Life at EY

Life at EY
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What does working at EY feel like?

Talk to anyone at EY and they’ll tell you what a rewarding place it is to work. We attract individuals from different backgrounds and cultures who — like you — bring a unique point of view and unique business skills. You’ll work with great people and will be exposed to a range of alternative perspectives, building lifelong relationships and networks. You'll also play an important part in fostering sustainable growth — helping to create the fundamentals that are vital to economic health right around the world.

Everyone’s opinion is valued. After all, diversity of thought and ideas enables us to provide better services to our clients. In return for your input and ideas, we’re committed to giving you the experiences you need to progress and develop as well as the learning and coaching to help you to excel.

For us, it’s vital you share our goals — so we can work together to achieve success.

Global mindset

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Diversity & inclusiveness

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Rewards and benefits

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We develop global professionals

We’re a global organization. Our clients operate both globally and across sectors, and we have to meet their needs seamlessly. In order to do that, we need to give you a global, borderless career experience — and not just for those EY employees on mobility, or international assignments. Whether you’re working abroad or at home with a diverse team in your home office or with a virtual team from all over the world, you’ll need a global mindset.

At EY we:

  • Cultivate a global mindset in each employee by providing the right learning, experiences and coaching
  • Enable cross-border experiences for many of our people
  • Provide strategic mobility opportunities and experiences for top talent, based on critical business needs

Beyond traveling and formal mobility programs at EY, mobility encompasses opportunities to team with colleagues and clients around the world from your home office in the US. You don’t have to travel the world to develop a global mindset. The world will come to you, and we’ll prepare you to become a global professional, no matter where your career at EY takes you.

We’ll help you get where you want to go

At EY, you’ll be provided with the experiences, training and coaching you need to be part of our high-performing teams.

You’ll be inspired to achieve your aims, both professionally and personally, while making a difference to our clients and in our communities. And you’ll be empowered to take your career in the direction you want it to go.

Find out more about the learning, experiences and coaching that will shape your development.

Drawing on everyone’s strengths

Diverse viewpoints lead to better answers. And the global workforce is becoming ever-more diverse.

As an organization with a presence worldwide, we encourage respect, integrity and teamwork in the way we work. You’ll be encouraged to think in global terms, build strong relationships and embrace diversity in all its forms.

By valuing the differences in those you work alongside you’ll find that you improve your perspective and, ultimately, provide better answers for your clients and communities.

Defining diversity and inclusiveness at EY

Watch EY employees describe how diversity and inclusiveness impact our global business and how each of us can be inclusive leaders.


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We make a difference

We want to be the organization that, whenever people join, however long they stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.

Corporate responsibility

EY - CareersCommunity engagement is an important part of that experience, but we don't simply provide an extra pair of hands. We contribute more to our communities and give our people more meaningful experiences by tapping into their professional skills and capabilities. Our people serve on not-for-profit boards, support schools, mentor underserved students, and assist high-impact entrepreneurs.

We consider community engagement a key professional development experience. For example, being a mentor or tutor for underserved youth helps professionals become more inclusive leaders. Planning and executing a volunteer event provides opportunities to build skills in project management, and joining a not-for-profit board is a way to expand and deepen one’s professional network.

Through annual employee engagement surveys, we’ve learned that employees who participate in our community engagement efforts are more engaged. This leads to longer tenure with the organization, best-in-class employee engagement, and even significantly higher performance ratings. Employees also tell us that firm-sponsored volunteer activities help them expand their networks and develop new leadership, business and cross-cultural teaming skills. Learn more.

EY alumni

EY - Careers No matter where your career takes you, you’ll find that your time at EY has done more than develop your skills and broaden your experience.

You’ll have made connections and friendships that will prove invaluable here, and throughout your career. As an EY alumnus, you’ll be offered many opportunities to stay connected with your former EY colleagues. From Connect, our alumni magazine, to our alumni website to our monthly Learning and CPE Connector to dozens of special live events and reunions — we strive to build lifelong relationships with our people.

So however your career evolves, you’ll benefit from your time with us. And if you do leave to explore other opportunities, we hope you’ll become one of the many people who rejoin, bringing valuable experience and perspectives that enrich our organization.

In exchange for meeting challenges and bringing your best to every project that comes your way, you deserve to be rewarded for your contribution to EY's success.

At EY, your Total Rewards package is more than just your pay; it also includes benefits, programs and policies that help meet the diverse needs of our people across generations, diverse abilities, personal preferences and different family size and compositions. Our Total Rewards package is one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work. We are the only one of the Big Four to be named to FORTUNE’s "100 Best Companies to Work For®" for 20 consecutive years.

Recognizing your contributions

Base pay: Your base salary compensates you for the value you bring to the firm and for meeting our everyday high expectations. We offer base pay that is externally competitive, internally equitable and tied to performance.

