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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
5,095 Reviews
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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. 47 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.  

    It was nice interning.

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    • 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
  3.  

    great company with advancement

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    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
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  5.  

    Internship

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    • 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
  6.  

    Great firm... culture changing

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    • 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
  7.  

    Great company, excpetional work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded, good work environment, great people to be around.

    Cons

    Lots of work. Don't take an offer thinking you can slouch around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I had many opportunities to learn and advance

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great Job

    • 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 work life balance outside of busy season. Exciting work and will keep you on your feet.

    Cons

    Busy season can be very long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Tax Staff

    • 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 people, lots of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Long hours, life at a big company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive working environment with a personal approch

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Personal experience despite size
     - Global reach: you get to work with the world's most influential companies and you get to do so with a very diverse team.
    - All about getting the most of each employee - providing a personal development route to every individual.

    Cons

    Not all EY offices are made equal - as it is a partnership and not a real global firm, you will notice that different EY firms are not as good to their employees as much as the US or UK firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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