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EY Atlanta Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are open to new ideas and the teaming is great at EY. Now you can wear jeans to work everyday.

    Cons

    They say you can work remotely but you can't. It has to come from your direct leadership, in order for you to be able to work from home frequently.


  2. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse experience, good starting point for a career, lots of exit opportunities

    Cons

    Can be redundant work, increasing SOX regulations to comply with

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Review of EY in Alpharetta, GA"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having this name on your resume will open the door for future opportunities.

    Cons

    There are several cons to working at this EY location. My biggest issue with this place is that the managers do not value your time. You can expect to work 60-70 hours a week, but you will be told that you cannot charge overtime. In addition to the long hours with zero overtime, your starting salary is far less than what the market pays for the same job. If you do get a raise at the end of the year, it will be so small, that it would take 4 years of that raise just to reach a salary of what you should have started with. The harder you work, the more pressure will be applied to you because management will tell you they "see something in you." Of course, this immense amount of extra work comes with zero benefits to you. Lastly, management sets goals that are unrealistic. They will tell you that project work is of the utmost importance, but will penalize you if you do not do enough activities outside of project work. Management will say they value the employees in meetings, but their actions always prove otherwise. Had I known this information, I would have never accepted a job here.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not listen to sound advice, so what advice could be given that they would value? The best possible thing this location could do to make employees feel valued is to replace the current management with new management.


  4. "Good company if you went to the right school"

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    Former Employee - Audit in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Audit in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits: such as parties and tickets to games

    Cons

    Very long hours, upward mobility depends on who you know

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people because they are your biggest asset.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "BEWARE- Applies to SDC in Alpharetta"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None- unless you like to do nothing 80% of the time and get underpaid

    Cons

    Pretty much everything is a con about being sold the EY dream and being stuffed in a "sweat shop" referred to as the Solution Delivery Center. The first indication that you are being PLAYED is a salary around 40K in the Alpharetta area and 39K in JAX Florida. You will be sold on a role that fits your idea of a consultant- NOT TRUE. You will come to the office see some nice people and if you decide to come you will be disappointed. There is one major project in the center that dominates the firm- if you are not on this project you are SCREWED and if you are- you are SCREWED. So either you work long hours for little pay - 40k remember that. Or you are benched for 8 months out of the year- real EY people will say that is because they are trying to push you out. NOT- actually i received a very good review and a 4k raise and 2k bonus- WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR ME- NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. What they are doing at this center should be a crime. To lure in well performing students under the name EY when really this is just a crappy start up that will use you and teach you absolutely NOTHING! In my two years here I can tell you how to copy and paste. So if you read all the way down here - here is my advice DONT DO IT!
    Not many projects
    False expectations
    Very low salary
    Leadership does not care

    Advice to Management

    Tell people what they are really getting in to and stop making excuses for why you start people so low. I was promised that once I put in the work I would "catch up" and here i am two years later STILL making less than 50K- I could have been a teacher with the summers off for what they are paying me. Its just sad. John Mcevoy you should be ashamed of yourself living big in your fancy home in FL and paying people barely enough to drive to and from work everyday SMDH.


  6. "Complex Securities group. Really bad poltics, management should improve the culture. Also the training should b frequent"

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    Former Employee - Experienced Hire in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Experienced Hire in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good start for your career, thats all. Could improve if management improves the culture.

    Cons

    Bad politics within complex securities team. the culture is really bad.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the culture


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn, the firm has a lot of resources, there are a variety of projects and clients, many good people, brand name on your resume. Many good a smart resources.

    Cons

    - EY is essentially a compilation of small individual teams who only care and fight for themselves. Despite a big talk of 'teaming in the market' across competencies, it's not happening and if anything is getting worse with teams undermining each other to get the sales credit. Probably because performance is still measure based on individual sales, competency performance is measured on competency specific sales and revenue. This is really killing the firm's opportunities in the market since teams have no incentive to work together to provide a good comprehensive solution to the client. But i guess as long as there is revenue no-one cares
    - Crazy hierarchical. Probably since developed from accounting firm. Each rank his expectations and god forbid you cross the line of that. Senior managers have most freedom to do things, but then again, hard to get much done without partner support
    - Big boy's club. If you are a female, you will have a very hard time advancing and building your network as it is heavy male who prefer to deal with males. Again, probably depends on a team but totally the case in my practice
    - Pay is low comparing to what you can get elsewhere. EY is not a big believer in paying well, however a big believer in you driving a million things forward for 'thank you' (if that) and a shot at partner. Maybe.
    - Partner promotions are only partially merit based. To a large degree will be determined by which partners will support you. Tougher for those who did not grow up in the firm
    - Overwhelmingly large firm but again, each team has a life of it's own. Transfers at higher ranks are tough
    - Leadership talent is very weak as people are promoted based on sales, not leadership skills. As a result there is a lot of bad management

    Advice to Management

    - Change performance incentives to encourage team work
    - Don't promote to partner based on sales, focus on leadership talent as well, people who can inspire, develop and lead the team, have a strategic vision, and challenge status quo

  8. "Ernst & Young Senior"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to build a career. If your team is all working hard and has a decent brain, the job can actually be pretty enjoyable.

    Cons

    Too much work for a senior to do for not enough pay or benefits. Staff, Managers, and Senior Managers seem to take advantage or just don't care and anyone who does care ends up working too much, so you learn to not care in order to have a life.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better, more motivated and intelligent people to help us out. Seems like anyone can get an offer. Of course, there has to be an incentive for people to take this job as well.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Biggest firm in auditing to work with
    - employee friendly culture
    - salary is competitive

    Cons

    - work life balance needs to be improved


  10. "Staff Auditor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Company. Great apprenticeship style learning/teaching

    Cons

    Work life balance is impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility. Not make it a company norm to stay every night until 7:00pm when its not even busy season.


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