Productive and fun workplace with amazing people working with me.
I worked at EY full-time for 2 weeks
-Good expense policy (appropriate allowances for breakfast/dinner and you can keep all rewards points for airfare, lodging, rental cars, etc). -Culture is very people oriented. Flexibility and employee work/life balance is stressed greatly by management. EY stresses the importance of taking care of one another. Great maternity / parental leave policies and very flexible work arrangements are available when you need it. I often worked remote from my wife's apartment when we were long distance. -Work life balance is awesome (don't believe the rumors, if you're a smart person and you produce good work, EY will reward you with a generous work life balance). -Vacation policy! 21 days for managers plus 3 personal days and unlimited sick days. -Most teams will work from home on Fridays when traveling -EY has a program where you can decide not to accept a blackberry and instead have EY pay your personal cell bill (up to $150 / month for managers). -Events thrown by EY are larger than life (especially the events when you're promoted to Manager, Sr Manager, or Partner). They are truly amazing experiences. -Opportunity to see many different companies across a broad range of industries -Lots of professional development opportunities -High potential for advancement. You do not have to wait for a spot to "open up" to get promoted. -HR is wonderful -EY really tries to take care of employees at an individual level. If you're unhappy, you can actual
October 2012 – Current
Ernst & Young LLP - HRSSC
Employee Services Coordinator
• Efficient and effective processing of HR administration within specified procedural and service guidelines supporting all activities relating to employment with EY, and during the leaving process.
• Deliver excellent service in line with HR processes and ensure service level agreements are achieved.
• Generate standard letters and emails to support all HR processes.
• Process all administration relating to events affecting employment during service including the production of internal communications and updating of HR systems.
• Process all administration relating to the ending of employment including production of internal communications and processing of final payments.
• Case manage maternity cases.
• Liaise with the Payroll & Benefits team to ensure consistency of processing and eradication of errors.
• Maintain an up to date knowledge of current EY HR policy and process developments.
• Ensure compliance with the firms' policies, best HR practice and employment legislation at all times.
• Dealing with payroll queries generated via the payroll audit reports.
• Action weekly housekeeping reports to ensure accuracy of data on HR systems, and to take appropriate actions identified within reports.
• Processing reference requests for post employment, mortgage, tenancy and work permits for EY UK staff.
• Managing the EY references inbox and HR online forms submitted for all reference requests.
Enjoy the variety of the work this role offers. Also the ability to work on own initiative as well as working as part of a larger team.
A day at EY is extremely busy supporting up to 13 Directors in a remote capacity. This would include extensive diary management, booking travel, liaising with both team members and external clients. Arranging meetings and making sure their day runs as smoothly as possible. It's imperative in this role that you prioritise work effectively to manage the Directors expectations to deliver a pofessional and proficient service. Reliability is also key to this role as the turnaround of work needs to be delivered in a timely manner.
I learned that communication is key in a role where you have to work remotely from your Directors and that good rapport needs to be built up quickly in order to gain the trust and to provide the best possible service to your Directors.
Management can sometimes be difficult as most work remotely from the team and Team Leaders are not always accessible. This means a lot of self management, which is not a problem with someone with my experience but not ideal for all personnel.
Co- workers very supportive and helpful to all members and work hard to make sure as a team we deliver an excellent service for our Directors and standards are high.
As we work as a team flexibility is not always an option and this can be difficult at times when you are trying to find a work/life balance.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the variety it provides in terms of the work we do and working with a team of co-workers that are always willing to help and support yo
ProsVariety of the workload and working within a team environment
ConsFlexibility and office relocaction which requires me to look for alternative employment.
Professional work enviroment, Flexibility at work, Great place to work
My typical day at work included:
• Maintenance and ownership of a number of departmental controls and records
• Project management of tax compliance engagements including planning, scheduling work, coordinating and
communicating to teams, managing any changes to schedule, keeping teams updated etc.
• Managed client teams on strategic projects, including planning and scheduling of work, liaising and coordinating teams in different locations, both in the UK and overseas offices
• Acted as first point of contact for non-tax technical queries
• Led negotiation meetings with clients and HMRC on claims standard correspondence
• Oversee client engagement and disengagement process
• Led and facilitated regular meetings with Partners, Directors and other stakeholders within EY on projects
• Managed deadlines and ensured timely delivery, qualified and prioritised projects
• Analysed and presented management reports, including weekly trend analysis and cost management
• Management of information / records received, filing and general departmental assistance, such as annual tax
return requests, client chasing letters, drafting of fees etc.
