EY Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
4,460 Reviews
3.7
4,460 Reviews
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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    From good to okay

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good brand, pushes you to achieve, decent culture

    Cons

    The firm seems to have lost its people focus. The stress level has risen significantly and the focus has turned inward versus client focused. I do more presentations internally now than in front of clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a breather and examine the impact of initiatives on your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ey audit

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    opportunity to work with smart people and on good accounts. opportunity to work on various accounts, always place to grow and do more things. learning never stops pretty much. perks and benefits are probably comparable to other big 4.

    Cons

    difficult to move around different practices or get experience in different groups. what you personally want rarely matters, firm needs come first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions are pretty straight forward, promotion is given, unless you screw up or work with an unreasonable boss, which happens sometimes. culture really depends on the team that you are working on. i have experience very different working styles, depending on who you work with. all lunches are typically consumed at the desk working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    some pluses, but ignore the marketing -- hours worked is the firm's only concern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - a fair number of smart, hardworking, and thoughtful people
    - notable clients and (often) interesting work
    - presence in all major markets
    - definite resume boost, and unmatched alumni network

    Cons

    - compensation tends to be below-market
    - expect to work weekends, holidays, and vacations -- for client-facing roles, personal space and workplace flexibility are talked about but often times are not encouraged or respected
    - rigid review, compensation, and (fairly limited) bonus system doesn't reward highest performers & lets average coworkers slide by
    - lackluster 401k
    - antiquated technology
    - significant red tape and nearly impenetrable internal policies and processes
    - slow to change; not particularly innovative or exciting
    - a lot of 'same as last year' and 'i-did-this-at-your-age-so-you-will-too' mentality among midlevel / senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent Experience

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Its as close to "Management Consulting" experience as many will get an opportunity in, especially those who work in the industry. Also, you work on different things every few months, therefore work is interesting.

    Cons

    1. Senior leadership pushes the people-culture agenda, but in reality that is not always the case. Given the expected growth rate, a lot of PPEDs and senior managers are under pressure for results. Nothing wrong with it, but some are very unprofessional and expect you to drop everything to help them (including client work).

    2. Given the focus on utilization, folks are being put on projects outside their field with the hope to move them as soon as possible (lucky for me, this has not been the case)

    3. Some promotions are based on "perceived hard work" vs. actual quality of work performed. Not sure why this is being promoted, but this was definitely the case in this year's promotion cycle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Few years ago, this was a great firm and everyone promoted the people-culture set the senior management. Now, its more focused has shifted and its like any other firm. It does not differentiate itself for high-quality workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Associate- Audit (Assurance)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I first started working here, I really enjoyed the team I was working on. Everyone was flexible and there was open communication about projects and expectations. Every year, as long as you're a good worker, there is a raise in salary and a promotion. Recently, EY implemented a performance based salary so that is also nice.

    Cons

    The Company really doesn't compensate you enough for the amount of hours you put in. You get a rating each year that determines your raise and they try to be transparent but your final rating is normally lower than the ratings you received on your jobs. Schedules are dictated someone quitting the team, which means they need another worker not necessarily if you want to work on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better so you keep good workers around. Experienced hires aren't as knowledgeable as people who have been with EY since they were a staff.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Building a working world where you'd better be a politician and a salesman to succeed in Advisory.

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The firm as a whole supports an inclusive, positive culture. There are some fantastic people in the company who will support you and encourage you. Similar to the other Big 4 firms, flexibility can be great at all levels as long as you're able to deliver. Vacation allowance is good (if you can ever find the time to take it).

    Cons

    Ever since joining a growing practice in Advisory, it has becomes clear that SALES are the one thing that will bring recognition and financial reward. If you contribute significantly to sales, you can do no wrong. If you're only good at lame things like doing great quality work and being a strong people-person and keeping your clients happy, nobody cares. If you are involved in recruiting and lead volunteer opportunities and coach / train other people, nobody cares. If you rescue toddlers from burning buildings -- meh. You're probably "meeting expectations" and will be rewarded with a mediocre raise and a laughable "performance-based" bonus.

    Other cons (coming from Advisory lens): Politics are in deeply play at higher levels. On-boarding for experienced hires is poor. Training opportunities are limited or non-existent for many of the growing Advisory service areas, leaving you to figure most things out for yourself. In the push to grow the Advisory practice, a few crazies have slipped in the door. And will this firm ever get decent search engine / screen sharing / FTP technologies?!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Advisory management: stop pretending like you "value" anything besides sales. Because really, you don't. But maybe you should, because you're building a culture where sales-minded sharks are put on a pedestal, and meanwhile other talented, well-rounded people are walking out the door.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Culture, Low Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Advisory Program - Advisory Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Advisory Program - Advisory Staff in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The culture at EY is great and there is a push from management for work life balance. Good opportunities for networking.

    Cons

    Low Salary (in general for the Big Four). Review process is confusing and can be unfair. Even with prior work experience fast promotion is extremely hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making the review process more transparent and re-evaluate salaries for people with advance degrees who are hired at the staff level.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great exposure to diverse audit and risk advisory engagements building a strong core advisory foundation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager - Risk Advisory Services  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager - Risk Advisory Services in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diversity, inclusiveness, training, and extensive network of internal resources.

    Cons

    High emphasis on sales and navigating the political landscape at the manager and executive level; may be restricted to transition to antoher practice more aligned with your competency due to resource needs; and some great talents undervalued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Upstairs/Downstairs" culture at EY

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    EY has a database or program or department for anything you could possibly think of- amazing.

    Cons

    The office atmosphere is toxic from office manager (and some staff) who should have retired LONG ago. The admins stay in the same position for 37-40 years, some of them. Toooo long! They need to shuffle it up to keep things fresh and to keep these people willing to learn new methods of working, make them open to new hires. As it is, it's toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administrative staff is invisible to the Masters of the Universe at EY. They are SO stingy with raises, no rewards for admin staff for going above & beyond, no recognition for admins. Now, if you are on the "Upstairs" part of the EY culture, things are different.
    Sending so many jobs to India is unpatriotic, how about help out Americans?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience at EY

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    better work life balance comparing to other big 4s

    Cons

    Busy season is always tough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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