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Updated July 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "This Company is Extremely Overrated"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Staff in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Looks good on your resume, and that's about it
    - Beginning pay is fair, even though less than ideal
    - Stay at good hotels when traveling, even though you're always at the office

    Cons

    - Management has absolutely no respect whatsoever for employees
    - Management treat employees who are in their thirties and forties like 5-year old children
    - You may have to do really stupid tasks like get your boss's lunch or throw away your boss's trash just because he thinks he's above it, and even though you have Master's degrees and years of experience
    - Management often falsely accuse staff and employees of things that they did not do
    - The promotion goes to the coworker who goes out for 2-hour or 3-hour lunches, and you may not get one even though you work like a dog and skip meals to satisfy your boss
    - Most supervisors are micromanagers and do not let you work peacefully after administering your work
    - Managers are often dishonest in terms of chargeability, and will screw clients by charging them even though the employees are only "pretending" to do work or "looking busy," and this is especially done by senior/managers and above, only Staff actually do work at this firm, without getting any credit for it
    - A whole novel can be written about bad points of working at this seemingly great firm, don't come here just because of the name because it's equivalent to misjudging a book by its cover

    Advice to Management

    - Change your condescending attitudes toward your employees, if you treat adults like 5-year old children, they will LEAVE
    - Even though you're a Big 4 firm, mistreatment of employees will eventually catch up with you if it has not already done so in this economy
    - Ever heard of Honesty?? Try that out some time.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work..... if you like to slave away for no additional compensation!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - can be a good name on a resume for anyone interested into pursuing accounting related roles outside of EY

    Cons

    - hours are LONG
    - very unflexible work schedule. if senior managers or partners want you to work late - you're stuck!
    - absolutely NO benefits from working late. all we get is an occasional "thank you" from the partners (for making them boatloads of money)
    - very hard to break into any decent job outside of accounting. breaking into a bank or hedge fund into a front office role is nearly impossible. it's not a good place to start a career if you're ambitious.
    - 401k match is one of the worst available
    - no gym reimbursement
    - forced to travel with little to no notice, months at a time
    - the "people first" culture that they emphasize to potential candidates is non-existent...well unless you count the partners as people
    - very little minority representation at partner level

    Basically, every hour worked by an EY employee brings in x dollars to EY. Employees get a flat salary w/ no bonus. Therefore, to make the most money, it's best to keep staffing low and just produce the most work out of the limited resources available. So if you work 100 hours in a week, you are bringing in a lot of money for the company...none of which you will see a single penny of. This is great for the greedy partners, but what can you do...

    Advice to Management

    - provide employees with some type of incentive for working the insane hours that they work
    - stop being cheap and increase staffing
    - be honest during recruitment process

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Heavy Politics, Inhumane hours, and kiss bud hierarchy in ITAS - Compliance Technology Enablement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Name on Resume, lots of experience among various big companies.
    - Unlimited Coffee with various style in the pantry (for a good reason)
    - Free dinners if you work more than 10 hours.
    - Traveling at times.

    Cons

    - No desks available in 5 Times Sqaure, mostly booked by hoteling last minute.

    - You mixed with many new people with little or no experience who are the same level as you.

    - Is all about who you know, not what you know.

    - Most folks are only good at Project Management skills, delegate, and more delegate.

    - Kiss bud mentality to all partners and senior managers, for more proposal and projects so you can get their approval during annual round tables for promotion.

    - All projects are overpromise, and over delivered, with long hours to re-work on things that doesn't make sense.

    - Projects are underestimated with much efforts, to have a global intitiative developing a process, standardize methodology, and document, and train employees with a group of 20 consultants for 5 global units. You're talking about 8AM - 12AM with working on weekends, with weekend nights. An Asian senior manager in particular in the group work people like slaves to conduct his perfectionist rework for powerpoint slides on a friday night until 2AM.

