EY Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
4,359 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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  1.  

    Could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  Hamilton (Bermuda)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Hamilton (Bermuda)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The clients/experience are good but the rest is not really at all. Same as most Big 4 but 20x worse because all of your staff are in India.

    Cons

    Long, long, lonnnnnnng hours, partners dont care, audit methodology given from NYC office is basically ignored until they do a review and force it down their throats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring people who actually have insurance / asset mgmt experience instead of a bunch of canadians that have audited nothing but manufacturing clients and wood mills because you (the partners) are canadian.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The place where no one cares about you

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    Former Employee - Tax Staff  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Boston, MA

    I worked at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    various client work, smart people

    Cons

    unless you have a senior or manager that takes a liking to you, you have no chance at succeeding

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disorganization rules

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Senior I  in  Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Senior I in Milan (Italy)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Skilled colleagues, in Italy salaries are higher than in the banking sector.

    Cons

    It can happen that your senior manager has never worked a single day during your year experience with the company, but also that you are paid to work with Bloomberg and Fincad and the company doesn't buy licenses for cost cutting.
    In general, the less you are able to do, the more you will have a bright career. The more you are able to sell yourself, the more you are important.
    "Quality in everything we do" is just a joke, at least in Italy.
    As said, in Italy salaries may be considered good if compared to the banking sector, poor if you thing that you'll work 12 hours a day with no extras paid. In general, you need to stay for long hours to be considered a good resource, even if your stay is totally useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, fire lazy and ignorant managers and senior managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good on the CV but thats it

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior  in  Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great reputation.

    Thats all they have going for them. really it is. reputations is why they have grads lining up out of the door to get hired by them but almost all leave as soon as they are qualified. but thats no problem because they have another endless line of grads wanting to join!

    Cons

    Worked in the Luton office for 5 years.

    -long hrs
    -no social life
    -poor career progression: its all politics. who you know rather than what you know
    -poor training: seriously why the hell are ex-big4 seen as so good. it wasnt until I joined a top 20 accountancy practice did i realise how little big4 graduates actually know about accounting. skill set you develop at EY is actually pretty narrow although perfectly suited for them. but when you get to a different firm you realise how well rounded other accountancy grads are and how poorly trained and narrow you are. Told by several recruitment agencies that a lot of practices particularly smaller practices prefer not to take on ex-big4 staff.
    - bad pay!!! I make 30% more doing the same job with better hrs at a top 20 firm than at EY
    -bland uninteresting work colleagues. they all come from the same types of background. work parties were an endless boring pain
    -EVERYONE seems fake
    - really bad career management. trying to move up the company is not easy. very competitive with few opening and lots of grads going after them. creates a culture of staff ALWAYS under charging their time, under mining and back chatting about other colleagues, taking on unreasonable about of extra work to try and stand out and allowing managers to take advantage of them to show how much they "enjoy" the "challenge" of the extra work load
    - ENDLESS amount of admin, forms to fill in, surveys needing to be filled out by other departments, feed back request, POINTLESS training on the other side of London at peak work times that you HAVE to attend. Honestly i spent over 3hrs a days on admin on top of my ever increasing work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more staff, cut the admin, plan your budgets more, change your recruitment process, listen to staff complaining about hrs, create a better and more equal culture where work is recognised not how funny/engaging the person was at the company party, paymore,
    more relevant training instead of the pointless lectures by every senior person who visits the Luton office from london.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    recommended for one or two years max

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    different industry experience, good know how

    Cons

    work life balance, senior management

  7.  

    Bad experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    If you consider this is good, there is too much work

    Cons

    Leaders are weak, can't stand on their feet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please see what is going on on the floor

  8.  

    Nice ideas, badly executed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Work life balance, salary, people

    Cons

    Partners who have spent their lives in consultancy have no clue about real life. Partnership structure is not appropriate for a 21st century business. EY needs to practice what it preaches to its clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Forward thinking is not encourage. Old ideas and culture. Technology is out dated

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Compensation and benefits are very good. It is not enough to put up with lack of skills internally in IT.

    Cons

    No collaboration across teams or organization, out dated technology, unyeilding to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your style of managing, but listening to your employee. Move away from the intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    FSO-Taylorist sweatshop - a body shop temp-staffing agency

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    Former Employee - FSO Staff  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - FSO Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    brand name
    * no real other pros*
    *they do pay a measely relocation bonus, but not nearly enough*
    *nickel and dime people on legitimate expenses*

    Cons

    * long hours, lack of flexibility for people wanting to have a healthy sleeping, eating and excercise schedule
    * petty, hypocritical, greedy, narcissist and egotistical partners
    * very poor health care options
    * lack of specialization and skill development opportunities for junior staff
    * rewarding of supplicant yes-monkey lackeys full of mediocrity, rampant favoritism
    * abdication of critical thinking in favor of rubber-stamp, box-checking mentality
    * not a place where top performers are rewarded based on merit
    * dificult lateral movement
    * haphazard and inconsistent mentoring, basically just so taht the mentor can collect his bonus
    * worthless in-house training sessions done for collecting checkmarks, not learning
    * too many direct admit partners and partners who do not share original EY culure
    * race to the bottom, instead of the top,- EY competes with temp-staffing agencies for contracts resulting in massive staff augmentation projects, where the EY staff is loaned to the client to do the work that the client cant do / bc the client fired their own staff
    * EY should be trying to compete with the likes of Bain in the fields of consulting. instead of Robert Half and Labour Ready
    * at least in a Temp Agency you get a choice of which city and which company you accept to work at, get paid time and a half overtime, and are not required to do unpaid extracurricular activities
    *in Uncle Ernie's sweatshop, you could be living in Manhattan, and get staffed in a back-office of some scandal-ridden, troubled bank that you dont' want to have on your resume as a client working in some podunk town in the deep woods of New Jersey...get paid for only 40 hours a week, when you are working 70 hours
    * MY ADVICE- you're better off taking an entry level compliance analyst job at a big bank or working for a temp agency that staffs big banks with a much better quality of life and work-life balance, less insanity and less backstabbing. you are not going to find many opportunities other than compliance consuting at EY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too top heavy,- huge partnership and commoditized staff pool is an outdated and increasingly irrelevant model. Either fire 90% of partners- they add nothing to the firm, dilute culture and spread mediocrity, divorce consulting from the audit completely- do not allow auditors and accountants to become consulting partners. Or cut the bull**** and become the temp staffing agency in regulatory compliance that you already are

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Broken IT Services-OSS management

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    Current Employee - Onsite Services Technician  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Onsite Services Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay if you don't mind the life-ending stress

    Cons

    Broken management, especially in IT-Services; High stress, treats employees like a yo-yo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current IT Services management (specifically in Atlanta and Alpharetta) needs to be fixed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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