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Updated January 16, 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    "Overall, very happy"

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

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

    Pros

    A company that really cares about their people. Allows for flexible work environments as long as you communicate and complete your work in a timely manner. Many benefits including reimbursement for certain health and fitness expenses, long summer holiday weekends, and referral bonuses. Most of the people I work with are caring, dynamic, professional, and entertaining individuals.

    Cons

    Outside of busy season, it isn't uncommon to have certain periods of heavier work flows, i.e. 50ish hour work weeks. Utilization (% of work charged to billable hours), can be a bit high, though the % varies depending on your work level.
    More work seems to be delegated to India or handled by BOTs which may be good for the company overall, but maybe not the best for those wanted to gather further experience in the US.


  2. "Staff"

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

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

    Pros

    pay, prestige, possibility to move between offices worldwide, diversity, smart and interesting people working with you, get to know a lot of people because of the project nature of work

    Cons

    have to travel to some boring places sometimes and spend months there

  3. Helpful (151)

    "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.


  4. "Great company with many opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities
    Flexible Working environment
    Smart people

    Cons

    Many internal processes that are outdated
    Road mapping/vision challenged


  5. "Traditional Big 4 Accounting Experience"

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    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career development; career experiences; career growth; great people; fun happy hours

    Cons

    Long hours; tight deadlines; difficult clients


  6. "Great place to launch a career"

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    Former Employee - ITRA Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - ITRA Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, very friendly environment. Lots of learning opportunities and formal trainings. Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    People are mediocre compared to MBB and IB people. Not exciting for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective in the hiring process.


  7. "Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid PTO and other family related benefits

    Cons

    At times, hours can be challenging and unpredictable

  8. "Tax Manager"

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

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture and that what makes EY great company to work for.

    Cons

    significant shortage in resources at all levels


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Care about their employees
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Not as much room for growth as initially told, lack of opportunities for advancement as an executive assistant


  10. "Best place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunities to work on various projects and various clients let's you get a good feel for what you like. Great high level exposure early on in your career.

    Cons

    Long hours, but it's worth it in the end.