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Updated February 20, 2017
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  • Great work life balance and great culture (in 578 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career (in 237 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours typical of Big 4 (in 1766 reviews)

  • The only i found is lack of work life balance (in 1690 reviews)

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  1. "Very Satisfied...for now."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ernst & Young has a flat organizational structure giving people at all levels the opportunity to step up, learn, and execute. Ernst & Young's top-notch client base provides great opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. For the most part, colleagues want you to succeed.

    Cons

    The compensation packages are very attractive but in today's economy, there is a lot of competition for talent. I don't see Ernst & Young going above and beyond to attract and retain talent. In fact in some areas, E&Y is lacking - for instance, there are no annual bonuses like some other firms.

    Advice to Management

    I hear a lot of colleagues talk about leaving and their exit strategy. Is senior management doing enough to retain employees? How is E&Y going above and beyond to attract and retain talent? How does E&Y break the "leap-frog" cycles of people going from one firm to another and back again for career advancement?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent starting point for career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Advisory Staff in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities when leaving the firm. Big 4 are known around the world and offer a lot of potential for making the most of your career. Everyone is very intelligent, helpful and supportive. You really notice this when you go out to clients and talk with people and realize the level of incompetence some companies hire people at. If your into traveling your going to do a lot of it (on the advisory side). I would say I travel 70%-90% of my time.

    Cons

    The hours can get pretty ruff at times. Work life balance is just a buzz word thrown around by HR and partners. The raises are above what you would find in the private industry and can range between 9%-15% but in today's economy that might be changing.

    Advice to Management

    Train people to be managers and project leaders and not just focus on technical learning.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great opportunities in a flexible enviornment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ernst & Young offers a significant amount of opportunity for development and career advancement. Unlike industry, you will get promoted to senior or manager when you have proven yourself capable and not just when a spot opens up. The path to partnership is clearly defined, and there is a support structure that can help you determine what you need to do to progress along this path.

    EY (Big 4) is a great compromise between the yearlong 90+ hr weeks of investment banking or other more lucrative opportunities and the more limited opportunities offerd by 40 hr week jobs. You are given as much responsibility as you can handle and get the opportunity to work on high profile assignments early on. You can get involved in business development if you have that desire.

    The employees at Ernst & Young are generally very intelligent and capable professionals. It nice to be able to count on all members of a team to pull their weight.

    Ernst & Young promotes a "people first" culture which I wrote off as recruiting jargon when signing onto the firm. However, it seems to be something that is embraced by leadership - at least based on my expereince. Employees are expected to operate at a high level and produce, but there is a lot of flexibility given in meeting those obligations. Working from home or shifting time in the week to meet personal obligations is normal. EY also works with employees with permanenet flexible working arrangements. This flexibility seems to be much greater here than what it seems to be at the other Big 4 firms based on my impressions / friends at other firms.

    Oh, and raises are generally good (10%+)

    Cons

    There can be a lot of pressure as a lot is expected of you. It can be a competative working enviornment at times.

    Some employees can be whiners.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the business plan of each particular group more effectively to its members.


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  5. "Excellent firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    EY is an outstanding firm that gives all of its employees plenty of opportunities within the firm and outside of the firm if they chose to leave

    Cons

    long hours and depending on your practice travel

    Advice to Management

    higher salaries in New York


  6. "Great Place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the flexibility. The firm is very focused on trying to develope its people at every level. Regardless of who you are and what role you may have with the firm, if you put in effort, you will be rewarded. The opportunities are endless and the people you meet at the firm will be in your business network forever. This is a great place for young folks to begin their career. The things one learns at a large firm like this are priceless.

    Cons

    There really are no downsides to working at Ernst and Young. I really have enjoyed working there. The people are great and the experiences are endless.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Keep encouraging employees to achieve their potential


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I love EY :)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The inclusiveness culture is a big deal for me but more important than that is the training and the willingness of seniors and managers (and even partners) to train younger staff and interns. As an intern, everyone checked on how I was doing- from partner to Staff 1. The seniors on the engagements were very good at training and walking interns through things.

    For interns, I would recommend EY- 100% The training I got there was amazing.

    In a few months, I will let you know how being a staff differs.

    Cons

    Like with every accounting firm this big, there are busy hours- but it comes with the territory. Each team is different with flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure yet! But I mush say, Jim Turley rocks (even though I haven't met him)... I've heard amazing things!


  8. "Very people-focused, global organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global network, great people, interesting work. There are lots of opportunities for working with multinational clients in a very fast-paced intellectual environment. Mobility is very important to this firm, and there are lots of people who are given chances to do international rotations.

    Cons

    Late night calls, some frenzied work

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing people. Your people are your most valuable asset and you should treat them today as the team leaders you expect them to be in the future.


  9. "EY is a great firm."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cbs in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Cbs in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm works hard to promote workplace flexibility. This is part of their great people first culture. They also have a working parents program that supports those that work there that may have children. There are presentations you can listen to and other parents that you can talk to for support. They do a lot to retain working mothers/fathers and this is a strong quality. They have a wonderful code of ethics and all who work there value honestly.

    Cons

    There really aren't many down sides to working for Ernst and Young. I think they are a great firm and am proud to work there.

    Advice to Management

    None, I think they do a great job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "E&Y - hard workers will be happy (and rewarded, provided you put your hand up and ask)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ernst and Young truly makes an investment in the technical and soft skills of its people through EYU and other learning and development opportunities. The growth and success of the tax practice provides opportunities for mobility and advancement for motivated performers.

    Cons

    Quality of junior staff varies widely and can be a crap shoot. Compensation is less competitive for attorneys who could be working at law firms for more in salary (and much larger bonuses).

    Advice to Management

    Generational differences between Baby Boomers vs. Gen X vs. Gen Y is perhaps the most serious challenge facing our firm culture and success.


  11. "EY is a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great leaders and great people - helps you focus on the job at hand.

    Cons

    Lack of feedback makes it hard to know what to focus on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the long term results and not short term fixes



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