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Updated February 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and great culture (in 578 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career (in 237 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours typical of Big 4 (in 1766 reviews)

  • The only i found is lack of work life balance (in 1690 reviews)

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  1. "HR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro of joining a specialty group is that, as you gain more information in that specific area, you tend to be much more valuable in the market. Since I'm a tax guy, I'll take this from the tax side. Almost everyone has general federal tax expertise, but if you decide to take invest in a specialized area of tax, such as Research and Development, and really run with it, that specialized knowledge can make you very valuable and always have a job within the public accounting world.

    Cons

    The biggest con to those specialized practices is often it will make you unemployable, or less employable, outside of public accounting. Again, with tax, many big companies need people who have that general fed taxation knowledge, but very, very few need an employee dedicated to Research and Development.

    Advice to Management

    Starting in one of these specific practices right out of college can really give you an advantage if that's the field you want to stay in (whether travel is a pro or a con is up to you).


  2. "Shared Parental Leave for men is great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Shared Parental leave is very favourable

    Cons

    Growing pains mean some management are left powerless to make changes and retain staff. Leads to poor team spirit.
    Bonus is terrible. 7 years of lies from UKI Advisory leadership about paying good bonus. Bust your rear end for less than 2% bonus. Not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Break the Advisory hard-line grades and compensation hurdles.


  3. "Love it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Flexible, Great Company Culture, Lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Busy season requires longer work hours


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  5. "very good career path"

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

    I worked at EY part-time

    Pros

    variety and smart people to learn from

    Cons

    travel, bureaucracy, and long hours


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Producer/Editor; Audio Specialist, Webcast Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Video Producer/Editor; Audio Specialist, Webcast Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, hassle-free, lots of freedom to create and grow.

    Cons

    Treatment is biased toward client-serving personnel.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN! Solicit more input from people, and don't obsess so much over performance ratings. Go by day-to-day performance.


  7. "Senior Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    People, talent, opportunity and growth

    Cons

    With any of the big 4 audit firms, lots of admin processes


  8. "EY from the point of view of an FSO Advisory Senior"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Great exposure to key client stakeholders, and great depth of project work.

    Cons

    Behind technologically. Red tape over getting some things done that is not always clearly defined.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach (Once held a session on why to stay with EY, when all of senior management were experienced hires)


  9. "Great Consulting Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    flexibility; innovative culture; supportive management; support for learning; good salary

    Cons

    flex time dependent on project teams;


  10. "EY Tax Staff"

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    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, culture, advancement, learning, teaming

    Cons

    hours, medium pay, overwhelming, culture


  11. "Senior Consultant (TAS)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent social package, some flexibility (opportunity to work remotely on Fridays, not strict dress code). The environment strongly depends on the team and location, as well as the growth and interest of engagements. Try to speak to as many people from your team as possible. It really matters, who exactly you will work with.

    Cons

    Busy season (1/4 of the year) - be ready to work 55+ hours per week officially. You always feel that you are a part of a big audit company and that you are the "resource" to be "utilized". That's why utilization matters the most. Bright slogans about people development are only slogans. Technical skills of many employees are low, and, what's worse, people are not encouraged to develop them.

    Advice to Management

    Be more strategic and technological not only in strategic documents, but in everyday operations. 50% of work that people do here should and will be soon replaced by robots and algorithms. So it would be smarter to hire and to develop those within the company, who are ready to drive technologies, but not those who have industry knowledge and is developing in hundreds of internal paperwork and procedures.



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