    - No work is good enough, because it's a churning procedure as the project goes...and it could back fire if the client does not agree with the results in the end.

    - All the work above plus proposal works - if you want to look good to get promoted.

    - All colleagues in the group are working like describe above, you won't be comfortable for long if you are in a project that is well managed. Since there are lack of people doing the work, you might get pulled in to do more work for other senior manager or projects.

    - Avoid working for ITAS Compliance Solution Enablement if you work for EY. Other EY groups are not like the ones described above.

    - The pay scale does not do justice if you look at the industry pay vs. EY pay plus the amount of effort and work involve. The more hours EY push you to do, the more the company gain for their chargebility, but zero bonus to your salary. The industry pays you more bonus $20k annually, with mininal effort, and EY pays you $1k for quadriple efforts.

    - Most employess are burned out and in a bad mood, they are great people trapped in a bad work ethics.

    - The group specialized in hiring military recruits, the inexperience who can put in super long hours day and night for chargebility.

    Advice to Management

    Most important of all - FIX the work life balance in some Senior Manager working style.
    Give incentives for the huge over 100% chargebility for pay for performance, you don't charge 250/hour to the client, and give nothing to the employee, at least a percentage from the utilization.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Stayed too long"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money and experience - it is being outsourced

    Cons

    Toxic work environment - no trust

    Advice to Management

    Morale matters


  5. Helpful (1)

    "If you are single and don't care of work/life balance, this is the place to be!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big 4 name, something to get on your resume if you want to stay in accounting or tax or if making partner is a career goal to someone. They are still hiring on an annual basis.

    Cons

    Very long hours as a tax professional, tedious work, no slow cycles now. Female managers feel pressured not to have kids until they are senior managers or partners.

    Advice to Management

    Public accounting environment will not change (e.g. long hours, top priority for client serving, no work/life balance). Stop preaching "work/life balance" or "flexibility"!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Place to be if you like to be micro-managed and working around the clock..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    EY does offer great benefits

    Cons

    You're expected to be available around the clock minimally via Blackberry even as an hourly associate and are not compensated for your time-

    Your are micro-managed to the point of your mgr coming around to check your PC screen to verify what you're working on-

    If you are well-liked, EY's time-off policy is great, but if not, you're expected to be the first one in and the last one out; regardless of the situation-

    Advice to Management

    Micro-managing is not a way to boost employee morale-
    Try spending a little less time on perfecting "the brand," and a little more time providing pertinent training to staff who aren't CPA's-


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Tax Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - International Tax Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    size of potential client base

    Cons

    big culture with signficant amount of office politics

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees / people with respect, not like they are "the help."

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a healthy lifestyle"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestige, and hopefully one day it will be worth it. Higher salaries than other entry level jobs but that is because of the work it takes to get the position

    Cons

    The hours are disgusting. No lives for people starting out here. The stress and the lack of free time literally leads to health problems for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up. People wont want to stay to grow into upper positions because they will resent the company.


  9. "Nightmare for 10+ years of employees, EY files GC many times after 3-6 years (PWC, Deloitte is anytime better)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name of EY is the only Pros

    Cons

    No personal life
    Partner controls HR too
    Low salary for 10+ years of experience
    EY does not file GC. Many times takes 3-6 years to file GC. EY immigration is known for strange delays and bias filings.
    Resources who are having title partner thinks them as God.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on work than race for manager
    Respect employees
    Ensure matching salary at all levels and not just college graduates.
    Do immigration on time as without immigrants EY can not deliver.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "One of the most stingy companies"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hires alot of minorities especially foreigners

    Cons

    Fires the minorities first, greedy with giving out pay increases. Beware of the HR lady, she is never on your side. Favoritism dictates who gets on the big jobs.

    Advice to Management

    You wonder why minorities leave in large numbers, well you failed miserably on integrating your workforce no matter how u try to you your stats from Atlanta or minority heavy states to claim you are a diverse company


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