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"I was an Associate Director in the Global IT department."

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Former Employee - Associate Director in Secaucus, NJ
Former Employee - Associate Director in Secaucus, NJ
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Approves of CEO

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

Pros

I spent 22 years at E&Y and for the most part it was a great experience. Benefits are excellent. I was fairly compensated and advanced throughout my career based my own merit and accomplishments. There is a defined benefit retirement plan, (which is getting very rare in private business) plus 401(k) with match that are very valuable and the basis of a comfortable retirement that I now enjoy. E&Y had very flexible work arrangements, good vacation policies (3 weeks to start), excellent equal opportunities for women, LGBT and all people. I spend many happy and productive years there and am grateful for the experience and proud of my own success and achievements there.

Cons

Business is business. It is a grave mistake to assume that any large business in any difficult financial environment is concerned about the individual employee, but there still may be policies that are beneficial to all employees and that was very true for E&Y. Financial hard times bring swift cost cutting and reductions in staff. Out large global IT department was significantly reduced in the recession in 2009 and many people were laid off, including very senior people, Directors, Associate Directors, many long term employees and older workers, several categories that I fit into and I was also laid off after 20+ years at over 60 years old with very slim prospects for future employment. That, however, was not specific to E&Y. I am realistic about it and because of their good retirement benefits and my own planning for retirement, I was able to truly retire, which for younger people with young families was not the cast. My advice to everyone: be serious and SAVE FOR RETIREMENT!

Advice to Management

The core business of E&Y is strong and I was not directly involved in it, but supported it. I cannot comment on that. The back office world of IT, benefits, retirement, HR, finance was always susceptible to fluctuation in the larger economy, that in some cases, caused reductions that did not turn out to be very beneficial to the firm in either the short or long term. I recommend taking a long view of the value and contributions and working chemistry of any department before cutting it arbitrarily to reduce current cost.

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

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and rewarding
    Great teaming with others

    Cons

    Work life balance, lack of focus on mentoring


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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great newtorking, work with smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Work life balance isnt too great sometimes

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