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Review averages

  • 176 employees say

    Excellent (92)
    52.272727272727%
    Good (45)
    25.568181818182%
    Satisfactory (25)
    14.204545454545%
    Subpar (14)
    7.9545454545455%
    3.77
  • 4 applicants say

    Excellent (2)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (2)
    50%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.38

Reviews for EY (Ernst & Young)

Reviews - What employees say

3.77 Employees say
3.38 Applicants say

Teamwork

Life from the "Core Business Solutions" (CBS) side (the ones that keep the company running) is one where mandatory education is used (aka "business acumen" courses) to explain that the "non-revenue generating" groups (CBS) are a big reason for not getting decent bonuses and why revenue is (supposedly) down or affected negatively -- this after the company went on a massive hiring spree from 2013 on increasing from 110k to 166k the # of employees globally. From the moment one leaves the "Welcome to our company" introduction one is pretty quickly introduced to the real culture which differs considerably from the values proudly repeated as mottos from higher up leaders.

Internal Communication

Sending surveys out asking leading questions about how wonderful working at the company is days and weeks after a massive layoff that directly affected 100s of folks who received the survey seems to be a big communication gap. Communication is not the strong point of many leaders unless it's to tout how they are suddenly against certain unacceptable behavior that gets reported in the media (in which mainly higher-up leaders participated, not the main work force).

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity and Inclusiveness are repeated as mottos yet seem to only apply to US folks as one is told to value and include others' input, yet this value or inclusion is not reciprocated by teams outside the US. One soon realizes that these overseas counterparts, while very cordial and friendly in meetings, are working against one's efforts by having overseas office-wide meetings (absolutely no US counterpart allowed), not coming to team meetings with US counterparts and rebranding US counterpart work as their own to leaders (which are then used to promote the overseas teams).

Suggestions for improvement

  • Could be a great place to work if they truly followed through on valuing employee input.

What I like about the company

Good pay and great benefits. Exceptional technology -- very up to date.

What I dislike about the company

Duplicity

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    EY
  • City
    Atlanta
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Company Culture

Has a culture of being fun and supportive but also workaholics

Support from management

Varies a lot by team. I had managers who would drop everything they were doing to help me, even if it was for a different client. I also had managers who ignored me until I did something wrong and also wanted a weekly accounting of my time to the nearest 30 minutes. I know my peers felt a lot of pressure to stay on budget.

Teamwork

Again, varies by client. I was on one team that went out to movies after work together. I had another team that basically never communicated unless they had to be together for a meeting. I got the vibe there was a lot of fighting when I wasn't around.

Freedom to work independently

Was generally able to do the work as I saw fit.

Internal Communication

Varies by client. Some teams I could ask for help, even if it's for a different client and they would drop everything and help me. Other teams, communication was either absent or negative.

Gender Equality

Again, EY makes a point of this. Most of the highest ranking people at my office were men, but quite a few women partners and senior managers as well.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Didn't see enough of this in action enough to really be able to comment. People seemed pretty civil regardless of age.

Career Development

If you can stick it out, you can get promoted pretty quickly. The usual expectation from college grad to manager is about 5 years. Most of the people I know who were with the firm that long were promoted.

Overall compensation for your work

Many work here for 2 years and leave because can make substantially more elsewhere with even a little experience. Also, EY (and other Big 4) tend to pay lower initially than in industry, and then you are supposed to get bigger raises. However, I know a lot of my peers were disappointed at the raises from years 1 to 3. Also, the pay adjustment for working in expensive cities is not nearly enough to make up for the cost of living. Pay varies about 10,000 between a cheap, midwest city and San Francisco/San Jose. It's a big part of the reason seniors are leaving so fast.

Office / Work Environment

EY is switching all their offices to an open office layout. It sounds great at first, but it results in a lot of noise and interruptions while trying to think through complex problems.

Environmental Friendliness

I get the vibe EY is supportive of green issues...? Not sure exactly how.

Work-Life Balance

During busy season, you are officially given 55 hours per week to complete your work. Most of my coworkers work more than that and "eat" (under-report) their hours so as not to go over budget. Work days were 12-14 hours for about 4 months of the year.

Company Image

EY is a Big 4 accounting firm, so it looks great on the resume in the business world. Lots of corporate social responsibility. Emphasizes diversity.

Job Security

With so many seniors leaving, EY is generally eager to hire and promote.

Handicapped Accessibility

They have elevators, automatic doors, etc. EY is a big company and all EY's buildings are leased. I think they are as good as most big companies as far as accessibility.

Workplace Safety

During busy season, you can expense the occasional Uber if you were working late and were too tired to safely drive home.

Challenging Work

Big corporations are very complex and you get thrown into the mix and have to figure it out. Never a dull day.

Inclusive / Diverse

EY has a strong culture of diversity and inclusiveness. I always felt invited to after-company events.

Suggestions for improvement

  • -Make more of an effort to retain seniors, a $1,000 bonus for recruiting experienced hires probably won't do much to be honest -Get away from open office layouts, they do more damage at this office than I think management realizes

What I like about the company

Peers are very supportive, EY will hire you straight out of college, if you stick with it you can advance quickly

What I dislike about the company

Long hours, stressful work, and open office layout more distracting than you would expect

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • City
    San Jose
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Finance

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered
  • 26.Feb 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The main concern is the business team's lack of respect for IT as a whole. Business team seems to pressure IT to fix items that can be alleviated through proper client management. The Operational IT decisions of outsourcing to consulting services has played a major role in the negative culture change. Employees I have spoken wit have said they don't feel that the firm is committed to their full time employees.

Support from management

IT Management does their best to support their teams but there is no business support seems to be aligned.

Career Development

The default statement that "we are responsible for our own career seems to be a cop-out" given the lack of reciprocal commitment from EY to their full time employees.

Overall compensation for your work

EY pays very well for the pain felt in cross organizational culture issues. If you are into simply getting a top level salary, EY is the place for you.

Work-Life Balance

We work every weekend. If we do not, we are afraid that we'll be outsourced.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Rekindle the commitment to the employees that have committed themselves to EY for years

What I like about the company

The logo and corporate identity is nice. The discounts and perks like working remote are overshadowed by the changing culture.

What I dislike about the company

The culture is going in the wrong direction.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Ability to work remotely is offered
  • Company
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • City
    Atlanta
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

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Review averages

  • 176 employees say

    Excellent (92)
    52.272727272727%
    Good (45)
    25.568181818182%
    Satisfactory (25)
    14.204545454545%
    Subpar (14)
    7.9545454545455%
    3.77
  • 4 applicants say

    Excellent (2)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (2)
    50%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.38

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