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Updated June 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "How to fool the world."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No good reasons to work at Ernst & Young Global.

    Cons

    Everything. Policies are just rhetoric. It is a sweat shop and with all things being equal one of the worst among the big 4 accounting firms. Pay and compensation are not comparable to other big 4. Career experiences are not valued by the firm. Loyalty is not considered to be important. Morale is only considered for those included in the 'clique' EY is very immature and high schoolish in terms of promotion. Work/Life Balance is just rhetoric.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the impact of the messages provided to the employees. Provide more transparency into the management's thought process.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Consider another employer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent name and future employers will respect the work ethic that you must have to stay beyond a few years. Very fair starting pay. Very good experience in a variety of industries. Very smart and capable peers offer alot of good

    Cons

    To much overtime and not enough salary and recognition difference between star performers and slackers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring HB1 visa so that you can treat them as slaves. It's wrong. They know that HB1 hires have a hard time leaving the company and therefore overweight them to keep overtime extremely high. In my department of 17 there are only three employees that are not HB1.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Say good-bye to your life!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance, when you're sick you don't have to feel like you're using sick days. The events were pretty good. They did take care of you when you had to travel.

    Cons

    no life, terrible management. I felt I was in competition with every coworker for a promotion and who would looked best in front of management. Management rarely cared how their employees felt as long as they were making the big bucks. There was a complete lack of respect for coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Gets lives


  4. Helpful (8)

    "1984 meets Alice in Wonderland"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good in your resume, health insurance.

    Cons

    E&Y has mastered the art of doublespeak. They make so many claims -- work life balance, compensation, growth, communication, interesting variety of work, "people first"...and with the voracity and redundancy by which they make the claims, you might actually believe them to be true. Unfortunately, none of it is true. Building on the Orwellian tradition doublespeak, the firm policies foster a form of Groupthink that is easily nurtured in an environment of 80-90 hour work weeks, sleep deprivation, stifling dress code, and intense competition that is in itself the result of an opaque performance rating system. Working at the firm is like sliding down the looking glass and waking up a year later like Gregor Samsa in Kafka's The Metamorphosis -- a giant insect trapped inside your cube with a diminishing personality, empty sense of self, and about a dozen legs flailing helplessly in the air, unable to escape.

    To those of you such as myself with a JD, go work at a law firm. You will earn at least 3 times as much. I just wish someone would have told me all of this before I signed the dotted line.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people when you interview them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "He believes in the product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a strong name to have on your resume

    Cons

    It's one of the most frustrating places you can work - especially if you come in as an experienced hire. It's riddled with bureaucracy. They harp on you about utilization but then bog you down with an endless pile of administrative junk. The lifers are always rewarded and good luck breaking in to the crowd if you come in from the outside. Also, if you enjoy life (outside of work), don't listen to a word they tell you, you will have no balance working here.

    Advice to Management

    For starters: if you're a consulting organization, why does it matter where you live and if you work from home or the office? Like the 'work/life balance' line, they talk about it a lot, but people don't really live by it.


  6. "Accounting Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, job advancement, international clents

    Cons

    Terrieble leadership, get a life

    Advice to Management

    help


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Decent pay, long hours"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours are not too bad during summer time.

    Cons

    Low pay, no bonus/overtime, lack of motivation, long hours during busy season, no room for learning

    Advice to Management

    Create some kind of performance bonus system to provide motivation for employees to strive to excel


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid and Overworked"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It will look good on your resume. They offer unlimited sick leave and an extra day off for most national holidays.

    Cons

    A lot of weekends and late nights spent working without compensation or expression of gratitude. You will not be asked for your opinion or for your ideas on how to improve the work process. Insensitive managers. Everyone is just looking out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees as slaves. Even slaves have feelings. Hire people with legitimate bachelors degrees and promote the people who deserve it.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A great place for working fathers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are flexible work arrangements allowed for certain employees for maternity leave, paternity leave, jury duty, secondments, sabbaticals, global travel, medical leave, and other personal days. In addition, some chosen few employees are allowed to work from home when they feel the need. In fact there is one case where an employee is allowed to come into the office a few times a month if they feel up for it.

    Cons

    When the heretofore mentioned employee works from home the preferred method of communication is to phone in a few times a day, talk more, listen less, focus on the perceived shortcomings of everyone else who is in the office that day, and complain about why those that actually show up for work are 'always' late to the office. Contrast this to other managers that are required to work around everyone elses' schedules and still required to be in the office early every day of the week with few exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    It's a great place for special needs employees at the expense of others who simply want to put in honest time and output quality work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Working at E&Y a Great Lesson in What Large Corporations Value"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Increased networking opportunities
    Working for a Big Four firm positive on resume
    Teaches object lesson in importance and value of due diligence in employment decisions
    Large companies don't necessarily have the lock on opportunity for growth and development

    Cons

    Disconnect of management from staff. Limited growth opportunities unless you are of the privileged and annointed few who have been blessed by partners and managers. Mindset of management toward staff is exclusively narrow in their focus. Opportunities for growth and development limited unless you belong to the annointed group so appointed by partners and managers.

    Managers have not been properly trained and are not knowledgeable about major functions of the engagement teams. However, these same managers continuously look for opportunities to accuse staff for their sub standard knowledge and skills instead of accepting accountability. Hard work and effort goes unrecognized. Management is blatantly condescending and patronizing, subjective in their assessments with narrow mindsets regarding status, culture, race, and religion.

    Because of the aforementioned items a lack of trust, respect and integrity to principle is the working environment of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Ethics and diversity training that has real substance is in dire need at the management level. Staff emulate management in their quest to climb the corporate ladder. Thus, accountability to ethical and moral principles that is demonstrated by management's addressing these needs in tangible ways that affect managers, financially or in the form of career advancement or lack thereof.

    It is so tiring and disingenious to hear the ethics and diversity propoganda when the general work environment never changes and management is not made accountable. If management really has no real intention to address these issues, silence on these issues would be preferred than the constant rhetoric and lip service to these issues that is so completely and utterly annoying to hear without meaningful results that change the work environment.


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