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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior in Chicago, IL

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

Pros

good business growth prospect
strong culture of inclusion
competitive starting salaries and benefits
mostly helpful colleagues
great opportunities at client engagements
your manager may give you a lot of responsibility and freedom to be creative in how you deliver work products

Cons

terrible IT and tech system infrastructure, but it is slowly being upgraded
under-reporting hours is unofficially expected
stated cultural values are not always evident in practice
poor work-life balance
utilization achievement is out of the control of managers and below in rank but people are measured by this in performance reviews
complex and onerous expense reimbursement policies

Advice to ManagementAdvice

provide consultants an environment where they can come to management to ask difficult questions and not fear retaliation in performance reviews
make sure that things stated in orientation will ring true to people once they are hired
be more realistic in terms of how much extra work (off hours and weekends) you expect out of your people in addition to doing project work

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    Outsourced to the bone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Better than average pay. Company tries to be people oriented

    Cons

    Although the core values of the company are excellent and very employee oriented, those values don't trickle down to Middle managers. Of course there are 175k+ employees and one can't reasonably expect that the values will be adhered by everyone. In IT, everything is outsourced and the vendor runs the show. The offshore contractors behave as if they are the client and withhold a lot of info from FTEs. The Managers expect FTEs to handle the vendor but they don't back them up when needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on outsourcing and try to hire some good local talent. Firmly stand behind your employees when issues arise with vendors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great way to start out your career, not somewhere to stay for very long

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    Former Employee - Assurance Senior  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Assurance Senior in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Obtaining a CPA license is a lot like an apprenticeship model, so being an "apprentice" at a Big-4 firm like EY is a great thing to have on your resume and good exposure for the early stages of your career.

    Cons

    The firm bills clients based on hours worked by it's employees, so it wants to show that a lot of work has been accomplished in a day. Often, the expectations of how much work should be completed in a 10 hour day can be unreasonable, leading to unnecessary stress and a lower quality product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In many cases, management needs to be more realistic about the amount of time needed to complete projects, and plan accordingly for those realistic expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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