EY Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
4,720 Reviews
3.7
4,720 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 239 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 680 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 718 reviews)

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    Senior Associate, IT Advisory

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

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to challenging projects
    Networking
    Training
    Personal growth
    Opportunity to work with large clients

    Cons

    Long hours
    No work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great opportunity for variety of workd

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work witching your personal life

    Cons

    Potential hrs depending on client requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People management training would be great

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place for anyone

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Wonderful driven people who are supportive and open to new ideas
    -Well known clients
    -Snacks,coffee machines, parties
    -High professional standard
    -Generous with further study assistance

    Cons

    -some work could be repetitive
    -lack of formal training when starting out
    -given there are so many people you really specialise in an area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More formal training at junior levels would really improve retention rates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Good training but Firm is sales focused

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

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

    Pros

    Working with the firm will give you good exposure to big clients and very interesting projects. The experience will allow you arguably grow and learn more as oppose to working in commercial organisations.

    Cons

    Despite having a balance score card in evaluating performance, the Firm is still heavily sales focused. It becomes progressively difficult to achieve promotion as you climb the ladder unless you are good in sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a culture to properly progress individuals who are technically good but may fall short of being good in sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Melbourne Performance Improvement - Good potential but currently missing the mark

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    • 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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Not a terrific experience

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic investment in staff development and training opportunities, both internal and external.
    Great salary packaging and pay. No complaints there.
    Easy environment if you start there as a grad and work your way up.
    Good branding on the CV when you leave.

    Cons

    Do not expect to advance and maintain work-life balance. Especially if you have a family with children.
    Extremely difficult to get ahead as a lateral hire.As a lateral hire your experience you bring to the role is extremely undervalued.
    Organisation is extremely feudal and rife with nepotism. You will not advance if you do not brown nose the right people above your rank. Your targets/metrics are not based on facts but rather what people think of them and what they think of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None of these suggestions will be undertaken but I would suggest:
    - eliminate round table process to make advancements purely fact based;
    - do not advance/promote people who display abhorrent behaviours that would never fly in industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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