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Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Audit Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  2. Limited leadership and people development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. First impression is important

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Leaves a lot to be desired

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    - 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good culture, need to get better advisory clients

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, reasonable hours

    Cons

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


  7. Solid place to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Great people but very uninteresting work!

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Burned out twice

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

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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


  10. Great experience but expect to work A LOT!

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    steep learning curve, opportunities to learn and grow are in arms reach. You get to work with smart people.

    Cons

    Work load. It never ends. You have to plan your vacation a year ahead, before your schedule is booked, otherwise it's a hassle.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about work-life balance, like it exists.


  11. work experience

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    steady promotion and salary raise

    Cons

    long hours during busy season



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