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Updated April 27, 2015
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Great experience in short time.

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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 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 (92)

    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. Fasted pace environment not for the weary

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, intelligent co-workers, flexibility

    Cons

    occasional long hours, heavy workload, high levels of reporting

    Advice to Management

    keep seeking ways to reward high performers

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  5. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Riverside, CA

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot to learning through the pressure environment.

    Cons

    Large workload is very heavy, frequently overtime

    Advice to Management

    work life balance

  6. Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Senior Management and Partners has great expertise in their areas. Transparent and methodic yearly evaluation processes, serious coaching sessions year round to promote professional growth.

    Cons

    High percentage of time is assigned in engagements outside of the base city, so it involves lots of traveling.

    Advice to Management

    Initial training was very frugal and not properly organized. Investing in further training for new hires would help both them and their teams in initial projects.

  7. Assurance Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melrose, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melrose, MA

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with!

    Cons

    Annoying to switch desks every day

  8. your experience will depend on your group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great groups within National Tax, some horrible ones. Great room for growth and many different fields to switch into if you want to change course. Lots of networking opportunities and down to earth people.

    Cons

    Some great groups within National Tax, some horrible ones. LLPs are always like a group of small boutique firms. If you end up in one that isn't a good fit for you, find a way to move to another one without giving up on the entire firm.

    Advice to Management

    Follow a structure based on merit and fairness.

  9. Manager

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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 grow fast

    Cons

    Long hours and aggressive deadlines

  10. Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in Richmond, VA

    I worked at EY

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

    Pros

    The pros were many - culture, benefits and the people were high quality. It offers great opportunities for learning and development as well.

    Cons

    Travel is high in the advisory services practice and there is tremendous pressure to sell - while many long-term relationships are team sales - people tend to fight over sales credit.

    Advice to Management

    Create more team goals to prevent fighting for sales credit. Encourage people to cross train in areas other than their specialty.

  11. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Opportunity for growth and advancement
    Great office location overlooking OC
    Good training and development
    Positive culture not too political

    Cons

    Compensation is average
    Benefits are also not that great
    Can be a status quo environment, not willing to try new and creative solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Seek ideas from middle and lower levels of the organization.
    Allow for situational leadership rather than one size fits all

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