• Worked virtually with our UK based Client Account Teams and the off shore teams in India (Global Delivery Services GDS)
• Managed internal and external SLAs and delivery
• Acted as Quality and Risk Management coordinator for the team to ensure relevant authority is proactively acquired, managed and corrected
ProsFlexible hours, Pension and additional benefits, great work culture and career growth
•a typical day at work
Varies from day to day! in my role, we have to multitask and work to tight and conflicting timescales and deadlines. You never know what urgent tasks are going to come in from one day to the next! A typical day would consist of processing offer letters and acceptances, arranging relocation for foreign nationals, processing paperwork for CoS applications. Setting joiners up on the payroll and IT systems. Arranging new joiners inductions. I have the busiest service line to action, and do this efficiently and effectively in addition to supporting the team coach/manager in numerous adhoc tasks and requests
•what you learned
Working for such a corporate environment I have learnt to communicate in a way which is suited to all levels of staff. I find I conduct myself in a friendly professional manner, both on the phone and face to face, or over email. this environment has helped me be able to prioritise my workload and work to a consistently high standard as you would expect from such a professional company.
Management style varies between team, but generally quite good... although, in my opinion, managers often lose focus on the importance of staff morale.
Great bunch of people! we all pull together supporting each other through busy periods.
•the hardest part of the job
•the most enjoyable part of the job
The variety of people I liase with on a daily bases.
My time at EY allowed me to develop professionally and personally, and I really enjoyed my role and building strong relationships with both my colleagues and clients.
I learnt so much in my 4 years there, acquiring and developing skills for both the workplace and my personal life. My favourite parts of my role was the responsibility we were given to manage projects and our own time. Workplace flexibility was also an important value at EY which I felt created a dynamic workplace and helped to motivate employees. Management were considerate of their employees and worked hard to ensure that everyone could benefit from the development opportunities available to us.
My typical day at work would involve speaking to clients and providing them with advice to their solutions, communicating with our overseas network in order to propose solutions to client issues, research, internal meetings around ongoing projects and upcoming opportunities, and usually work on excel in terms of fees, financial management and budgeting.
The hardest part of the job was learning what work to prioritise in busy periods, but this is something that I got better at over time and would always keep my managers or clients updated around deadlines and when things would be delivered.
ProsFlexible working, lots of client interaction, responsibility and autonomy
ConsOften required to work long hours, without adequate remuneration for additional hours
- Good package - Remote & Flexible working - Excellent technology to support role - Inclusive environment. Diversity and Inclusivity are embraced - Employees (once proven) are given a lot of autonomy in how the role is performed - Global mindset. Everyone accepts the benefits of working across multiple timezones
- Many UK roles (especially in global functions) are moving to cheaper labour centers - Vast salary disparities for people in similar roles/ranks - Global functions are heavily US centric - Progression often relies on personal networks rather than ability - Disregard for any function that is not generating revenue (e.g. Process Improvement. - Real lack of any support to retrain/relocate individuals into new roles, should their role be eliminated.
Advice to Management
Stop trying to fix something that isn't broken. My last few years at EY saw one initiative after another being launched as the 'Silver Bullet' to successful Technology development (e.g. Product Management, Agile development, centralisation of resources in an operations function). The amount of change was crazy and was impossible to keep pace with. Also take a long hard look at the internal recruitment function. We live in an ever changing world, and re-organisation is inevitable, however there is a lot of high-performing talent falling out the organisation as a consequence. I really enjoyed my time at EY and would have loved to stay and help. Sadly it did not happen.
A very demanding work place (be prepared to having to work till the early hours of the morning and weekends sometimes only without the investment banking kind of bonuses) where your career progression can be seriously compromised if you are not good at playing the political game (I thought I had joined a meritocratic company not a political party!).
For those wanting to play the straight-forward game of doing your job to the best of your ability and avoid getting involved in back-stabbing and making others look bad so you look good it's not good news..
These latter type of people are mostly given boring and unchallenging work or work that in any case if you do well you may get a "cheers / thanks for that" (but won't make you stand out in any shape or form) but on the other hand if you do it even slightly wrong you get portrayed in the worst possible light and might put you through a disciplinary process for not performing at the expected level for your grade.
However, those good at politics and allying themselves with influencial people have a sure career progression ahead of them even if not particularly good, from a techinical or soft skills point of view, at their job and would therefore strongly reccomend you apply for a job with this firm, you won't regret it.
