EY Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
4,474 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people
    Smart colleagues
    Lots of training
    Big name clients
    Career runway
    Exposure to a lot of different industries

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Tactical tasks
    Long hours
    Many years until you get to a big salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The income paid in the larger cities is not enough to support a family. It's probably fine for young professionals, but it is challenging for those with kids.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for career but long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff II  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff II in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no better places to start off a career in accounting than with one of the Big Four. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel which would be great, but i have a family that I miss terribly when I'm away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Different from expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People Culture
    Lot of learning opportunities
    Working with great companies

    Cons

    No work life balance
    poor pay
    pigeon holed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lie about work-life balance to new staff and provide them with unrealistic expectations of hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    People First is just a slogan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at EY for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You work with really good, smart people. Fortune 500 clients. Can be very Interesting and challenging work. Great ability to learn about new industries and processes.

    Cons

    VERY political. You will work very hard, long hours, and the amount of assistance you receive is very dependent on the partner or senior manager you work with. Easy to get stuck on the same account for a very long time, so the work can become routine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People first really should be an operating strategy not just a slogan.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great brand for which to gain experience, but don't stay too long.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Well recognized global company, but be ready to put in your hours

    Cons

    Demanding, high stress factors, flexibility comes at a cost, average compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    E&Y Tax

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people were very qualified. E&Y is very open to continuous education.

    Cons

    None as I was expecting to work more than 50 hours during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    E&Y University is great keep on investing in it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Various learning opportunities that lead you on the right path;
    Good people, brilliant people;
    "Okay" work-life balance;
    Various channels for "top-down" and "bottom-up" communications

    Cons

    Too many administrative things going on;
    Unbalanced worklaod, sometimes it's running really slow but sometimes you don't even have time to stop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience and opportunities are available at the firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fortune 500 clients, Public clients. Exposure to C-level employees. Good Salary and reimbursements for expenses, Gas mileage etc. Working with very smart people.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes the work environment is very stressful, A lot of responsibility. Hard to maintain a good social life outside of work, especially during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a firm-wide culture that work is not the only priority (more than family, friends, community, etc..). Management advocates this, but supervisors usually don't.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    EY is a great place to work for as a young professional but not for people with families

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Risk Advisory Services Auditor  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Risk Advisory Services Auditor in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is flexibility in working schedule depending on the managers that you are working for, but also depending on the client and the offices that you work for.

    Cons

    You tend to be busier with smaller clients which have constraints on budget and time. You don't have a lot of say in the schedule at senior level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    People and culture are great, but work is demanding like all consulting shops

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    More partners actually seem to care about the development and progression of managers / senior managers than I've seen at other firms. Obviously some are still indifferent, but overall there is a lot of support from partners / ED's to move around the firm in any direction that suits your interests / goals.

    Cons

    Hours are long, just like any other Big4 or big consulting shop. Also, as a manager or senior manager, you sometimes have to take what you can get when it comes to staff / seniors, and if they aren't solid performers, you have to pick up the slack, adding to an already heavy workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally stay on track - there is a lot of emphasis already on training and supporting people in their careers. Comp is a little low, but that maybe is the tradeoff in exchange for all of those firm funded development opportunities, reasonably generous expenses, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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