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EY Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
4,313 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.  

    Great experience

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home when needed, excellent training and development of technical abilities, development of soft skills, and great relationships made.

    Cons

    Could be slightly higher pay, there are some politics but nothing that can't be managed, the amount of time driving to clients all over the Bay Area results in having to work at night more then necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about locations when assigning people to clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't work for San Francisco ESS

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great but beware of the golden handcuffs. Good vacation and health benefits but challenging environment. Pay is middle of the market. There are some great people that work for this company and in the San Francisco office but rarely in the ESS department and more specifically, not in ESS leadership. With a good business case, employees can get on a Flexible Work Arrangement. Their professional networks are a GREAT way to practice leadership.

    Cons

    Pessimistic leadership. San Francisco office participation in events is routinely at 30% to 40% and lower for the PPEDDs (partner/ principles, executive directors and directors). How sad is that? ESS (Enterprise Support Services) is a very dysfunctional group with lots of people putting each other down in hopes of their own success. ESS management does not invest in training nor acknowledge what it's employees have to offer. It's rare to grow into a different role and you're quickly locked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in those who work for you. They may actually work harder. Also, don't tell them people will promote them or mentor them and then not do it. I've heard this story many times from people who initially believed in you. It hurt them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Audit Associate

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

    Pros

    -Really great co-workers
    -Excellent team building events
    -Firm provides many courses to cover CPE

    Cons

    -Hours
    -Understaffed
    -Lack of mentorship
    -Office politics lead to a stressful work atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your staff and encourage teams to take time off instead of promoting long hours as a false pretense to efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Limited leadership and people development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Corporate perks, EY brand internationally quite popular, local brand recognition better than regional and national firms.Immediate access to regulatory changes, access to national practice leaders and thought leaders.

    Cons

    Limited people development efforts and leadership development efforts, subjective review/feedback process, which will hinder your personal and professional growth, lack of time/expectation management - therefore, folks tend to work long-hours. Limited quality in work -- some regional firms have better work quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees (consciously) to prevent high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    First impression is important

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Risk and Assurance Staff  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Risk and Assurance Staff in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - If you were able to prove yourself early on, teams will bring you in and you will be able to have a smoother time.
    - It's really what you make it out to be. You put in your time, effort and personal development, then you will definitely learn a lot more than just cruising.

    Cons

    - Hard to get work-life balance. You do have to sacrifice your personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - If management wants to retain good people, then they have to compensate them - either with time or money. Otherwise, they will be burnt out and leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid place to learn

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

    Pros

    -Great opportunities to work on exciting tech clients in the bay area
    -Ability to own a process at a client (revenue, equity, inventory, etc)
    -Able to manage team members below you after 1 year
    -'senior title' in two years
    -Directly interact with management (directors, controllers, etc) after a short period of time

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -Pay does not correlate with the hours we are required to work
    -Sometimes you will be working on boring tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue to clean up the technology issues
    -Evaluate the required audit forms, checklists, etc for inefficiency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Leaves a lot to be desired

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

    Pros

    - if you are outside of ESS/support services/CBS there is room for growth and movement
    - meet some good people
    - get to put a big 4 on your resume

    Cons

    - a culture of only doing what YOU have to do to get yourself by - little help from colleagues - things fall between the cracks because no one/no group wants responsibility for them
    - as others have noted, the review process is an utter joke and as much as they deny it revolves around a bell curve
    - top down, very hierarchical. Many of the benefits/networking/training's are only available to certain groups or only to upper management.
    - management in the Support Services division is extremely poor - all the way to the top and down and leaves many employees dissatisfied
    - little to no career growth outside of client-servers (very few training's offered)
    - many of the processes and technology are archaic (source: we are STILL in the process of switching from Lotus Notes to Outlook)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management training/class should be REQUIRED for all management yearly - far too many poor managers are hurting the company and increasing the already high turnover rate of employees
    - focus on all the employees - not just the high earners who make up far less of your company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good culture, need to get better advisory clients

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, reasonable hours

    Cons

    Tend to sell short-term assessment projects, not long-term design/implementation projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people but very uninteresting work!

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

    Pros

    Note: Some of these only pertain to those who enjoy accounting and want to continue in it
    -It's a very fun and outgoing culture of young people
    -There are 3 weeks of vacation with unlimited sick days
    -Access to high profile clients that will boost your resume
    -Great opportunities in corporate accounting at clients for when you're ready to leave

    Cons

    -If you have a preference for a certain industry it is very hard to switch into that industry
    -They throw you around and you do not have a say in what happens
    -Compensation is TERRIBLE for hours worked and experience gained
    -404 SOX testing is ridiculous and very boring
    -Overall very uninteresting work. You will be bored and find little job satisfaction with your everyday activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to accommodate industry preferences for those who actually have a passion for an industry instead of throwing them at clients in need. There are plenty of kids who don't care what type of client they work on. Some do care and would appreciate the opportunity to gain experience.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Burned out twice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great people
    Great challenges
    Great benefits
    Boring work

    Cons

    Don't see daylight
    Petty supervisors and management
    Too formal
    War room hell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is what it is. This business has been in existence since the late 1800s - I doubt it will change with one feedback to give better worklife/balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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