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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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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The variety of experience - able to work on a large range of projects for different teams in EY and different types of clients

    Cons

    The challenge lies in trying to ensure to maintain one key area of expertise given varying client demangs may mean that you do not always get to focus on one solution.

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    Enjoyed my experience there overall, but felt the accounting field was not the right fit for me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You work with hard working, intelligent people. It is great for networking because many of the people who leave E&Y do very well in their careers as they progress.

    Cons

    Some of the people are very bitter because they work long hours and have very little life outside of work. I think the work in general is very monotonous and boring until you get to a more senior level in the company, which takes avery long time.

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