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3.5 of 5 stars (72 Ratings)

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Consulting internship review

4.0 of 5 stars

January 2016 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Solid reputation, opportunity to support various teams and learn about different industries.

Downers

Little responsibility (only one month internship) and work (due to summertime.

Comments

Contact team managers for assignment of work if you want to contribute.

Summer internship

3.0 of 5 stars

January 2016 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Flat culture with nice people around the workplace, steep learning curve

Downers

long hours involved, have to be independent, sometimes repetitive work

Comments

Have clear goal in mind before entering EY to achieve the optimum personal development

Ernst and Young LLP, and other Big 4's, do not live up to university Hype

4.0 of 5 stars

January 2016 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Wonderful infrastructure and support departments to assist and expedite your work tasks. Company holds a "Balanced Life" perspective, and supports group social, sport, and charity activities by allocating financial and logistical support to employee initiated, employer approved group activities.

Promotion is regular in early years of the company, at an annual basis.

Downers

Company is highly resistant to change.

Company lacks entrepreneurial perspective. Superiors would rather you use inefficient methodology to accomplish tasks that they understand, rather than attempt newer more efficient methodology. Company focuses on continuing predictable practices rather than creating newer better practices.

Company initiates programs that don't change the work environment: Flexible work hours initiated so that people can better determine their own preferential start and stop times in the day. Come in at 7:30am, instead of 8:30am; leave an hour earlier. Except that the work loads are so intense, there is no incentive to arrive early, as you are expected to continue working past your expected leave time or you are working in such remote areas that everyone must travel together to and from the client work area, rendering flexible work hours pointless. Also, one could argue that you are leaving ahead of your peers because you arrived earlier, but you will be demerited because you are not "integrating with your peers."

Training offered is unhelpful. Many people speak of the training offered by large companies as a major growth area for your individual developement. EY training rarely extends to areas outside of workplace administrative matters such as forms, submission procedures, or fulfilling your employer's expectations. EY teaches you little you can carry outside of the company that would be of value to others. The skills you gain to handle the workload (organizing vast amounts of information, documents, and emails, prioritizing tasks for completion, and analysis of company financial information) is not taught by the company, but, rather, learned and developed as an individual. In most cases, the skills you develop in an Auditing firm such as EY, are skills you would develop in any major knowledge based career.

Leave, or "holiday," is disallowed during the peak season months of January to June.

Comments

To succeed in Ernst and Young LLP or any other accounting firm, you must be completely willing to sacrifice your personal life, freedom to determine your own schedule, and weekends to handle the exceptionally large amount of work.

You must be highly organized, must develop proper prioritization and planning skills, and operate well in office polotics.

You ideally must be, in terms of personality, an introvert who takes pleasure and enjoyment in the completion of longer tasks, requiring many hours of work for a single item, sitting at your computer for entire days at a time.

Great firm

5.0 of 5 stars

November 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Diversity, intellectually stimulating, launching pad for career in business and finance, ability to grow networks at home and abroad

Downers

Work-life balance can be challenging; long hours in some departments. Competitive environment with politics

Comments

Find out who you will work with, learn about culture, and get to know your cohort.

A great place to start your career

4.0 of 5 stars

November 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Highly team based. Culture is highly collaborative. And global reputation.

Downers

Localized. Good for customers, but limited chance to work cross sectional and low diversity on nationalities.

Comments

If you plan to stay in accounting/financial analysis/auditing, this is a perfect place to start from. If you are looking at something else, something more related to business development or have an exposure to industry insights, this is not a perfect place.

Decent first job

4.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

good work life balance, dynamic environment, strong in risk, compliance, and audit based engagements

Downers

not nearly as built out in strategy/management consulting as advertised-still very much a back office/accounting mentality even in the consulting space.

Comments

Junior people do not have a choice of which projects they get staffed on; you are considered a "resource" and are placed wherever they need you regardless of interest or skill set.

Supporting Managment

4.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

At EY, you work with motivated professionals. EY ensure that you have a supported mentor to support you through your professional journey. They provide trainning that enhance your skills and knowledge of accounting, auditing and the industry.

Downers

You work very long hours and most of the time on the weekend and from home as well, but when you work with an exciting team, the time goes by fast.

Comments

Take initiation and be intentional in the area you area working at.

Networking Review

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

People from EY are being very nice and welcoming, mostly satisfied with their lifes.

Downers

Former employees always say the down part like no life in EY, compared to someother companies might be true

Comments

That's the firm I really wanted to go. Even though it has some disadvantages, but the stage is really important for career development

EMEIA ADVISORY

2.0 of 5 stars

August 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Nice clients
Opportunity to travel more than region
Flexible working
No real targets

Downers

Culture is awful - bullying individual in charge
Very poor leadership
Was sold a strategic customer role but its a system integrator
No opportunities for development - boring work

Comments

EY is generally nice and friendly. The are i worked in is not typical of the company overall

Assurance associate internship

3.0 of 5 stars

August 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Chartered Accountancy training, chance to find out about different companies and industries in depth.

Downers

Hours can be harsh during the busy season.
Audit can be pretty monotonous.

Comments

To succeed people at EY need to see that you are capable to learn and work hard.

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