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Updated February 22, 2018
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  1. "Advisory Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Environment and finance group

    Cons

    Living expense are bit expensive


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    "Manager in assurance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Working at EY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Good teaming

    Cons

    Long hours in winter/spring months


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good work place to start your career

    Cons

    erratic work hours for employees

    Advice to Management

    better working hours for employees


  5. "Senior Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Brand Name. Reasonable Perks with Travel. Lot of opportunity to grow in terms of Professional Maturity.

    Cons

    No training towards hard skills.

    Advice to Management

    Each partner operates differently. SO no single advice.


  6. "Manager audit"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, young and dynamic work environment, great learning experience every day

    Cons

    Busy season hours can be challenging


  7. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with is awesome at all levels
    Management is committed in developing their people

    Cons

    Long hours but you will get the learning out of each one of them

  8. "Great Place to Work, but Stressful"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with highly intelligent, motivated people, good benefits, flexibility, opportunities to travel the world for work.

    Cons

    Up or out mentality, very stressful


  9. "EY Staff to Senior"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Guaranteed progression and advancement if able to perform work year of year. Excellent stepping stone to another career and even better outlook if able/willing to stay for the long haul.

    Cons

    Significant time commitment in and out of busy season if a strong performer. Not conducive to begin career with a family. Difficult to be compensated/rewarded as a high performer.

    Advice to Management

    Give partners and direct supervisors a better ability to compensate and reward their high performers to maintain stronger performers in the high turnover atmosphere and properly reward them for their efforts.


  10. "EY senior advisory salary"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EY has a whole has great benefits and upward mobility. The company loves its culture and it comes through in a lot of things we do

    Cons

    Team dynamics can sometimes be difficult and there’s not a lot of room to speak up and change them. Also a lot of times it feels like people are doing HR assignments instead of their client work

    Advice to Management

    Touch base with junior team members to make sure they’re getting the right experiences


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