ProsThey don't fire people unless they really have to
The Smart Futures internship at this Professional Services firm was phenomenal with valuable skills gained and extremely beneficial relationships developed. Great environment for professional networking, especially for students like myself whom have little experience in corporate environments.
The 3 week internship itself was a combination of several workshops intended to develop a wide variety of skills from presenting to a panel of partners to taking minutes at meetings. The third week was, in my opinion, the pivotal learning experience. Each intern spent the said week in a division within the firm where we were given the chance to see what it would be like to work on a real life projects. My division was Strategy, Performance Improvement in Advisory and my co workers - a consultant, senior consultant and senior manager were all amazing to work with,
Some of the tasks were quite challenging but they ultimately helped us to push ourselves and improve our skills further so no complaining there. The most enjoyable part of the experience would have to be the opportunities given in terms of networking; for students doing first year A levels, a chance to dine with a partner of the firm and a high profile client is exquisite.
ProsNetworking oppurtunities, training, work ethics, company culture
Our offices are open plan which makes for a very approachable and connected working environment. We have flexible working hours with of 8 hours a day; however, most employees work 12 to 13 hour days on most occasions.
My technical knowledge, ability to team and to lead has grown in leaps and bounds. I have learned to work under tight deadlines in a stressful environment and with difficult clients successfully.
Our ultimate goal to consistently provide Exceptional Client Service.
Self development is highly encouraged and there are endless opportunities which energises employees and makes for a happy and positive culture.
Dealing with a new client and new engagement in terms of the kind of work you previously were involved in. One needs to learn very quickly in how to handle the new client and to grasp the technical aspects of the work to be provided. This usually results in many hours spent outside normal working hours and over weekends to prep and reach the standard required in order to deliver Exceptional Client Service.
Meeting new people from across the world and constantly learning something new everyday.
ProsSelf development and growth
ConsNot compensated for hours above 8 hours a day.
I am in one of the smallest consulting departments in EY (M&A) which happens to also be one of the highest profit centres due to the scale of projects. However, my pay does not correspond with this as most of the fees will obviously be pocketed by the profit-sharing partners. I have no problem with this but what I consistently find absolutely demeaning is that the partners and managers expect you to give it your all in each engagement yet feel the need to make it very difficult to ask to claim for any of the overtime hence making you the equivalent of a corporate slave and that stems from the fact that there is a big gap between the manager's expectation of work turnaround and your ability to deliver.
This comes at a more stirring time when our already very small department has suffered ridiculously high turnover rates towards the end of 2020, leaving a lot of the remaining seniors to have to pick up the slack in double time and at half the manpower than we had. Our pay has also been adjusted downwards due to the pandemic.
As much as our partners refuse to see to our concerns, the high turnover really boils down to the truly questionable managerial capabilities of many of the managers who abuse their power in some very insidious ways. In particular, I've recently had one who refused to pull her weight in an engagement and expected me to work on the entire project alone and be at her beck and call whenever. Her entitlement made me resent my job as I suffered alone while she
• Reengineered the process for importing data files from various locations, which reduced the processing time taken by about 70%. • Captured and forma
• Reengineered the process for importing data files from various locations, which reduced the processing time taken by about 70%.
• Captured and formatted financial statements of 90+ Fortune companies belonging to13 different industries from the SEC EDGAR database.
• Gathered XBRL based Business Requirements for developing intelligent financial Accounting agent.
• Authored System Requirements document, Use Case Specifications, Systems Requirement Specification (SRS), System Requirement Change Request, Data Dictionary along with the technical staff and developers.
• Developed Business Model (data/object/network/process) describing future state to-be environment.
• Supported and assisted Developers (JAVA, JSP) and QA in developing Quality Control (QC) test plans and test scripts, as well as supporting and assisting clients in all testing phases through UAT.
• Monitored all milestones, SOP’s and project statistics, such as defect rate and severity of the project.
• Reported defects in a defect tracking system with the use of an extensive XBRL taxonomy, communicated the defects to the developers and/or included it in the systems limitation report.
• Conducted systems evaluation, submitted the system maintenance/ enhancement/ scalability reports and systems limitation reports as the final deliverable.
• Project results were submitted for consideration at the 35th annual Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Sciences.
