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EY Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
4,804 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 239 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 680 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 718 reviews)

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  1. 14 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  

    Great learning and growth opportunity.

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity and you get to work with talented individuals.

    Cons

    Not much work life balance.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Culture of employees
    Nice management environment
    People are generally very friendly

    Cons

    Low salary compared to competition
    open space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salaries in order to be competitive compared to the rest consulting firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    decade of experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    If you put in the hard work the first few years, you can see tremendous payoffs (eventually). Its not for everyone, but there is good room for advancement.

    Cons

    The new bonus program feel completely flat, and demotivated employees. Management should have seen this coming, but lowering salary increases and providing only a small bonus to all is NOT what the people were looking for.

  6.  

    Great company to begin career

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth in different areas, high name brand and the ability to work on differen't areas. Young culture with motivated people.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of hours. Corporate red tape, surrounded by people who can cruise to just get by. Pay is low compared to others but they rationale because they have more quality people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was afunandrelaxed experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    there was flexibility of how you want to do work. I was allowed to finish my assignment from home and had to just meet the guidelines and dates. Even though there was a lot of work it was a good experience

    Cons

    I think the work life balance could easily be an issue,but since i was just an intern i do not think i could give a lot of cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great starting point of your career

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

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    There are many high performing individuals in this organization and they build a great supportive community. I love the group dynamics - many people are out there to help you succeed. The training program is enjoyable and really aimed at having you network. Teams are understanding to your situations and changing circumstances.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a little skewed - as with any big auditing firm. It's not just a simple act of "going through the motions" - you must push yourself hard. That being said, this company is very much "what you put in you'll get out". Making a good brand for yourself is vital in your future opportunities and performance with the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    manager

    • 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

    Pros

    reputation, company values, people, access to clients. exit options, promotion opportunities, compensation

    Cons

    travel, project availability, politics, perks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to start your career

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    unlimited resources to help with complex issues, always learning and being challenge, great growth opportunity, flexibility can be earned over time, great list of clients (i.e, google, apple, HP, etc.)

    Cons

    unpredictable schedule, staffing is always a issue, heavily regulated by PCAOB which required more work, travel is required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not sure how to balance between quality of work with higher profile margin

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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 full-time

    Pros

    Good work and Learning experience

    Cons

    Long hours for busy season

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