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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Advisor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - IT Advisor in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable Firm for students first job.

    Cons

    Not well structured. Top exec's lack vision, leadership and attitude.
    Currently influenced by and run as a mini Accenture firm, favoring Ex-Accenture employees who in many case don't fit the qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring from one Firm, this will dilute the value of EY stands for and how EY operates.


  2. "Audit senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Assurance in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have nothing. Guess I need 5 words.

    Cons

    Compensation for hours is terrible. Mindless work. Everyone is pretty depressed below senior manager. Not a healthy atmosphere when probably 80% of your group wants to leave. To be fair, it's not just them. Audit is in a really bad state.

    Advice to Management

    Give internal exit ops. Rotate people into advisory. Probably not too much you can do.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Women should avoid this place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Digital Analytics Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Analytics Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm not sure what the pros are since my interactions with them were poor when they acquired my company, that I quit immediately.

    Cons

    Six months into my pregnancy (with my first child) my company was acquired by EY. Initially I was super excited... however quickly became saddened by the way the company treats new moms. When my offer letter was presented to me I was told that I would not be eligible for EYs paid maternity leave due to the fact that although they had acquired a company that I had been employed at for five years, I hadn't been an EY employee yet for 12 months. Disappointing but I could live with it. Over the next month I repeatedly asked HR about the FMLA qualification which is also based on 12 months of employment, Short Term disability eligibility or loss of, lost PTO with the acquisition etc. I basically wanted to know if I was getting 6 weeks unpaid or 3 months unpaid after my baby was born so I could plan accordingly. I was told each time that I could not engage with EYs maternity team until the deal closed. Time was ticking on and the stress of not knowing during my pregnancy was just too saddening - I knew I had to leave the company for my own health. I quickly found a new job at a company that went out of their way to treat me like one of their own and while I disqualified from both FMLA and short term disability I knew I could never trust Society nor EY if I stayed.

    Fast forward three weeks after leaving the company, a dozen emails later and I am sitting pregnant without health insurance. Neither company will give me access to Cobra that I've repeatedly asked for. Cobra told me I'm not in their system. I'm paying out of pocket for my ultrasounds and praying that nothing happens to me. Only one week to go until my new coverage kicks in. Unfortunately health insurance companies won't provide short term coverage to pregnant women so I'm out of luck.

    Shame on them.

    Advice to Management

    Where should I begin? Don't treat new moms and dads the way you treated me when you acquire companies with soon to be parents. And don't acquire companies that try to show loyal employees the door the day after they give notice in order to quickly replace them and save the client. That just backfires.... My client found out what happened and pulled her contract too.


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  5. "Compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    on-the-job training, reputation, job security

    Cons

    hours, stress, travel, compensation, transparency


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Staff - ISAC (Cleveland, OH)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - ISAC Staff in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - ISAC Staff in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    It is based out of Cleveland where the living expenses are low

    Cons

    This review is specific to the ISAC (IT Shared Analysis Center) team in Cleveland, OH

    Modern day slavery – quantity of work you do is given maximum importance. You are bribed with terms like “Green card” and “Promotion”, but deemed “not good enough for this” and screwed over during year-end review process

    No career growth – The kind of work you do here can be done by 10th grade students. No degree is required to convert text to excel, correct spelling mistakes on files, re-order columns on excel. Their actual “technical” work is anything but technical – Clicking buttons to generate reports, copy paste existing code and change spellings, “Configure” environments (Fancy terminology for changing ON to OFF)

    No work life balance – your private cell phone number is taken for emergencies but you are constantly contacted at odd times of the day and weekends for unimportant stuff in the name of “deadlines” that don’t exist

    Toxic work environment – People are always angry, unhappy, spiteful or in tears

    Poor work structure – Multiple projects with different types of tasks causing each person to work for 12 – 13 hours a day just to get 9 hours of billable time. Lot of time wasted in unwanted documentation, waiting on responses from clients/managers, switching times to mentally prepare for a new task, thrown into a project and later expected to learn what it is about (learning times not counted as billable time therefore having to work extra hours a day/night). Complete disaster

    No flexibility – There is nothing remotely Ernst & Young like about this team. You have no flexibility to work from home unless you have a physical disability that is causing you to be immobile. You HAVE to work physically from the office even though every other person you work with is working from different parts of the country. The team works primarily out of Cleveland, OH (That in itself should have been enough reason not to join this team), you will not be allowed to change your work location until you reach manager level. If finally you decide that this team is not meant for you and request for an internal transfer, you will face one of the following: 1. Blocked from transferring and forced to continue working for that team 2. Transfer approved for 12 months in the future 3. Fired. You just have to take your chance

    Please reconsider before you join this team. The name Ernst & Young might be lucrative, but this team is an anomaly to the organization. The management has a really twisted mentality and will play you and squeeze every bit of life from you in the name of “Utilization”. Your concerns will NEVER be addressed and your career progress will remain stagnant. Worst decision of my life. Truly traumatic experience.

    Advice to Management

    For ISAC Management: Please focus on Employee retention and ways to improve the morale of employees
    For overall Ernst & Young management - Please take a good look at what's happening inside this team, it is miles and miles away from what the EY experience should actually be


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Risk Advisory Services, Staff in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Risk Advisory Services, Staff in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay/benefits if you are in the right line of work.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non-existent. Training is mediocre, expect to be thrown to the wolves day 1.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training, specifically the day to day tasks that correlate with each service line. The better prepared your people are, the better they will be at their job, reviews and ratings are only meaningful if you the expectations are in line with the skill level and competence of each individual.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Culture of Firing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money ,professional growth,mileage points

    Cons

    You can get fired anytime.
    I am surprised that no one has written this point. Looks like they have hired professional help to dilute real reviews. 4 persons got fired just because the partners could not get them projects.
    Absolutely not for individuals who are looking for stability . Strict no no for H1 Visa holder.

    Advice to Management

    Do not encourage mindless hiring and firing.


  9. "Toxic office in Seattle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, work-life balance, opportunities if you work hard and make yourself visible.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. Two-faced people, no mentorship from partners, over staffed at the manager level, no work and when you don't have enough work it's YOUR fault even though it's a partner level issue. At some point, it was forgotten that rewardin people for their hard work is a means to fight against attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees that clients like and can actually sell work vs. people who won't sell anything and detest leaving the office or to be near people.


  10. "Hire and Fire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture and great assets in the company

    Cons

    Hire and fire. Not doing well and they dont have business as compared to other big3


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it, look elsewhere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Advisory in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Advisory in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Salary

    Stable employment (It's pretty much impossible to get fired at this place. If you don't fit, they'll shift you onto a new project)

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke here, you're beholden to every possible whim of the client. Weekends, late nights, holidays. Even when there isn't actual work to do, you'll have to stick around to just in case the client (or your manager) thinks there might be the possibility of work.

    High employee turnover, managers don't make much of an effort to build any kind of rapport w/ their employees as a result.

    Salaries don't reflect actual amount of work being done. (i.e. someone working 80 hour weeks on a deal based project will make the same as someone working on 9-5 AML project)

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about who your employees are, maybe you wouldn't be shedding 1-2 people off a team every single month.


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