EY usually has the best intentions but I feel like it's a little all over the place. The technology is dated, the policies aren't always put into practice. Sometimes I feel babied and I don't feel like I have a strong career path here but at the same time, I'm pressured to work a lot. I do think the people are sweet and genuine but I also feel like my team has hurdles with trying to keep a team together while trying to appease management.
Job Satisfaction Level
It all depends on the team, office location and position. There is constant pressure to improve a process before the process is even determined. Your hours and utilization are major pressure points. You need to remain chargeable but efficient but not too efficient or else you won't meet utilization. The pressure to maintain this balance is difficult. As a female I have no issues here but as a new mom, I don't think the company always practices what they preach. I think if you are at a senior manager level and up, it's much easier to take advantage of the policies. Any one below that, it's like you're not really welcome to the same family benefits without judgement or push back.
Management consulting, in general, is a boys club. A woman has to be able to walk into a room and take control. Of course, at that point you will be called a bitch behind your back, but at least you can hold your head up high. In Advisory Services, at senior levels, travel to multiple client sites weekly is brutal, at the same time business development and professional development activities are expected. If you have children, hire a nanny...enough said.
If you are in tax, you'll be working 7 days a week during the busy season. The total number of months you WILL NOT be able to see your family or participate in your kids' lives: 4-5 months a year. Flexible work arrangement exists, but it is hard to manage everyone's expectations. If you are a person who wants to be involved in raising your own kids and who always wants to be there for them, you won't be happy at EY. If you don't mind your kids calling your nanny "mom" and don't understand how people live their lives without live-in nanny and housemades, than yeah, you will fit in. Make your career your most important priority and you'll thrive.
Job Satisfaction Level
14 paid / 10 unpaid
If career comes first before anything else...including family
Great flexibility but you have to ask for what you need and have proven yourself to be a solid performer. I find that I either have ultimate flexibility or ultimate inflexibility depending on the time of year or project I am working on but overall I am so happy with the way I can work here.