnoticed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot very quickly and there is no limit to your success. You get to work on very complex deals.

    Cons

    The hours can be tough but manageable just set expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Love the international collaboration with our affiliate offices around the world. produce world shaping support to global organizations. The pay is awesome

    Cons

    People like all other places, some of them can be challenging to work with. Especially in this Type A environment where everyone is trying to make Partner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are great initiatives for diversity and inclusiveness but much much more needs to be done to stamp out the silos and favoritism that goes on. This is a challenge for any organization so I understand it's something that can't be completely fixed but it is something that still needs attention to from the leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Strong career growth and opportunities

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Defined career path, many learning opportunities, great colleagues, smart people, challenging and sometimes stressful situations prepare you well for many scenario if you decide to enter industry, Big 4 experience is attractive to other companies if/when you decide to leave.

    Cons

    Be prepared to travel depending on your practice and service line. Purely metrics driven and competitive. Inorganic growth when business is booming, often at the highest levels, which can lead to fewer opportunities for seasoned professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay competitive with pay and perks/benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at EY part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    everything was perfect in my eyes

    Cons

    nothing was wrong in my eyes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everything perfect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Everyone is nice, warm-hearted and good listener

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

    I worked at EY as an intern

    Pros

    You could get touch with fantastic people and collegial work experience and coach. Chance to meet and connect with plenty of clients within different areas.

    Cons

    You should work hard and not only achieve the manager's expectation but grow everyday. Work-life balance is tough issue for each big 4

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Experience at EY

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

    I have been working at EY as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    EY sets up a lot of different intern events and experiences so that interns are able to really enjoy their internship. In addition to the intern events you also do the work that is staff 1 level so you get a real idea of what the day to day job would be like.

    Cons

    They through you in head first and sort of just expect you to swim.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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