EY Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
4,460 Reviews
3.7
4,460 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Engaging people and opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    very friendly and helpful people

    Cons

    same as all the other Big 4

  2.  

    Great people, interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at EY part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Team, interesting engagement, on the job development, the diversity agenda they talk about is genuine, opportunity to put your hand up and give things a go

    Cons

    Partner politics, long hours, per hour salary not competitive because of long hours, as you move up I performance system is very sales focused - excellence in delivery doesn't get the same weighting in their annual targets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let managers and above choose between a sales or delivery focus. Adjust performance system accordingly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, team working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good people to work with in team environments

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are long during busy seasons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    good people
    hours are ok
    great place to learn

    Cons

    Pay is not great
    scale of pay is also not that great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change pay model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Melbourne Performance Improvement - Good potential but currently missing the mark

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Performance Improvement  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Performance Improvement in Melbourne

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with ambitious and like minded people
    Great brand name
    Great exit opportunities
    Exposure to C-suite executives

    Cons

    Recruitment oversells the role
    Lack of formal and consistent training
    Elitist culture at times
    Staff bookings are made on relationships instead of merit and ability
    Many sub groups and 'Cliques'
    Work load is inconsistent - some months you work around the clock, and other times you are benched for a couple of months at a time.
    Weak pipeline
    Too many graduates, consultants and senior consultants. Not enough work to consistently keep everyone busy. At times new starters and consultants are left to their own devices on the bench without much direction and guidance from senior leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire staff in line with current project pipeline as opposed to ambitious growth targets.
    Have a plan to keep everyone busy. If there aren't enough billable opportunities then staff should be placed on projects on a 'shadowing' basis to develop new skills and increase personal brand equity within the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very flexible workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at EY part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It has been very flexible with maternity leave and flexible work arrangements. Also, great people work here.

    Cons

    It is such a large firm it is sometimes hard to see positive change happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney

    I worked at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great peer group and colleagues
    Some of the smartest people I've had the pleasure of working with

    Cons

    A lot of working late just to be seen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience...but not for me long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne

    I worked at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people; exposure to biggest companies; personal development opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is poor until you make it to manager; work hours and work/life balance not good; can involve travel - you really are at their whim

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (1) Better integration program for people coming to EY from previous consulting background outside of Big 4.

    (2) Find a way to minimise administrative burdens on consulting teams. I spent way too much time jumping through never ending administrative steps, when I could have been working on the project. Appreciate these steps are important for minimising risk and ensuring quality, but should be done by people with pure admin role...in my opinion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    EY is hard work but can provide great experience when you take advantage of the opportunities available.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Services Senior
    Current Employee - Assurance Services Senior

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    people and culture, flexibility, global and differing service line opportunities

    Cons

    work-life balance gets away from everyone quickly, constantly understaffed due to high turnover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great employer with great people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Variety of experience and areas

    Cons

    Sometimes you can feel lost if you are not booked on a engagement

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