tax Job Reviews
Women who work in tax departments have an overall job satisfaction level of 3.5, 46.2% of them believe there is gender equality in their firms, and make an average salary range of $80k-$100k.
Maternity and working parent policies are very good; the negatives of the job are industry standard (long hours, busy seasons, juggling clients, etc.)
Things are fine for women in the early years, but once you've gotten to a certain point, you either have to play like the boys to get ahead or be satisfied being topped out.
I've worked at EY for almost 7 years. I think the CPA requirement should be more lenient for manager promotion since studying while having kids around is tough and I've seen other women leave the firm for this reason. Generally I think women and men are treated equally, but this depends on who you work with. In some areas you are expected to work many more hours than most jobs which is tough to do with kids as well. Raises often depend on ratings and how many hours you worked during you the year almost always comes up in these discussions. I think the amount of hours required should be made more reasonable in that aspect since it really should be about the work you do, not the hours you worked when you are salary. Partners tend to be more male than female and few minorities. I believe the reason for that goes back to the current partners controlling how promotions and raises happen and more minorities should be involved in choosing the requirements. Overall, it is a good job with lots of flexibility when it comes to when you work your hours. I do recommend working here, but definitely expect a challenge when it comes to work-life balance.
Generally women are treated fairly. During busy season everyone works really hard, but when work slows down, there is a lot of flexibility. Maternity leave is 2 weeks of waiting period+6 fully paid weeks+2 weeks at 80% of salary+2 weeks at 60% of salary. I will take the full 12 weeks soon and I'll update this comment as appropriate.
It really is a great company, LOTS of flexibility
The flexibility and maternity leave are great, but if you take the time, be prepared to pay with your career progression. Also, unless you are a partner, the flexibility can be somewhat of an illusion. I worked there for almost 8 years and after coming back from maternity leave it was hard to take time for my family and feel like it was accepted. There is definitely harsh judgment from male and sometimes even female colleagues if the full maternity leave is taken.
There are a lot of opportunities for women to succeed
Morale depends on the department you are in. Generally I believe women are treated fairly but management is male-dominated and not diverse. Mid-level women don't seem to advance because of these subtle issues.
There is a bit of a boys club feel here (e.g., partners take male staff out to strip clubs...). The official firm stance is clearly supportive but this does not always play out in day to day life.