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"What a nightmare"

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Former Employee - Audit Staff in New York, NY
Former Employee - Audit Staff in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The experience of interacting closely with client financial statements and processes can be fascinating. EY also has a strong brand name for the resume.

Cons

GULAGS. EY likes to send its people to far-away assignments (usually 3-4 hours from NY so that you stay in a hotel) in the middle of nowhere where workdays often exceed 12-14 hours 6 days a week. At these sites, you will be working twice as hard and long as those at the main clients for NO MORE GRATIFICATION. No one actually cares what you do there, as long as you sit in your windowless room and bill 70 hours a week to clients. BEWARE: if put on one of these assignments, it means HR is just waiting for your to leave the firm. They will constantly assure you that your commitment will be recognized, but they never intend to promote you any faster (if at all) or put you on a better assignment.

At the same time, the environment is so sycophantic it's surreal. No one dares criticize anything about their leaders or the firm for fear of repercussion. There is no meritocracy, just repercussion for criticism. Senior management seems to have taken this straight from Stalin's playbook.

Advice to Management

I can't give senior management any credit, because Joseph Stalin invented this management style almost 80 years ago. I think they should experiment with other forms of governance besides those of the Soviet Union.

Other Employee Reviews for EY

  1. Helpful (1)

    "New"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - All Caps in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - All Caps in Redwood City, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of learning and potential to experience emerging market companies.

    Cons

    hard to move within the service lines


  2. "Learned a lot, worked a lot more."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The training and networking opportunities can't be beat. At least 2-3 times a year a formal training is held with great topics and lessons. These are usually followed by social events (open bar always) where you can mingle with top management and down. The people really make the company what it is.

    Cons

    You'll work hard, and around years 3-5 your life will really suck. Once (if) you make manager it seems to get better for those people, but by then 3/4 of your start class will have quit.

    Advice to Management

    Seniors need some incentive. But being that retention is not a big deal I can see why we don't get bonuses or any other incentive to stay.

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