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EY Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
4,335 Reviews

3.7
4,335 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Opportunities, High Burnout, low control of experiences

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    EY is a fantastic company, great people, great culture and largely great experiences. The firm has done a great job making it seem small through counseling families. The people here genuinely care about you as a person and the firm really does invest in great "milestone" events.

    Cons

    It's hard to really control your experiences here. On the Advisory side of the house, EY is still trying to figure out what it wants to be and what it wants to message to the market. A lot of the policies and procedures are still audit focused which can be over burdensome and bureaucratic sometimes. Management Consultants will be worked pretty hard and will usually be sent where the money is. Flexibility messaging is still geared towards audit busy season as opposed to what works for other parts of the business

    Sure the firm has invested in "Experience Managers" to help with placement. I have found that these Experience Managers rarely have conversations with you about where you want to go with your career. It is a largely go it alone approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider building out your learning and develop capabilities. Sector specific and competency knowledge is sorely lacking. Consider a revamp to compensation and leveling people quickly. Think about how your communication comes across - messaging via email is still drafted as if its a formal memo, voicemails are not transcribed and are plentiful and messaging remains audit focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Changing

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

    Pros

    -Benefits (Vacation, holidays, sick time)
    -Exposure to different industries, companies, competencies

    Cons

    -Work/life balance (non-existent)
    -Unfair ratings process (non-transparent)
    -Team culture (lack of professional courtesy, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start holding executives accountable for the issues/complaints of teams/people in the company. Re-vamp the ratings process making it more transparent with clear expectations - GET RID OF THE BELL CURVE SYSTEM! You want people to stay? Reward them for their high performance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Company that cares about it's employees and a good place to gain experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Senior  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tax Senior in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The company cares about it's employees and makes sure to offer strong flexibility in hours to ensure work life balance. Company also offers opportunities to move around the company.

    Cons

    The annual ratings and performance process is not that transparent and the company structure is a bit of a maze.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company! One of the best to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in McLean, VA

    Pros

    The flexibility to work from home or a client and setting your own hours. You just have to make sure that the work gets done.

    Cons

    Not all managers are great. Some are fantastic and will teach you a lot. Others don't care and don't bother coaching you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the staff trained on how to look for business development opportunities so they can contribute more to Vision 2020.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, lots of opportunity to learn and grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Flexible, rewarding, vast variety of work

    Cons

    The organization can get very bureaucratic sometimes and things tend to move a bit slowly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Upper management is very supportive, great opportunities and good training

    Cons

    Travel can be very exhausting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is what it is----Very much like KPMG

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Salary, and some flexibility with schedule

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to advance. No straight forward answers from executive mgt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A The culture is what the culture is.

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

    Audit Staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Best Place to Start a Career in Accounting! Fantastic experience and flexible work life balance. They pay for your CPA! Many people eventually leave, but the experience you get is so valuable in the outside business world.

    Cons

    This job requires long hours. Can get burnt out easily, if don't learn how to balance work and play! You will feel underpaid based on how many hours you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Culture, Ok Pay, Ok Work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Far better culture compared to other big 4, better work-life balance compared to dtt/pwc

    Cons

    Compensation is behind dtt/pwc, especially the annual bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the momentum going, hire more smart people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Assurance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Ernst & Young is a wonderful place that treats people very well. They provide good time-off policies and potential for a lot of personal growth from a technical and project manager perspective.

    Cons

    Although there are challenging aspets of this job, it all leads to buidling character and offers various aspects of how to deal with tough situations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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