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Updated April 17, 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

    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 (89)

    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. assurance staff 1

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people culture. Excellent learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Same problem of work-life balance as the other big four

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  5. S2

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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

    good salary,good promotion,learning oportunity.
    fly around the world
    collage is good
    snrs are kindly

    Cons

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  6. Helpful (1)

    Staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere; a lot of different choices after several years' experience; the pay increases every year steadily.

    Cons

    Sometimes overtime work a lot, and not every project has enough money to provide OTs.

  7. Elite

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at EY as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Training for auditing, accounting and IT skills.

    Cons

    Not so many on-site experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give more on-site opportunities to short-term interns.

  8. Senior Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    They're a very good company for a number of reasons, which include a fair salary, training, good management practices, very good benefits and I found they were an excellent choice for women in particular because of the benefits they provide for maternity leave. They also are very professional and non-discriminatory, which says a lot for an organization.

    Cons

    The last time I worked there was over 10 years ago before I went onto school to complete my bachelor's degree so, it's likely their policies have changed. Their career development at the time was average in helping administrative assistants who excel find other places for themselves within the firm as well as further training so in part this falls to their lack of management at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Unsure of what management model EY is using today however directing women who are leaders, team players, etc. in an Administrative Assistant role would be a big step in the right direction. I am confident there are methods for doing this that would make the Boston office very appealing to many women/men who would like an opportunity to work at a high end accounting firm that has a longstanding reputation for excellence. This would be a step in the right direction in retaining employees as well as encouraging them to find a career.

  9. Just got hired so can't comment yet

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    Current Employee - Supervising Associate Compliance in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Supervising Associate Compliance in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    They are a great company with great benefits. Name looks good on your resume. They offer a pension, which hardly anyone does anymore. $500 a year for gym membership or exercise equipment.

    Cons

    Just got hired so can't comment yet, but I wish the 401k matching was more or you didn't have to wait the 4 years to get the 50% matching.

  10. Helpful (1)

    senior

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Great place to learn
    Professional people
    Recognizing firm
    Good reference and experience

    Cons

    No work/life balance that always is a challenge

  11. Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking environment, but flexible about personal working habits. Fun work events. Large growth potential in consulting division. Good pay and reimbersment

    Cons

    corporate events sometimes seem to be more of a requirement than something you can enjoy. Some unintelligent people do seem to slip through the cracks

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