EY Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
4,650 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 232 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 104 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 671 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 704 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make it what you want

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

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

    Pros

    The ability to make of it what you want, if you're a high performer and aggressively seek out opportunities.

    The pay raises for high-performers.

    Cons

    Can easily feel lost in such a large organization.

    Your experience is directly correlated to your team, so even if you join a awesome division of the company, you can have a horrible experience because of your team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have one, unified voice - a cohesive message that you send out to the workforce. Many times, management and leadership seemed like they were embattled in a war with each other.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at EY as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great teams, people, and environment.

    Cons

    You work the ocassional long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, EY is a very good company to work for where you will grow and meet awesome people

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most senior professionals (managers and above) are friendly, down to earth and wiling to mentor you and give good recommendations; Company is highly organized and benefit is good; Lots of travel and training opportunities if you love to travel and get exposure nation wide; Good work-life balance and rarely OT (Overtime)

    Cons

    Long bench/beach time in between projects; annual salary increase percentage is relatively low; cocky/jocky people in certain service line with arrogance and limited experience (Advisory FSO)

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for as a junior consultant by cultivating valuable knowledge assets

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Open-minded and intellect team members, great company image and reputation, well-structured training programmes from bottom to top ranks.

    Cons

    There are extensive travelling for work, however there are good policy for benefits, such as maternity leaves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people to work with

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    EY hires great people. They are focused on bringing in talent, promote a "teaming" culture, and encourage stretch goals and professional development. The people I've worked with have all been very smart, hard working and fun! The projects offer you a variety of opportunities. You'll never be bored!

    Cons

    Merit Increases and Performance Based Bonuses are disappointing. You can work your butt off, but if your utilization (aka billable hours) is too low, even if this is out of your control, your compensation won't be appropriately adjusted. Being on the road 100% of the time is tough. Having to travel long hours on top of working long hours takes a significant toll on work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the performance management process. Don't focus as much on hours. Focus more on quality work. Encourage more of a work-life balance and create a culture where people don't have to be on call 24/7 and rarely get to take time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    • 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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, learning, growth, leadership, opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, work-life balance, office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work for San Francisco ESS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESS in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ESS in San Francisco, CA

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

    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
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    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
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    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

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