• Achieved an increased understanding and stan
A typical day at work involved having a brief catch up with my group leader (Asia Pacific Private Equity Leader) to discuss the weeks work in progress and what needed to be completed and then working on those tasks in order of priority and urgency. Tasks could include overseas/domestic travel arrangements or creating itineraries for a client roadshow or important trips, client team meeting preparation and execution (creating agendas/action items), managing partners (three) calendars and monitoring emails, making sure partners are getting to meetings on time and action any outstanding tasks were a typical part of my daily routine.
I learned that I worked well at multitasking different projects including completing different partners specific and demanding requests and making sure I prioritized and was timely on my completion. I also learned that the best way to juggle so many tasks is to put these tasks in order of high to low priority and take it one step at a time as I worked in a very fast-paced environment with the responsibility of three very demanding partners.
Due to an increased transaction workload, the team grew exponentially from about 20 to 40 in about a year and a half. As a result of this growth, we were short on administrative assistance and the pressure on me and my workload increased significantly for a while until we hired another assistant. In the meantime though, I was likable and always helpful and knowledgeable on everything EY related so most of th
Like the other Big 4 public accounting firms, EY is a great place for a budding accountant fresh out of college to start their careers. You can gain exposure to a large number of industries and clients, each facing their own unique issues that EY has to help resolve. There are a ton of great resources to learn from; there literally seems to be an expert in every possible aspect of accounting working at the firm. The company's management is also very supportive of workplace flexibility, although this mindset varies from team to team. However, working here is definitely not without its faults.
As a client serving organization, expectations are set extremely high for employees and there is always a deadline to meet, often times conflicting. Busy seasons are brutal and just when you think it's all over, another client might be facing a new issue and you're working on a new deadline again. Things come up all the time and you always feel on call 24/7. There is a definite feeling of a lack of work-life separation and that can really wear on you over time.
While most people are very supportive here and want to help you succeed in your careers as it makes their lives easier the better you are at your job as well, there will also be times when you don't see eye to eye with a fellow colleague and still be forced to work together on a project. You won't always get along with everyone you work with and you can't choose who you get to work with either. Perhaps the most frustrating aspe
ProsLots of Knowledge about the Industry, Great Resources, Resume Builder, Flexibility Promoted
ConsLong Hours, Very Demanding Profession, High Stress Work Environment
SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV), a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Ltd. (EY), is the largest multidisciplinary professional services firm in the Philippines since 1946. The firm is packed with CPA top-notchers, exceptional professionals as well as talented individuals.
Being a Transaction Support professional, it is a must to keep myself up-to-date with the current news and SGV-information center assists us by sending daily news update organized per industry. We also have access to various external resources such as S&P Capital IQ, mergermarket, and Business Monitor International to help us develop our insights as we deliver advice to our clients. As an associate director, it is my obligation to manage my team in order to maximize engagement efficiency, quality, and profitability. I always keep a list of my "To Dos" at the start of the work, after I refresh myself with the current news. This helps me breakdown those requiring urgent attention until the least important matters.
For every project I am engaged with, I see to it that I have a good understanding of the client's objectives and the target's business overview. In Transactions Advisory Services, we are composed of different professionals not just CPAs. These professionals really come in handy whenever we need to consult for a special matter.
I really love to put things in a very orderly and organized manner so that tasks will be achieved smoothly. I ensure that I deliver the right information to
Do not work here! Toxic culture, below market pay.
I have been working at ey for under a year and I have not enjoyed one minute of it. Firstly, when I was hired I was told that my salary was nonnegotiable which I later found out was a lie from colleagues who were hired. When you are first hired they will make it seem like you are in control of your career and that you have flexibility to work on multiple different engagements that will benefit your career, that is not true at all. If you are not on a project, your experience manager will pressure you to get on a project, regardless of if it has anything to do with your previous experience or interests. I think most of this stems from the experience managers not knowing about what the different engagements actually entail. I have had various conversations with the experience managers and they literally have no idea of the certifications that I hold or the experience that I have, which doesn’t make sense considering the fact that they determine which project you should be assigned to. The culture at ey sucks, managers have this idea that they can use the staff as they please and pretty much assign any task to you. When you are assigned to a project as a staff or senior staff you don’t get assigned a specified set of tasks, you are pretty much there to do whatever the manager tells you to. This is unfair because there is no limit on what is right and wrong. I literally have had managers tell me to lie, and do things that I was completely uncomfortable doing. The funny thing is,
EY is a place with family atmosphere, Enjoyed initiating new programs for staff health and benefit plans for employees
With a bouquet of administrative things handled my previous one gave me immense pleasure in organising programs self handedly.
