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Long hours but good benefits and people

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Former Employee - Senior  in  Richmond, VA
Former Employee - Senior in Richmond, VA

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

Pros

work at accounting firms is basically the same. the difference is the people. Most in the smaller offices are nice and easy to get along with. Lots of group events paid for by the firm, free food when working late, random free lunches.

Cons

Hours. Busy season is usually over 60 hours per week. Can be hard to work in training if your clients don't follow a traditional busy season schedule

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Positive Outlook
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    Great people to learn from

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    Current Employee - Advisory Staff
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Quality of the people
    Variety of projects
    Good place to start a career

    Cons

    Hours
    Difficult to get on best projects as a Staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Not worth it.

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    Former Employee - IT Advisory Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Advisory Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good/decent growth since they place a lot of responsibility on you
    Some of the people are great to work with, very focused and professional

    Cons

    Compensation - All of the big 4 underpay with 'future' promises of a windfall if/when you make partner. At the end of the day, after late nights and weekends, you'll feel extremely short-changed. Those who are motivated (and smart) are better served leaving as Managers.
    Culture - Even though it definitely is not as aggressive as the other big 4, it leaves a lot to be desired. Extremely conservative and risk averse, there is a huge disconnect between the staff/senior and upper management. A spine is something they need, since they often fail to take a stance in front of clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth, you charge the client a ridiculous hourly rate yet only the partners really see the lions share of that money, especially those who are retired (in this age, a fat pension is dragging you back). Do what it takes to raise the standards of your consultants (incentives, layoffs) and them compensate them appropriately. A top heavy structure is crushing the staff, those who are smart and motivated will do what it takes to make it to the top, incentivize them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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