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Better than most places. Still tons of hours and travel.

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Former Employee - Manager - Performance Improvement  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
Former Employee - Manager - Performance Improvement in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

Pros

Good salary and benefits (not great, considering the hours and travel). Looks great on a resume and very good experience, but the business consulting (non-internal audit) is a recent practice that they've been rebuilding since about 2008. It's had a rapid growth and those joining now missed the bottom floor entry, but also many growing pains (like a huge lack of practice resources, tools, knowledge databases, etc.). Still small in comparison to Deloitte, Accenture, but closing the gap.

Cons

Way more of an old boys club feel than other Big 4 firms. Few women in business consulting (read: not tax or internal audit) above level of manager. EY is not anti-women and the women that are there are outstanding and very pro-women. It's just that the guys tend to go to lunch together and hang out together outside of work (not just at the associate/senior levels) so if you're not "one of the guys" it can be tough to build the strong relationships needed to get pulled in to sell work or be assigned to work on good projects. This may be a result of so many sr managers & partners returning to EY from Cap Gemini (EY consulting that was spun off in the late 90's) once their non-compete agreement w/EY expired. From my experience and conversations with friends, KPMG and Deloitte seem more pro-female.

Performance Improvement managers must average 45 hrs a week billable to be at 100% utilzation, but many clients only allow you to bill 40 hrs, so if this gives you very litle room during the year if you are between engagement. Lots of people get hurt by this, especailly, if a client pushes back a start date and you're the subject matter resource for the project (and can't quickly be deployed elsewhere).

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to learn and build a strong network.

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    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. They provide a lot of training and the experience is great. You are surrounded by a lot of knowledgeable people who have also been in industry. The people are very nice and helpful and you have the opportunity to build a strong network.

    Cons

    Being in this industry of course isn't the normal 9-5 job so sometimes the hours can be a little much or hectic during busy season. But if you are upfront with your manager they can be pretty flexible if need be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Assistant in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    Interesting and diverse projects
    Clients with good reputation
    Trainings both online and onsite
    Good working environment

    Cons

    Demanding workload, no worklife balance
    Cannot get enough vacation
    Not enough time and effort provided to improve the professional knowledge
    The workload was disproportionally allocated within the team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the balance between the profitability and the satisfaction of the employee
    Pay attention to collagues in the management, who does not treat lower level consultant in a professional manner and not giving the minimum respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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