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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 (17)

    Great experience in short time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (118)

    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. great place to start your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Great place to start a career

    Cons

    Long hours and travel required.


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    Current Employee - Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at EY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people with an amazing culture

    Cons

    Sometimes work ife balance can get a little off track


  6. good oppurtunity

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    it provides the employees good job

    Cons

    none that i can think of at the moment


  7. EY SD staff 2 review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning experience and excellent opportunities. Everyone at the office is intelligent and highly motivated. The firm also provides affordable health care options, covers and multitude of work related expenses, and a 401k matching program. If you're planning on starting a career in accounting in San Diego you'll be hard pressed to find a better firm to start at.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes hard to see the value in your work, management is generally thankless. You feel very replaceable at times.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer expectations: There probably isn't a way to shorten the hours due to the nature of the industry but the amount of stress could be reduced if there was more communication between management and the rest of the engagement team. Better/more consistent coaching: Carving out more time on engagements for better on the job coaching of staff. The training classes we attend are useful but still lack the depth needed to really prepare staff for field work. More training focused on specific substantive procedures instead of general audit.


  8. Internal Audit

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

    I worked at EY full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to start your caree

    Cons

    Too busy for a new graduate


  9. Great company to start career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Risk and Assurance Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Risk and Assurance Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY full-time

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

    Pros

    really great environment with the ability to move around if you show initiative and produce high quality work. majority are willing to help in some way

    Cons

    to be honest had a really great experience and would highly recommended looking for employment, have not experienced it so far but many say it can be a lot of work sometimes for not a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    keep moving in the right direction, management team is trying to adjust to the future and it seems as if they are doing a good job adapting to new opportunities as they come available through regulation


  10. Advisory Intern

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

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people are very friendly here. Everyone is there to support you and give you any advice or career prospects you could want.

    Cons

    The cons would have to be that I didn't get to see a lot of different business areas at one time. It is also hard to understand advisory without being in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to spend a lot of time on campuses talking about examples of projects that you might perform if you work in this program for EY.


  11. Love it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    this job is great i love it

    Cons

    there is nothing wrong with this job



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