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EY Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
5,121 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 701 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 734 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entrance Position, a lot a head of you

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    - Amazing company, really friendly people, great benefits, nice offices, good well known clients
    - Benefits included fitness allowance (pays for gym memberships, golf/dance lessons etc)
    - Personal days!
    - Really friendly people, average age is pretty young so you get a long with people really well

    Cons

    - Busy season is awful, especially if you are in FSI. LONGGGG Hours
    - Very boring work, you do the same thing over and over just with a different company, dont get to do many sections as a staff accountant
    - Dont get paid over time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying your employees overtime during busy season for their hard work. Give more work diversity to staff accounts to help them learn all aspects of an audit file and not just Cash and A/R

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 50 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.

  3.  

    FTDS Senior

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    FTDS is a great environment full of challenges and interesting work tasks. The variety of clients leads to different day to day work all the time

    Cons

    The mangers are horrible about managing time, expectations, and the client. All the typical big 4 non sense applies here. Long hours, low bonuses, no care for the individuals.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting Manager

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have found the culture at EY to be second to none. The people that we work with and the leaders that we work for are all top notch and often some of the best and brightest in their field. I have personally found the flexibility to be outstanding. Yes, we work hard, but many of us are able to work from home and/or have flexibility of the hours that we work. As long as the work gets done, I find that management doesn't much care whether or not you work a typical 9-5 or finish your work at 10 PM after your kids have gone to bed.

    Cons

    It is an incredibly complex environment. Our new employee will need to be comfortable asking questions and will need to have patience with themselves as it will take time for them to truly learn our business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to bubble up new ideas and be open to implementing the good ideas. Allow for more face to face time with internal teams and clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was nice interning.

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

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Good Pay, Nice People, Free Food, Variety, Travel

    Cons

    I don't really have any complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great firm... culture changing

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

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

    Pros

    great staff and partner ranks. all willing to roll up sleeves and work to get the job done

    Cons

    culture seems to be changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience at EY was very enjoyable. I had a chance to work on very interesting and challenging projects.

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is very competitive. Very good benefits and the chance to work with a great group of people.

    Cons

    For some organizations you can't take vacations during Tax return season. From January through May.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the Vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I had many opportunities to learn and advance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Mobile, AL

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    The pros of working at EY include the various types of industries you encounter and the professional connections you make.

    Cons

    The hard part of working at EY is the long hours and travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your employees have time for family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great company with advancement

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    great company with advancement and opportunity

    Cons

    not much to hate about it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Internship

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Did a great job of helping me learn the ropes. Also very well compensated

    Cons

    Difficult work like balance only because it was busy season

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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