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Updated August 28, 2015
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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 (24)

    Great experience in short time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 (125)

    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. Senior Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great values, employee-driven, flexible, focus on people and business.

    Cons

    Can be stressful, involve long hours.


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  5. great talent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, ambitious targets, ability to show growth

    Cons

    the travel kills you. It does not matter how prepared you are, 100% travel is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Try to maximize telepresence tools


  6. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and flexibility in the workplace.

    Cons

    Has very quiet office setting.


  7. EY Review

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

    Pros

    great people, want to help you succeed and do well in your carerr

    Cons

    no bonuses for Staffs, pay is a little lower compared to other big fours


  8. good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance at EY

    Cons

    long hours working at EY

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  9. Senior Advisory Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, hard working peers, quality work

    Cons

    Long hours, occasionally projects are not challenging


  10. Great place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tremendous training program for brand new EAs, but don't expect to hit the ground running. EY seems to invest in technology more than other companies I've experienced.

    Cons

    EY hires young, but expects experience beyond your years, so you'd better be able to walk the walk. More experienced EAs can expect a desk full of travel and meeting arrangements.

    Advice to Management

    Great program for virtual EAs but the bugs still need to be worked out.


  11. Good start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    You get to work on big-name clients that everyone has heard of. You get to see what life is like in the corporate world.

    Cons

    You are a small fish in a big pond. The review and career development process is slightly impersonal. You are just a part of a system, and people are not adequately rewarded for good work.



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