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Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant  in  Phila, PA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Phila, PA (US)

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

Pros

Great leaders
Learning opportunity
Diversity
Overall great place to work,

Cons

Hours
Health benefit
Working with outsourcing people

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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).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See "cons" comments.

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    Great place to start career, but may not be long-term best fit

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    Current Employee - Tax Staff  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    1) The diversified staffing group. With the DSG, there are two things that happen, that are pretty cool.
    a) You yourself know that if you don't like a particular job, you aren't necessarily stuck doing it.
    b) Other people for the most part are interested in helping you find a group you like.

    2) Great culture for coaching, learning, training, and teaming.

    3) For a Big 4 firm, many people are willing to work with you on flexibility.

    Cons

    1) Like all the Big 4 firms, the hours become rough at times. Even with work-life balance, there is a LOT of work.

    2) With the diversified staffing group, staff and seniors can experience rolling out of one busy season directly into another with no breaks.

    3) While compensation is a good solid start compared to most majors, it's not the top in absolute terms, and when you start looking on a per hour basis, it's not very competitive. This is mostly a Big 4 issue, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to spread the workload better. There are some people who are consistently over 100% utilized (and maybe part of the reason is that they are the most desirable employees), but over-utilization burns people out, and there are other employees to smooth out the opportunities for.

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