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Updated August 20, 2018
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  • "Work life balance for those manage their work efficiently" (in 849 reviews)

  • "Learn a lot of things, have many opportinuties to do hands-on projects" (in 320 reviews)

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  1. "My time at EY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities
    Networking opportunities abound
    Teaming culture

    Cons

    Sometimes you just have to do whatever the company wants/needs you to do


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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. "Great place"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, benefits and has a pension plan

    Cons

    The company is very diverse but not necessarily in Tampa


  4. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and work-home balance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes communication doesn't come through.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, everyone is eager to share information

    Cons

    sometimes you can get stuck on long projects


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great in terms of flexibility

    Cons

    N work life balance when on chargeable client engagements


  7. "Great career stepping stone"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    -> Great team environment
    -> When working in a client facing role, great opportunity to learn about business structure/models, markets, industries etc.

    Cons

    -> Requires a degree of self-motivation, easy to take a back seat due to organizational structure

  8. "Good Experience, DSG"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experiences doing a variety of different projects, including compliance and provisions.

    Cons

    Normal cons associated with public accounting, including busy season hours and the attitude that client needs come before employees. Also, high performers tend to be awarded with way more work and only slightly more pay, at least in the first couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on merit, not timeline/number of years. Also, implement a way to spread work more evenly (not just load it on the high performers), such as placing a premium on the cost rate for seniors/associates who have over 100% utilization and/or a discount on the cost rate for seniors and associates with under 80% utilization. The current way of doing things leads to burnout of high performers and rewards mediocrity with more work-life balance.


  9. "Great"

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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

    Good money, great people to work with

    Cons

    Hours can be long at times

    Advice to Management

    None, just make sure people who are hired know what they're getting into


  10. "Great Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and environment to be around, perks, flexibility

    Cons

    undervalued and appreciated for hours/time compared to other times making same salary


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