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Introduction

EY is one of the prestigious Big 4 accounting firms. It offers endless career development opportunities, including coaching, mentoring, training, web-based learning, and experience working with multinational clients. DE&I are core to EY’s DNA. EY is extremely transparent about its diversity goals and progress, and has been named a best employer for diversity.

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Featured Rankings

Vault Accounting 50...


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Major Office Locations

Birmingham, AL...


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Employment Contact

Herbert Harriott - Human Resources Director...

Firsthand Findings

One of the prestigious Big 4 accounting firms, EY runs a competitive recruiting process, looking to recruit the best and the brightest college graduates. Ideally, the organization is looking for hardworking candidates with strong technical skills and superior communications skills. EY offers many career development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring, extensive formal training and web-based learning, experience working with multinational clients on global teams, and a variety of mobility programs. You will work hard at EY. Busy season hours can be quite long, although as your career progresses, your schedule typically becomes more manageable. Salaries and benefits are adequate, and the firm receives good marks for its diversity practices and corporate responsibility ac...

About the Company

Ernst & Young LLP is a member firm of Big 4 accounting legend EY, a global organization of member firms formally known as Ernst & Young Global Limited. Ernst & Young LLP, which serves clients in the U.S., offers advisory, assurance, tax, and transaction advisory services, and its industry specializations include consumer products; financial services (asset management, banking and capital markets, private equity, and insurance); real estate (construction and hospitality and leisure); life sciences (biotechnology, medical technology, and pharmaceutical); media and entertainment; mining and metals; technology; automotive; telecommunications; oil and gas; power and utilities; cleantech; government and public sector; provider care; retail and wholesale; and support of entrepreneurial businesses. In 2021, EY ranked No. 3 on &l...

Employee Reviews


  • “Worst part is the demand for more hours. Best part is the satisfaction for being able to help clients.”
  • “I work really hard and do a good job, but I never have to work more hours than I need to in order to get my job done. There is no ‘empty time’ waiting for my boss to leave. I do what I do well and take however long it takes to get it done. Sometimes that requires long hours, but it’s never as bad as busy season audit hours. I travel some but usually only a couple of days a month. I don't really have any major quality of life issues other than it might be nice to have more vacation.”
  • “Outstanding culture—people are our biggest asset.”
  • “It would be nice to have better dental and vision plans, but overall I am happy with what the organization offers.”
  • “It would always be nice to get paid more, but I think I get paid pretty well. It might be nice to have more vacation or other perks, but that stuff isn't super important to me.”
  • “The compensation may be low at first, but the growth can be significant. You are expected to lead and supervise relatively quickly. You get to interact with many levels of management.”
  • “It was nice when we had in-house people coming and training us on core programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Also, classes on project management, time management, etc., would be nice. Pop-up trainings with very little warning for planning are not helpful if you have something else already scheduled such as a project or conference call.”
  • “Coaching and mentoring are offered, in addition to formal training and web-enabled learning. A lot of opportunities to grow.”
  • “I feel great about my career development overall. I know that I was held back from getting promoted early because I would have been paid too much (I came in earning more than most of my peers because of previous experience). But I basically function as the next level, so it doesn't matter too much to me. I am fine with the rigid promotion structure based on years of experience. More informally, I have been given great opportunities to work on really interesting projects and activities. I feel like what I want actually matters.”
  • “I have been afforded the opportunity to transfer from audit to fraud investigations.”
  • “I think the firm does a great job with embracing people’s diversity when it comes to sexual orientation, but I think the firm still has room for growth with respect to how someone wants to express themselves through, say, hair color or dress. For instance, I am not sure I would be embraced if I showed up to work with blue hair or anything different than the ‘norm.’”
  • “The main partner I work for is a woman, and I sometimes think that she is at a disadvantage because of it. She has worked hard to get a lot of power and respect in our group, but I still think there is a little bit of an old boys' club atmosphere that results in her getting the blame for things that are not her fault. I work with a lot of other women, and I hope that they advance along with me in a fair and equitable manner—we'll see, the jury's still out on that. I know that in recruiting and staffing, we try to be diverse, but I still work with a lot of white people (and more Asians than African-Americans), so it would be nice to see more racial diversity. But I don't know if that is an issue with my firm or with the industry in general. We have a few LGBT individuals that are comfortable expressing that publicly, but I still think there is a bit of a hostile environment towards people with different lifestyles that might make others less comfortable.”
  • “Overall, I think the Big 4 are the Big 4, and I think EY is pretty strong. So, with EY’s culture being so much better than other firms, I don't really worry about business outlook. I do have some concerns about leadership. Overall leadership is strong, but I have seen instances where people in leadership roles are looking for others to blame when things go wrong rather than admitting their own mistakes. I think that probably happens everywhere, but I would feel even more confident in leaders who took responsibility for things rather than trying to blame others. Morale is good in my group, but it's hard to speak for the firm overall.”
  • “It was summer. A little slow for public accounting. But being in a smaller office, I got plenty of exposure to 6/30 year-ends. Also, EY has the International Intern Leadership Conference in Orlando, which was a good experience.”
  • “Great. I did a winter internship that was very involved during busy season.”

  • “As an intern, I was treated like a full-time professional. I worked for seven weeks on the audit engagement of a large asset management client, and had frequent interaction with client personnel. Although my team was large and very top-heavy, there was a very open-door policy with all members of the team. I had no qualms about asking questions, and people were generally very happy to teach me and coach me. Overall, it was a great experience, and I was happy to accept a full-time offer.”

  • “It was the most enjoyable way to see if you like the organization and work. Of course, they make it as fun as possible with social events, because they spent so much money on you. But we actually did work, and it reaffirmed that I want to be an auditor for the next few years.”

Getting Hired Here


  • “I think our recruiters do a pretty good job overall. I just know that when I was in college, none of the Big 4 firms gave me full-time job offers. They were blatantly wrong for doing so since I had the best grades at my school, get along well with others, work hard, and have since been extremely successful working in accounting advisory. So without being too arrogant, I can say that they made mistakes, which makes me wonder whether they are focusing on the right qualities for candidates. I have seen a little bit of that since I worked here—where we’ve hired candidates that have what looks like good experience but end up being kind of useless at their jobs.”
  • “Mostly things about what I was interested in—no stupid ‘tough’ questions intended to test or trick me.”

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