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EY San Jose Reviews

Updated October 1, 2017
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  1. "Challenging and engaging place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great learning, Builds your career portfolio

    Cons

    Work life balance; Very high expectations


  2. "EY Tax Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Tax Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    EY has a large, corporate work environment which allows people new to the workforce to gain a broad skillset within tax accounting.

    Cons

    The internship is very administrative based, and the most work I did relating to taxes was filling out forms and formatting Excel files.

    Advice to Management

    Allow interns to do more accounting-heavy work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning and great exposure at an early stage

    Cons

    Long working hours as well as not so competitive compensation


  4. "Tax Manager"

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    Former Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great flexibility
    - ability to take up to 5 weeks off (3 weeks paid, 2 weeks unpaid)
    - opportunities to grow
    - defined pension plan + 401K matching

    Cons

    - small bonuses
    - crazy hours
    - not enough support staff
    - pay sucks


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good company and good learning

    Cons

    It can be stressful at time


  6. "Not suitable for Tech"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for Tax/Accounting individuals only.

    Cons

    Not a good opportunity for individuals with technology background. Benefits very basic, especially 401k is very bad. Tax teams should outgrow market demands in terms of technology. Compensation is average compared to market.

    Advice to Management

    Plan resource management properly. Very poor sales & project roadmap. Nobody know what's next- not even next day, next week or next month.


  7. "Senior Manager Advisory"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good place for young recruits to start their career. Good focus on ethics. Risk averse

    Cons

    All depends on the team and partners you work for. The organization does not matter for small issues that are very important to an individual. Not nimble n the new age era. Good cosulting firm for the old world companies. Not a good firm to be engaged, for technology focussed areas

    Advice to Management

    Change your approach and start investing for the future. If partners need money in future and be relevant start looking out and invest. Dont just get fixed on suits and great shoes.

  8. "Great experience, brutal hours like all Big 4"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Senior in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assurance Senior in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at EY gives great experience. You learn a lot in a really short time. It looks great on a resume. The people are all smart and it provides a great network after everyone leaves the company and goes into industry. Out of all the Big 4, EY has the best tech clients in the bay area, like Google, Apple, Facebook, etc.

    Cons

    The hours are very long, especially during busy season or an IPO client. This is typical of all Big 4 companies.

    Advice to Management

    Try to incorporate more work life balance, and don't make employees work such long hours. Show more appreciation for hours put in and work performed.


  9. "Senior"

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    Current Employee - Senior in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EY is an excellent firm to work for because of the global presence and opportunities for a young professional

    Cons

    Very centralized management. Senior has to run ever by manager--sr.mngr--partner to get things done... at least in my group.

    Advice to Management

    Give plenty of opportunities to staff/senior to try new engagements and find a specialization. If you are stuck doing one thing and one thing only - it gets boring quick.


  10. "Audit"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast track to learn how big businesses work and get your foot in the door when starting with no professional experience, opportunities to work on exciting companies in the bay area, make a lot of networking and personal connections with coworkers that last forever.

    Cons

    Bad bad hours all year round there is never a not busy time, poor communication from management and little reward for hard work, low salary compared to market and the raise you get is compared to your peers and depends on performance review by your managers from multiple teams and ultimately judged by the national office (non-negotiable). Difficult to move around clients or locations unless you threaten to quit. Advertised as way to learn about accounting to college students, but you spend a substantial amount of time doing administrative and documentation exercises.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust business model to focus on showing people you truly care about their development and well-being instead of treating people as just potential billable hours and tools in a spreadsheet. Start by implementing competitive salaries (or even overtime) and mandated 45 hour work weeks outside of busy season and actually enforce it. Focus less on budget of projects and more on development of people, if you have the most efficient person doing the same task every quarter because they are the best and take the least hours from the budget, no one learns and when that person leaves everyone is in a bad spot.


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