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Updated June 24, 2018
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  • "Work life balance when not on a long term engagement" (in 831 reviews)

  • "Learn a lot of things, have many opportinuties to do hands-on projects" (in 312 reviews)

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  1. "Structure Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    1. Relatively Competitive Salary & Benefit
    2. Gain lots of knowledge about the industry
    3. No travel required (can be a cons)

    Cons

    1. Occasional late night + weekend work
    2. High learning curve


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    "Manager in assurance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assurance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. You will have a very hard time not falling in love with every single person you meet there.
    2. Seriously, you will meet your soul mate(s) there.
    3. Prestigious and looks great on the resume.
    4. Your brain will grow a thousand times more powerful.
    5. Forces you to conquer your fear of public speaking.
    6. Fun team bonding and lifelong friends.
    7. Stepping stone to high paying jobs.
    8. Helps you work on perfecting your charm. You will learn from the most charming people how to really get people to like you.
    9. HR really cares.
    10. Big support network (IT, creative services, etc.).
    11. Teaches you to be calm and in control.

    Cons

    OK, I'm going to be discussing all the taboo things, and there are a lot of them. In spite of these cons, I still admit it's worth a five star rating.
    1. High performers are "designated" (you have very little control over your rating) by the partner group (can be a pro if you get selected. Seriously, I have worked with some of the supposed "fives" and they are not any different than my threes and fours.
    2. Quality is extremely low. Sometimes I felt like I was working at McDonalds and not a professional services firm. The emphasis is on getting through work as fast as possible and expectations for quality are not realistic.
    3. EY has a very hard time firing bad employees. If you get stuck with one it can be a nightmare.
    4. EY has a heavy emphasis on wasting time. For example, there are lots and lots of checklists which have no value that you have to fill out. Also, they wasted money and time on creating "Canvas" which is literally slower and more awkward than the previous workspace tool, GAMX. There is a heavy emphasis on "reinventing the wheel" and fixing problems that aren't broken with even worse solutions. Instead of wasting money on useless tools, that money could have been spent on your employees in the form of compensation. Like I said, EY is really focused on attempting to look as though value is being created when in fact it is not.
    5. Lots of meetings. Appearances are very important.
    6. Employees on global 360 accounts get better treatment.
    7. Some employees (executives mostly) tend to overemphasize how important this work is. Let's face it, if it was really glorious work then we would have action figures.
    8. Looks are very important. Seriously, if you are a girl, you will get promoted based on how hot you are (the quality of your work is largely unimportant). If you are a guy, you are treated a little better but there is still a sexist undercurrent in the environment. This is advice you won't get from HR obviously, but that doesn't mean it isn't true.
    8. You will be forced to eat hours.
    9. Your ethical compass will start to get weaker.
    10. You will get a little cynical.
    11. Lots of driving and travel.
    12. "Family men" and married couples with children are more likely to be promoted. If you want to be a partner, you have to be married (few exceptions).
    13. You will work on vacations.
    14. Loss of relationships with family and friends.
    15. Some backstabbing and credit-stealing (but not very common).
    16. Comp is below market but that's to be expected.
    17. Employee retention is not something management is interested in. This makes you replaceable and expendable (yes even as a manager, unless you have been "designated" as a high performer by the partner group).

    Advice to Management

    Management won't listen to me so there's not really a point in giving them advice.

  3. "Corporate Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance
    Current Employee - Assurance
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Great entry level job with heavy name recognition backing of Company
    - Gain a lot of on the job training that is very different from anything in college
    - Mentor program is good if you have the right superior
    - Good vacation and benefits packages

    Cons

    - Busy season is long hours with no real recognition for work performed
    - Executives tend to forget about the lower staff and might not even know their names

    Advice to Management

    - Work on getting to know the lower employees to make them feel welcome and not just used to churn out money for the firm


  4. "Senior Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, great leadership and benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in your current role.


  5. "EY is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Secaucus, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is very flexible with work schedules to help employees have a work / life balance. Benefits are great, good salary. Can't say enough good things about the firm. I loved working there.

    Cons

    My work for my PPEDD's was sent to "NEAT" in Kentucky.

    Advice to Management

    I think that Executive Directors /Partners should have an EA that does not support more than 4 people. The workloads are heavy for EA's especially when you have multiple high maintenance executives. EY is the best place to work and the best place I have ever worked, not sure I agree on the "NEAT" taking over the EA jobs. Especially when they are out of state. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that the executives in NY / NJ should all have EA's in NY and NJ. It helps when there are live meetings to attend and/or facilitate when you are in the same state as your Executive. When there is a large meeting in NY office it is helpful to have your EA in driving distance. This is my personal opinion. I would have taken a lesser salary to stay within the firm. Love the place.


  6. "EY Audit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Great exposure to a variety of industries and people in all walks of business. Good environment for professional and leadership development.

    Cons

    Hours are rough and there is a lot of turnover.


  7. "auditor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Fortune 500 companies as the client and good working atmosphere with colleagues.

    Cons

    During peak season, the overtime work is a little bit stressful.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on work/life balance

  8. "Manager, Advisory"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is truly what they say it is. Lots of opportunity to learn as they are strong promoters of personal and professional growth

    Cons

    At this time I have no negatives


  9. "Audit Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, get to work with people your age

    Cons

    Work life balance is non existent

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Best place to work!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Literally the best place to work!! My leadership rocks, my teammates are awesome, and I love what I do!

    Cons

    Networking topics tend to get a little nerdy, but that could be a good thing...depending on how you look at it. :-)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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