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Updated November 20, 2017
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  1. "Welcome to Hell"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was nothing good about this bastion of neuroses and venality.

    Cons

    Neuroses and venality are so pervasive there that it calls into question the existence of God.

    Advice to Management

    Seek absolution


  2. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Ability to transfer within the firm.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction from leadership from a firm and sector perspective

  3. "MBA internship program"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY as an intern

    Pros

    Some great people
    Flexible work accommodations

    Cons

    Awkward management
    People out for themselves
    Poor staffing model
    Unenforced review process

    Advice to Management

    Teach managers how to be managers


  4. "Highly unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    good perks, lots of travel points

    Cons

    highly unprofessional people, zero trust, groupism

    Advice to Management

    Dont just look at one side of the coin


  5. "Looking Out for Your Best Interests"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Denver office has a pretty nice location on the 16th Street Mall downtown, but that could change with all the development downtown.

    The office support staff are helpful and kind.

    As I imagine at the other Big 4 firms, there are a lot of younger people to connect with, and a sea of resources to advance yourself technically if/when you have the time apart from your regular duties.

    Cons

    THE PEOPLE - There is a brick wall of senior managers who can not make partner. This is due to the inability of the senior manager rank and above to sell and promote value-added tax services to new or existing clients. Most of the senior management does not possess the skills or competence to work outside of the Big 4.

    Do not be fooled by the Big 4 stigma; most of the work at the staff and senior levels are for small projects with limited learning opportunities. Couple that with the rampant nepotism (favoritism) and egotism of the senior managers and partners and it will not be long before you are boxed in. There will be no motivation from your direct bosses.

    There were very few people who exercised good interpersonal skills - surprising in any case that these are the same people the firm relies on to sell its services. More over, the coaching and development from upper management is not transparent and is often two-faced and non-interactive. Honest communication is sacrificed for the comfort of avoiding true team-building. Partner communication is almost non-existent on most projects (of course, this depends on the partner).

    The firm does not promote on merit. It's much like being in college where you get a promotion for just sticking it out and doing what your told. Even the partners cannot tell you how or why your being promoted, moved to another team, etc. Oh, and you may also get forgotten and not promoted. It's seemingly arbitrary and does not inspire confidence for defining a career path.

    The firm spends a lot of resources each year convincing new staff that they can have an impact in the business. On the whole, this is widely untrue, at least in the Denver office. Most ideas or effort initiated by anyone who is not a partner or director are shot down, overlooked, or under appreciated. The firm is too large to change, and certainly too large for one person to have an impact. They will do anything to make you feel like if you just stayed a little longer.... worked a little more... etc. All this is a laugh, considering that they are wasting money doing so, yet all the firm cares about is it's bottom line.

    Lastly, while the firms motto is "Quality in Everything We Do", this too is largely a facade with no backing. The teams I worked with did nothing to advance the quality of work product, which is why it was such a large ongoing discussion within the tax practice. On several occasions, I was told to just "make it up". If something is incorrect and not properly by your boss, the blame will fall on your shoulders. This perpetuates the unaccountability of upper management. Even the audit and advisory staff share stories where they were made to work long hours, later to be forced by the partner to only bill a certain amount of time. Once again, the culture is too focused on the wrong things.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with the individuals on your teams! This should not fall to the waist side just because you're upper management
    Actually and sincerely try to make a better working world - not just a bigger pocketbook for yourselves
    Understand that your generation - Gen Y, the "just get it done" generation - is on it's way out, and mentor accordingly.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review of EY in Alpharetta, GA"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having this name on your resume will open the door for future opportunities.