Arranged for free health camps to check 700 employees BP, Diabetes, Blood count. Took up many measure weekly to ensure they think about their health and reduce their stress.
I was in charge of arranging free bus transport to pick up employees from home to work, this area was 10 kms distance from office to residences of employees. Employees concentrated staying in the city and hence this plan was successful and appreciated by everyone. Dubai summer which crosses 50 deg celcius, smaller bus shuttled from parking area to office, a radius of 5 kms once every hour. Even the higher management would use the bus to avoid walking in the scortching Dubai heat.
Hardest part of the job was to reconcile the medical insurance plan for all employees. I had spotted 17 cases that were reduntant and premium for those were being paid even after the employees resigned a year back.
Management gave us opportunity to manage drivers, I chaired the committee to hear their complaints and bring out solutions for their better professional career. Organised a sponsored body check up for drivers to ensure they are not suffering any disease to ensure they are capable of driving the top management bosses for long distances every day for meetings. Also encouraged them to participate in jobs out of their profile like helping around in a conference with distribution of p
ProsFree air ticket provision yearly for self and spouse and children to all employees
My final grading "***" is simply not to affect the good professionals working in the organisation. My grading would have been a "**"
My experience in this company, over the ten years, varies from working with a highly executive team in the ITS department, to a painful experience at the Global Delivery Network. ITS, International Tax Services, Transfer Pricing, had good executive management and highly trained and skillful managers, where workload was huge in terms of administrative tasks, but where enthusiasm and leadership encouraged a large team of professionals to do their best and developed a high-performance team.
The salaries at the company are significantly lower than for similar positions in other companies, some times much much lower, setting their trained bilingual employees salaries at the same level as surveillance guards or cleaning personnel, etc.
The administrative functions for the company as a whole (HHRR, GENERAL SERVICES, others) lack good professional organisation and standards. Ranks and salaries are managed discretionally, at least for the administrative functions and separately from each other. A rank does not imply a salary or salary range..., they express. A non-bilingual and unskilled clerk might have a much higher salary than other qualified and bilingual employees with good performance. The performance appraisal system for administrative assistants is unprofessional and twisted according to political needs/binds, personal preferences, and
This review is specifically for the Consulting role.
For most people, the main pull of this job is going to be job advancement. While the firm pays a lot of lip service to promoting based on performance over tenure, this isn't entirely true. In practice, there are still a minimum amount of time they want you to spend in each role. Only the absolute top performers (think culture coin) are able to get around this. Additionally, this timeline is changing and can be longer depending on who you roll up to. So, while your area might think it should take 3 years minimum to the next level, other areas will promote at 2 years.
The travel aspect of the role is worse in practice than it is on paper. You may think at the travel percentage and think that it is manageable. Make sure to take into consideration that 4 days before your flight, you might not know when or where you traveling to.
You truly must like travelling for work. This is different than normal travel. You will be in a crowded room with your team until most of the employees at the client have left. You are then typically encouraged to go to a team dinner. This can frequently result in you leaving your hotel at 8AM and not getting back until 9PM. This must be something you WANT to do. I was initially neutral on travelling for work, but I gradually began to hate it as time went on.
Other notes: The type of projects you will be on a largely out of your control. Where you are travelling for you projects are largely out o
ProsExpensing meals while traveling, job advancement (typically)
ConsTravel, uncertainty, work life balance
Questions and answers about EY
How does someone get hired at EY? What are the steps along the way?
Asked 10 May 2017
Submission of CV to career portal, online interview, and phone interview
Answered 18 Sept 2018
Job reference ,Job portals
Answered 2 Jan 2018
Can you work remotely at EY?
Asked 3 Mar 2019
To secure a challenging position in a reputable organisation to expand my learnings, knowledge and skills.
Answered 13 Jun 2020
Yes, you can work from home when needed
Answered 6 Aug 2019
Are the pre employment tests job specific or psychometric ?
Asked 18 Oct 2017
Specific to their work place as well as current investors.
Answered 7 Sept 2018
Psychometric is the disguise they use
Answered 11 Jun 2018
How did you feel about telling people you worked at EY?
Asked 19 May 2017
The staff as I have said are welcoming, they constantly offer a helping hand when needed and you never feel alone. The hours can be flexible such with lunch etc. They provide a wide range of different opportunities and if needed an opinion to help grow into a different path for the future.
Answered 7 Sept 2018
They make your day full of joy and love finished with a group song of togetherness with the love of your fellowman