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Updated April 23, 2018
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  • Work life balance when not on a long term engagement (in 801 reviews)

  • EY is also a good place to start your career (in 299 reviews)

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  1. "Nashville"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Nashville office has a great communinty feel

    Cons

    Overall high "quality" standards can lead to overworked employees


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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. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Work is dynamic , they give you bonuses based on your productivity and they give you a bonus for knowing english (Mexico)

    Cons

    There could be times when there is so much work to do and your social life could be affected


  4. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Excellent corporate culture and diversity

    Cons

    Location in Times Square -- very busy with tourists


  5. "Senior Consultant"

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    • 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

    Great people that take a vested interest in your career. Do strong work and opportunities will be limitless.

    Cons

    Early in your career it's easy to get staffed on the first available project, even if it does not align with your personal interests. If you develop a reputation as being strong in that area you may never get the chance to explore other interests and develop a broad set of capabilities. Firm will continue to lose top talent until this changes.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the opportunity for employees to be well-rounded instead of being siloed into one specific area early in their career.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Traveling is fun. Good pay out of college. Learning a lot and have taken up a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Long hours takes a toll over time. At my age, I think it is worth putting in my time right now for a brighter future

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to allow feedback cycles that go up rather than feedback that simply goes down the hierarchy.


  7. "Jump off Point"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Senior in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assurance Senior in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and start your career.

    Cons

    Pretty uninspiring work in the grand scheme of things.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more eyes on the Manager / Sr. Manager level to weed out the managers that contribute to the heavy turnover.

  8. "Sjrjrk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    friendly, motivating, small, and has longevity

    Cons

    there are no cons


  9. "Good environment and people to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    People , work life balance - based on good projects as well

    Cons

    Diversity of projects, need to know people to expand to other projects


  10. "Assurance Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Good variety of opportunities

    Cons

    Some teams can treat you very poorly

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


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