    Cons

    There are several cons to working at this EY location. My biggest issue with this place is that the managers do not value your time. You can expect to work 60-70 hours a week, but you will be told that you cannot charge overtime. In addition to the long hours with zero overtime, your starting salary is far less than what the market pays for the same job. If you do get a raise at the end of the year, it will be so small, that it would take 4 years of that raise just to reach a salary of what you should have started with. The harder you work, the more pressure will be applied to you because management will tell you they "see something in you." Of course, this immense amount of extra work comes with zero benefits to you. Lastly, management sets goals that are unrealistic. They will tell you that project work is of the utmost importance, but will penalize you if you do not do enough activities outside of project work. Management will say they value the employees in meetings, but their actions always prove otherwise. Had I known this information, I would have never accepted a job here.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not listen to sound advice, so what advice could be given that they would value? The best possible thing this location could do to make employees feel valued is to replace the current management with new management.


  7. "Not as advertised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good brand recognition
    Good office location
    Good internal resources

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Diversity and inclusiveness provide a good marketing platform, but reality is not as promised, which is evidenced by the ratio of minority employees relative to minority employees that receive promotions and the coveted title of partner
    At times, leadership is not aligned with promised company values
    Harassment (bordering on abuse), offensive language (at an egregious level), offensive behavior (beyond unprofessional), are tolerated depending on the status of the offender and political capital
    Logically based on the previous statement, favoritism is rampant and highly visible
    Unlimited sick days only means you get to work from home

    Advice to Management

    If you want to know the real story, don't ask your direct reports as to how things are going - ask two, three or maybe even four people under your direct report
    Offer a cone of silence
    Stop promoting abusive people
    Really listen and observe the room that you are in - some times people are actually really demoralized, but feel that they need to force a smile

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    "Assurance Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are nice. Big name on a resume.

    Cons

    Everything else. There is no culture, the "people" everyone speaks of are few and far between, the hours are insane, the pay is low for the amount of work you're required to do (no bonuses like the other Big 4), incredibly inefficient obsessing over teams budgets but then being forced to work longer hours. The list goes on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop pretending to be confused as to why your people are fleeing in floods. You know why we leave. Hire the right amount of people so teams aren't understaffed and pay us more. Throw in the towel on Vision 2020, it's hurting your people for a silly and nonsensical goal.


  9. "Sr. Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    you get to keep the points from your business credit card

    Cons

    Advisorypartners who have never acutally worked within industry they "consult" for or have very little experience in the way of practical experience. Most of the people who do the work are Managers and below and the work is very boring and tactical. They will tell you it is cutting edge "strategic" work but it is very mechanical.
    Always seem to hire people from the outside and downgrade them into lower positions.


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    "BEWARE- Applies to SDC in Alpharetta"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None- unless you like to do nothing 80% of the time and get underpaid

    Cons

    Pretty much everything is a con about being sold the EY dream and being stuffed in a "sweat shop" referred to as the Solution Delivery Center. The first indication that you are being PLAYED is a salary around 40K in the Alpharetta area and 39K in JAX Florida. You will be sold on a role that fits your idea of a consultant- NOT TRUE. You will come to the office see some nice people and if you decide to come you will be disappointed. There is one major project in the center that dominates the firm- if you are not on this project you are SCREWED and if you are- you are SCREWED. So either you work long hours for little pay - 40k remember that. Or you are benched for 8 months out of the year- real EY people will say that is because they are trying to push you out. NOT- actually i received a very good review and a 4k raise and 2k bonus- WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR ME- NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. What they are doing at this center should be a crime. To lure in well performing students under the name EY when really this is just a crappy start up that will use you and teach you absolutely NOTHING! In my two years here I can tell you how to copy and paste. So if you read all the way down here - here is my advice DONT DO IT!
    Not many projects
    False expectations
    Very low salary
    Leadership does not care

    Advice to Management

    Tell people what they are really getting in to and stop making excuses for why you start people so low. I was promised that once I put in the work I would "catch up" and here i am two years later STILL making less than 50K- I could have been a teacher with the summers off for what they are paying me. Its just sad. John Mcevoy you should be ashamed of yourself living big in your fancy home in FL and paying people barely enough to drive to and from work everyday SMDH.


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