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Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Senior Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at EY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to training and knowledge base is a plus.

    Cons

    Partners are out for themselves and do not promote a collaborative, team-based approach. High turnover as expectations on business development, utilization, and practice development result in 80+ work weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring and developing staff should be the highest priority versus gross margins. Treat your employees like your highest paying customers, and you should see a better retention rate.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Job from hell

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resource Manager - Supervising Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Resource Manager - Supervising Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The EY brand looks good on your resume

    Cons

    This review is for the Resource Management Department - Incompetent Managers work hard to put you down rather than lead and coach you. The whole team thrives by pointing fingers. The policy is CYA... Do what it takes to get ahead, even if it means getting others fired.
    When it comes to promotion, they will even look at how many time-sheets you've missed, so as to stiff you on money.
    For a leading company, their technology and systems are a decade old! Don't expect innovation, or creativity here.
    Baffled how they win awards for best place for women to work for. Its all Media propaganda. They spend the a lot of money on marketing & PR rather than work to truly make the place a better place to work.
    Overall its a very toxic place.

    Advice to Management

    Creating an environment of fear and stress is not a very intelligent way to run a team.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Advanced Tax Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Maternity benefits as far as I heard from other employees like having connections with some renowed hospitals. But the just mothers has to come to office after 3 months and one has to fight a lot to avail the WORK FROM HOME that too only for 4 hours a day, the remaing 4 hours the mom has to come to office to work.
    2. Insurance policy.

    I know many employers give these kind of benefits to the employees but can't think of anything other than these two

    Cons

    As a tax analyst.

    1. Even in my interview they clearly specified that I cannot expect the Work Life Balance. Atleast one has to work for 12 hours in the office in the Tax season that is 8 months per year. 6 days per week in the busy season. If employee is sick they have to come to work on Sunday as well to compensate.
    2. Severe stress from the team leads and the managers, which is one of the reasons for me to quit.
    3. Kind of a data entry job.
    4. Difficult to switch jobs since only few companies like Delloitte, KPMG and PWC deals with taxes.
    5. Hostile work environment

    Advice to Management

    Monitor the TL s and Managers and how the work environment is in the team. Attrition rate is high. NO ONE wants to stay in the firm for more than a year. Who ever I encountered wants to leave the firm once they get another offer.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    It's your nightmare

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

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Yeah, they organize parties sometimes

    Cons

    lack of a work culture, stupid bosses, they want you to work like slavish dogs, very exploitative

    Advice to Management

    Oldies, please quit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    If you have a partner, no way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at EY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well organized company
    Some benefits
    Travel a lot (if you like to be away from home) 80-100%

    Cons

    Unexperienced managers
    Lots of frustrated people
    Not a place to use your brain
    Low level tasks in all areas

    Advice to Management

    Pay a lot more attention who you are promoting, being there for X years does not give you a job, some people are really not qualified and not experienced enough, and others are highly overqualified.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Adminstrative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tawau, Sabah (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tawau, Sabah (Malaysia)

    I have been working at EY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good expense policy, employee benefit such as company trip, staff allowance, annual leave and clinic panel is provided.
    - Company policy are good, bonus, increment, salary are on time.

    Cons

    - Partner here breaks the policy, partner can promote someone he likes to position manager simply? Only work for three years from fresh graduate, this is unfair for us.
    - Pay slightly.
    - Recruit applier through informal way, acquaintance being recruit not based on the result.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to everyone


  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, that was it --- so many other people were exodusing the firm that they had to offer alot of pay to sucker people in

    Cons

    Everything except the pay --- the worst employment experience of my life. Left the second I contractually was able to.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Slave Labour

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Big company name on your curriculum vitae. Nice colleagues, especially the ones who work at the same level as you

    Cons

    long hours. minimum pay. disrespectful.
    There life no work life balance and they are quite happy with that

    Advice to Management

    Give people more money. treat them better and reduce the attrition rates. EY outside of India does a much better job at managing people


  10. Helpful (3)

    Political and Adversarial

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work for FTSE 100 firms in the risk and regulatory space and gain some good experience, especially if you have recently graduated and it is your first role
    - Client focused, the customer is king
    - Good support staff, e.g.in house publishing team

    Cons

    - Horrendous internal politics and internal competition to work on client engagements
    - Bureaucratic processes and systems. In some cases, lacking!
    - The Advisory Partners aren’t really interested in the anyone below Director level
    - The Directors have their favourites and it is difficult to progress without their support, e.g. to be placed on specific client engagements
    - Alot of Managers and Senior Managers are out of their depth compared to those from commerce but portray themselves as industry experts!
    - No clear career path or alternatives if you don’t wish to progress to Partner
    - Hot desking is a pain and the onsite restaurant isn’t that great

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (1)

    Accounting Advisory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Experience is highly recognized by industry and banks
    - Add value to CV if in the early stage of career

    Cons

    - Overselling the position and providing inaccurate job information during hiring process

    - Very very few advisory projects / opportunities available, and hence most people are either unbooked or doing admin stuff across different levels on regular basis.

    - Leadership feels giving you advisory work is a reward you should be extremely grateful for. To fully ''utilize'' people as resources (due to sadly few advisory projects / clients), they will put people to AUDIT to bring in revenue from other teams to create this misleading growth that is in fact not driven by advisory projects.

    - However, despite lack of projects, they still keep recruiting people internally (from other countries) and externally by overselling the position with inaccurate information (not telling people the fact that management will put you to AUDIT).

    -If people don't please management they way they wanted it (e.g. doing face time or pretending that you are keen on AUDIT), management will tell employees they are not incentivized to ''help'' them and take them off AUDIT, which on every individual level seems like a threat.

    - Confusing recruiting criteria. Many managers and executives that have very limited relevant experiences/skills required of advisory job (or even AUDIT) are hired. Some even struggle with language.

    - Nasty blaming culture. backstabbing, putting blame down on junior people, taking other people's credit and reporting upward are not uncommon.

    - They have a tendency to downgrade people hired externally to slow down their career progression. The pay is okay among Big 4, but much lower than industry for the same level.

    Advice to Management

    Have some ethics and don't take people for granted.



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