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EY Reviews

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137 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good place to work.

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    The people are the best. I really enjoyed working with some of the most well-round, intelligent people among the Big 4 accounting firms. Culture at the firm is great and team oriented. If you like accounting you will fit right in. There is also a lot of freedom to move from project to project.

    Cons

    One downside is that there is no clear execution of their corporate strategy. It was difficult hearing about the plan and then not seeing any changes occur. Another downside is that you need to take a very active role in navigating your career at the firm and find your own projects. It is helpful to communicate your career goals to your senior managers and partners, they will take your goals into consideration, but you will get staff where you are needed regardless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise senior management to provide a clear plan and execute the plan.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent perks but you will work hard for it

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    I'm love technology and EY makes excellent use of it. They stay current and provide a stable, easy to use infrastructure to get the job done. EY provides excellent benefits and time off. I love the 4 day weekends. I can honestly say that my management is flexible and understanding when you need them to be.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Will work you like a dog. The performance management process is brutal. You have to write goals, then before you know it, your midyear is due...what wait...Annual is right around the corner. At last, time to rest, oh wait, your goals are due. Like I said Brutal!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like it will help

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hard work, fair pay,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, Business Valuation in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, Business Valuation in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Name recognition. Upward opportunity if you stick around to become partner.

    Cons

    High time commitments. The work life balance is weighted very strongly toward work. However to be fair if you communicate personal needs managers will do their best to accommodate. The performance reviews are a forced curve so some great performers are reviewed as underperforming. Lack of transparency in the bonus system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make bonus and review process more transparent. Make expectations clear and measure against those. Eliminate the "black box". Own up to the fact that it is ac challenging place to work. Constantly highlighting the rare measures being taken to assist certain individuals makes it seem like those opportunities are available to all employees, when in fact only 10% will be able to take advantage of them. And peers and managers will make you feel guilty for shifting work.

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  5.  

    Great place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Great place to work with qualified motivated people and advance your career. Great advancement opportunities, competitive wages. You end up advancing quickly, and rarely doing the same thing more than twice - - which can be uneasy, but I think is good because you end up moving on to learn other things.

    Cons

    Transient population - so you're not sure you'll be working with the same people next year, which can be a good thing though, since it means that you aren't waiting for someone to be promoted for you to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the career planning is well set for the employees - - there can be a tendancy to manage 6-12 months out, only.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Care for employees. There is a true sense of care when you go through orientation. This can be both a place you can make a career with or as a great stepping stone into a job you may want. High turnover may mean faster promotion.

    Cons

    Maybe the lower starting salary and the hours you have to work during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work with growth process but make sure the quality is consistent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "The People"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    People, Learning , growth and Flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation, Long hours, not so open communication...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open Communication, increase compensation to attract and reatin top candidates

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work if you are willing to work hard.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Staff in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    -Great knowledge sharing
    -Great brand name
    -Emphasis on rotations, if you rate highly

    Cons

    -Long hours, but that is industry-standard
    -Bad expense reimbursement policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue to build up the lower levels for later success
    -Work on retention
    -Improve expense reimbursement policies

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company - Great People.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Good Company - great people.

    Cons

    Nohting I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working at Ernst & Young is a valuable experience overall

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

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Diverisity awareness. Good will of management - they want to do the right thing even when they don't always manage to

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are perceived to be given arbitrarily; long hours; small or no bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more transparency in salaries and other management decisions - may be difficult to achieve in a secretive partnership culture

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start a career, but bad place to make money.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Houston, TX

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    EY is a great place to start a career. EY has great clients and great training and learning tools.

    Cons

    Although EY is a great place to start a career, you will be overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the mid-level workers and comparable pay to other jobs and industries to retain these workers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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