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EY Melbourne Reviews

Updated January 20, 2017
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  1. "Overall Very Good... but they get their pound of flesh"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong brand name, diverse learning environment, and great team culture.

    Cons

    The amount of admin is a joke!

    Long hours for low compensation relative to industry.. that being said the experience is invaluable therefore pay will come in time.

    Advice to Management

    Overall a great place to work! if they paid a bit better and cleaned up some of the BS administration processes I would never leave.


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    "To the bone"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are amazing. Forces you to learn to sink or swim. Learning the skill to juggle workload.

    Cons

    Culture needs work. They need to invest in people better and retain better. Low recognition of workload and appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people. Invest in them. Show them that they matter. Train them up better.


  3. "Great perks and working environment but boring work and old-school hierarchy"

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    Current Employee - Tax Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Tax Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning and development opportunities. Managers are generally quite supportive of junior staff. Office is nice and very social, great way to do a lot of networking

    Cons

    Often stuck doing mundane tasks and time sheeting system often means that junior staff have KPIs that conflict with those of the managers/ directors.


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  5. "Solid employer, not made for sustainability"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant II in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant II in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    > Great training and rewards and recognition systems
    > Good facilities
    > Reasonably transparent system of progression

    Cons

    > Very system and process heavy - poor for innovation and heavily inhibit productivity. A lot of people leave because of this - it creates pressure and stress in a fast paced and dynamic working environment.
    > Poor sense of 'team', working groups are somewhat silo'd

    Advice to Management

    > Work on creating a better team culture
    > Work on reducing systems that inhibit innovation


  6. "Great opportunities, poor culture"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for rapid career progression, and exposure to different industries. There are interesting engagements, and you can work with smart colleagues. Remuneration is competitive past the junior levels.

    Cons

    Culture is poor - but those are the same challenges as the rest of the Big 4. Focus on utilisation, sales, potentially long hours depending on the engagement.


  7. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Career progression and future opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance and home life


  8. "Amazing Start Point"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great start-point
    - Friendly culture among grads
    - Good work life balance
    - Strong values
    - Very competitive offering vs PwC and Deloitte Consulting

    Cons

    - Pale in comparison to the like of BCG, Bain etc
    - Progression often based on popularity and quantity of work, rather than quality and smarts


  9. "Great Spring-Board"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance
    - Nice colleagues, generally smart
    - Very competitive offering against PwC and Deloitte Consulting
    - Varied exposure
    - Big teams with the opportunity to meet many new people
    - Great starting place for any career

    Cons

    - Easy to get pigeonholed
    - Pale in comparison to the likes of BCG, Bain etc
    - Promoted for popularity and quantity of work, rather than quality and smarts


  10. "Great team, need to invest more in their people"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, interesting jobs and clients, smart people, great work life balance

    Cons

    Need to invest more in training people in externally recognised certifications, no "real" benefits in the form of rewards /recognition for anyone under director (eg other places have employee rewards portal, bonuses etc)

    Advice to Management

    Roll out certification plans to train your staff - it helps you and makes them feel valued (externally recognised certifications - Six Sigma for Supply Chain, SCRUM / PMBOK for PPM /ITA etc)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Modern day slavery"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -learn a lot in a really short time
    -big four in your resume

    Cons

    -long long hours to the point that your life becomes miserable
    -zero work life balance
    -are expected to do everything(training & work) but no extra time is given which results in one having to work weekends and most nights. Seems like they own you and want you to work round the clock.
    -training is not at all good,you do these online training and an instructor blabbering on some stuff and that's about it.
    -Toil is there but it reduces if you take any leave making it really hard to get the Toil one is entitled to. This is very wrong as one has worked extra hours and Toil should not be reduced due to AL or sick leave taken.
    -Resourcing team who allocate you to jobs are hopeless. They do not take into account your circumstances and allocate you to clients who are hell like far.
    -some people are arrogant and so full of themselves.
    -pay peanuts

    Advice to Management

    -we are in 21st century, stop this modern day slavery. No wonder the turn around of employees is so high and people leave being completely burnt out.you know very well those thank you emails that ex-employees send before leaving do not say how hard it has been to work for you this long.
    Stop sending flex working hours email to tell employees to leave at 5 one day. We deserve to leave at 5 everyday and what's the point of leaving at 5 when one needs to work from home anyways.
    I think we are mostly to blame that we choose to go in this type of work environment and accept this working hours as it is part of our job. That's the audit life-well by accepting this culture we just made this the norm.



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