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Updated June 18, 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. "auditor"

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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
    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


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    "Manager in assurance"

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    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. "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.


  4. "Internal Employee (non-consulting)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits (401(k), health, vacation, maternity/paternity leave, employee assistance programs)
    - Commitment to training (although, I do think that because training takes place on such a large scale, it's difficult to create individualized paths or tailor courses)
    - Strong understanding of the brand and image, and commitment to maintaining that. This leads to a lot of resources both for internal and client-facing employees to pull from - templates, past work examples, etc. - never recreating the wheel
    - They understand that their rating and subsequent feedback system needs improvement, and have been working to enhance it.

    Cons

    - The firm is very bureaucratic in all decision making. Every decision goes through multiple levels of approval; this goes far in maintaining the brand of the firm (and I think is primarily a product of the size of the firm), but prevents innovation and creativity in many situations.
    - An observation: The lifestyle for consultants, particularly for auditors, leaves much to be desired. This is the case at all Big 4 (and surely many regional firms), but it's something that should be looked into by EY and its competitors. Auditors work significantly more hours than business consultants, but are not compensated as highly.
    - Work/life balance: There is a top-down sense of respect for family life, but that is not echoed by actual teams' actions. Balance seems to be more of something that is said, rather than acted on and implemented.

    Advice to Management

    On training: consider allowing employees (internal and external) to work with their counselor to devise a true training program. Rather than spending high dollar amounts for large group trainings, allow employees to evaluate what kind of training will actually best benefit them, and potentially reallocate some of those funds to more individualized plans. This could mean paying for certifications, courses, conferences, etc. outside of the firm in lieu of mandated internal courses.
    - On work life/balance: Consider being a leader in this space. The competitors in the market at EY's scale have not yet moved to better compensate employees working outrageous hours, but you can lead the charge in that direction.


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    career oportunities and professional growth

    Cons

    heavy seasons and sometimes you're engaged to meet very strong deadlines

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Manager, Advisory"

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    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


  7. "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

  8. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    great people to work for

    Cons

    large company and lots of travel


  9. "Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. The organization structure works really well (counselor system instead of direct-report) - you get a chance to work with a variety of teams on a variety of projects. Lots of opportunity for self-direction with plenty of advocacy and guidance.

    Cons

    Busy season is very draining, and sometimes deadlines dominate your life. Also, there’s a lot of red tape and standardized processes that get in the way of working efficiently, although it’s inevitable with a public accounting firm.

    Advice to Management

    To local management, try to achieve a better balance of quality and client service. Everyone seems to lean too far one way or the other.


  10. "Great Company!"

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

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Company culture, diversity, autonomy, prestige

    Cons

    Long hours in public accounting (not specific to EY), can be clique-ish


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