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Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "Good Spot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people, work life balance better than competitors

    Cons

    Some crappy projects and some lacking benefits

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your only asset, help em out a bit more


  2. "Good Company to work for.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High growth firm with people from all backgrounds. Takes a while to build a network but no looking back after that.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not there.

    Advice to Management

    Should be more strategic in deciding on client should be CH1 or CH2. Advisory looses business due to small value CH1 commitments.

  3. "Intense workloads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You really learn to be efficient and muli-task like a pro.

    Cons

    The hours in audit are too much for your salary until perhaps the senior manager level.

    Advice to Management

    Increase base salary and vacation days for managers and below


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive Co-Workers; Unpredictable Hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff/Assistant Risk Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Staff/Assistant Risk Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many sorts/sizes of companies. Client interaction (amount depending on role/level).

    Cons

    Time tracking is a huge difficulty and source of stress, and forgetting to track time 3 times in a year (even if you're out of office or on vacation) leads to capped full-year reviews. Teams vary widely. Hard to take vacation due to long hours and team constraints.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring more people would reduce workload on current employees.


  5. "It's Public Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    The firm is very accepting. It offers a chance to get a wide range of experience and work with career focused hard working people. Most people are with to teach and invest time in you if you ask. Ultimately your teammates want to see you succeed (on their team).

    Cons

    Experience can depend on you team. The Cultural is very much it is better to be seen at work than seen working, meaning people care more about seeing you there at 7pm than actually seeing an impressive output of work.

    Advice to Management

    It's okay to lose people to other service lines or industry within the service line. I think it there should be more a focus on how to lead people rather than how to manage people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Global opportunities, work from home, solid benefits

    Cons

    Very little flexibility regarding work style - conformity is desired, especially when working with the Advisory function. In that case, partners have too much power over how and when employees on a project work, in many cases leading to a toxic work environment. Individual styles are not appreciated. Support functions like Communications who work with Advisory completely bend to the whims of those lead partners and rather than seek to find a compromise where their own employees are provided with support and solutions so that they can work comfortably, will sacrifice you in the name of the project, even if that project is dysfunctional and has a bad reputation within the company. Lots of employee churn within Advisory projects. You will be worked to death with very little reward or job satisfaction. As with other Big 4 firms, EY's support functions (Communications, Marketing, etc.) are second class to those functions that directly generate revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your support functions like they are as important to the firm's growth as functions such as Advisory, because they are. Too often, the "Highest Performing Teams" function means complete conformity without regard to fixing the underlying dysfunctions within the teams, which are often caused by old-school ideas around working one way and one way only.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "General review of experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great people to work with and in general within the Big 4 they treat their people the best. The international network is great and you'll meet great people to work with. There are strong networks and you can carve out people to work with - excellent teaming - if you are with the right people.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy and favoritism. They try to make it seem like a meritocracy but it is not. Also, things move at snail pace and pretty much lags behind industry. There are a lot of office politics so you need to be very aware of the written rules and unwritten rules.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees better. Treat raises and promotions seriously. People are not stupid.

  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience, young teams

    Cons

    Competitive atmosphere, action varies from words

    Advice to Management

    To work over people's retention


  9. "Program/project manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Program/Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program/Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People-first culture. Flexibility for most roles as long as you get your job done.

    Cons

    Large organization, can be difficult to navigate bureaucracy.


  10. "Great to start out, not long term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Toledo, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having the affiliation with the one of the Big 4, benefits package, advancement and learning opportunities, compensation, and networking inside and outside of the organization.

    Cons

    Personally, I felt that the work/life balance wasn't there. The tools to measure your value to the firm versus the reviews that you get from those above you seem contradictory.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't be harsh on the leaders when the markets for certain service lines are unstable. Revise your plan to have more realistic goals other than keeping pushing for a higher and higher number every year, resulting in unhappy teams.


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