EY Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
4,364 Reviews

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4,364 Reviews
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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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    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.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Senior  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tax Senior in Washington, DC

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  3.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Upper management is very supportive, great opportunities and good training

    Cons

    Travel can be very exhausting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

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

    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
  6.  

    Assurance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    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
  7.  

    Senior Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Global company, well-recognized brand, good opportunities for networking

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, clunky, too focused on accounting and auditing, can be competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Highly political, demanding, poor communication

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with Bright people on interesting projects

    Cons

    Leadership is arrogant and unapproachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop covering up and dismissing the unethical behavior of consultants. It will eventually catch up with the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    You have to ask for what you want.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people in many offices, opportunities to travel both domestic and international, great work dependent upon service line and industry

    Cons

    flip flop nature of management at times, the new salary/bonus scheme. worried that the new variable pay scheme will depress base salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more upfront with people who are not going to get promoted beyond senior manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best of the Big 4

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small company feel in large organization

    Cons

    Kept hiring partners in above me so career growth to partner level was limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honesty about career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of Ernst and Young

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are good and the opportunities will lay themselves out in the long run. You have to power through busy season which sucks but beyond that its not bad.

    Cons

    Long Hours, sometimes incompetent management. You will be worked to death in busy season but beyond that not too bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread out hours better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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