EY Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated 16 June 2014
Updated 16 June 2014
4,373 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Ernst and Young Audit Senior

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Headhunters contact you regularly for positions

    Cons

    Long hours and boring work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote only people to management who have good people skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Be prepared to be challenged without much time to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Job security, good reputation in the accounting field, smart people in your age group and Company perks such as getting VIP access to sporting events if you are on right teams.

    Cons

    Long hours, no predictability with your schedule, no work-life balance, and boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and stop working people to death until they quit. More people suffer because their team members quit!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay but no good work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Senior in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    1. Good base salary
    2. Good infrastructure to support the work environment
    3. Steady inflow of business
    4. Large number of peers

    Cons

    1. Noncompetitive bonus
    2. High workforce attrition
    3. Lack of entry-level job education/training
    4. Poor work/life balance
    5. Diluted culture due to increasing hiring

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not rewarding experience for my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Audit Staff  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Audit Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Good brand name on resume

    Cons

    Lack of guidance from managers
    Low salary
    Lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you want to develop people

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you can keep your head down you'll do fine

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Different clients and industries keep things interesting, depending on your team it can be fun and you'll make some good friends, 3 weeks vacation which is more than most places plus the option to buy more vacation (but remember it'll cost you)

    Cons

    Of course, no work life balance, blame game is everywhere all the time, unrealistic expectations and very little help as you progress in the firm. Management does not care to hear anything negative though like most corporate cultures they'll say they do. Very little support from upper management so hard to feel like a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other than the obvious "hire more people", stop having such a chip on your shoulders to think that you don't have to get your hands dirty in the detail and help out with the actual onsite audit work. It is supposed to be a team after all. Just because it's the way it was done when you were a senior doesn't mean it was done right or needs to stay that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    EY is a great company to work for if you are in the right group.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Tax in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice coworkers. Great place to list on your resume.

    Cons

    It only takes one bad leader to destroy a group. People sit around and are afraid to leave at night because the group leader is a workaholic. No respect for work life balance. People are rewarded only for long hours and not for results. Those that don't adopt this way of working are labled poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and quit working people to death. People do have lives outside of work. Reward efficiency by letting people leave when their work is done. Lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Has a good reputation and will look on good on your resume. Your experience depends on the projects you get put on, so everyone has a different experience in the firm.

    Cons

    There is a lot of office politics that you can't avoid even if you try. These politics cause major biases against you even if you haven't worked on a project for someone, they might already have a negative opinion of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not fair in reviews as they give good reviews to people they like based on "cliques" you're in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is what it is

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    It's a good learning experience for young professionals. It's a give and take, you get the experience, but you will get worked. You will be exposed to really smart individuals and you also get to learn about the business.

    Cons

    one major downside is being overworked and underpaid, and work/life balance is not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on performance. If you are good at what you do, you should be awarded.

    No opinion of CEO

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