Variable pay: Our variable pay program rewards and recognizes you for your contributions that go above and beyond our everyday, high expectations.

  • Recognition awards including thank-you e-cards, gift cards and cash awards, acknowledge exceptional short-term efforts or results.
  • Promotion bonuses celebrate client-serving professionals when they advance to senior, manager and senior manager positions.
  • Annual bonuses provide eligible US personnel with the opportunity to earn a year-end bonus. Bonus amounts will vary based on firm performance, individual rank and individual performance.
  • Professional certification bonus and reimbursement encourages people to obtain required professional certification early in their careers.
  • Service anniversary awards recognizes and celebrates those who have a long-term relationship with EY.
  • Employee Referral Program: This program rewards employees who refer qualified candidates for certain positions. If your referral is hired and you both meet certain requirements, you may receive a cash award.

Health and welfare

We provide a choice of high-quality health care coverage:

  • Open Access Plan options
  • A high-deductible health plan with Health Savings Account (HSA) options
  • Contributions deducted from pay on a pre-tax basis
  • Infertility treatments
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) treatment for children with autism
  • Virtual health care
  • Free second opinion services for significant healthcare needs
  • Hearing aid coverage (with medical necessity)

In addition, we offer:

  • The choice of two options for eyewear: a voluntary plan, which has a monthly price tag and provides a reimbursement allowance for frames and lenses or a discount program that is available at no cost.
  • Dental coverage for preventive care and restoration services from any provider.
  • Dependent day care and health care reimbursement accounts: providing tax savings on eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses.

Savings and retirement

401(k) plan: After two full months of employment, you are eligible to participate in a 401(k) plan with multiple investment options and matching contributions, with gradual vesting on the EY matching contributions beginning with two years of service and 100% vesting after five years of service. Eligible new hires may also make a one-time $4,000 extra contribution on their second anniversary with EY (subject to vesting).

Retirement plan: helps you plan for your retirement at no cost to you, with a competitive defined benefit formula, early retirement options and lump-sum or annuity payout options.

EY Navigate™: This hybrid digital/human financial wellness service provides users with a personalized and actionable path forward to manage their financial wellness journey.

EY Money Matters: This financial planning webinar series is led by EY’s US Director of Benefits and EY Financial Planner Line® advisors. The webinars cover EY-specific retirement plans as well as financial events for every stage of life.

EY TaxChat: EY TaxChat is our on-demand, mobile tax app. The service connects eligible employees with EY tax professionals in an easy-to-use, secure online environment.

EY Student Loan: Administered by SoFi, a leading financial services provider, EY Student Loan offers solutions for repaying student loan debt, including an immediate $300 bonus incentive and lower interest rates that help you save money over the life of the loan.

EY Personal Benefits: offers savings and security through its identity theft protection program as well as discounted auto, home and pet insurance options from the nation’s top-rated insurance companies.

Mortgage referral program: helps you find financing for your home through referrals and arrangements with several lending institutions.

Promoting your health, mind and body

EY Quality of Life: offers US staff through executive director/director levels reimbursement for 75% of the cost up to $500 a year on a list of pre-approved health and wellness categories – gym memberships, exercise equipment, weight management programs, and more.

Second opinion service: 2nd.MD gives employees and their eligible dependents access to top physicians from top-rated medical institutions across the US.

EY Healthy Eating: a nutrition program that offers tips and tools for smart eating decisions when you are on the go.

We Care: offers access to counseling and support for emotional health matters, including mental health and addiction, stress-related issues, family, parenting, relationships and other personal matters.

EY Assist: offers you and your family members help with a range of personal topics including confidential consultation and referrals for family, legal, mental health, addiction and stress management issues; child, adolescent and adult/elder long-term and backup care resources and referrals; research and referrals for convenience services, including home and auto repair, pet care, dining, leisure travel, discounts and more.

Financial and legal protection

We provide a range of insurance benefits:

  • Group term life, group universal and group variable universal life insurance plans
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability income

In addition, we offer:

  • Group legal plan: for you and your immediate family to have access to local attorneys who provide a wide range of legal services.
  • Bereavement benefit plan: a lump-sum payment of four months' salary (with a minimum benefit of $50,000 net of taxes) to a surviving spouse or key adult survivor, and survivor financial counseling for a 12-month period. This payment is in addition to any life insurance through the firm.

Time off

A minimum of three weeks of vacation, with additional weeks based on your level and years of service

13 paid holidays, including four-day weekends and week-long winter and summer breaks

Three paid personal days annually

Up to 10 days (80 hours) paid time off for personal care or for when employees are unable to work due to a need to care for family members

Additional Days Off program: allows eligible employees to purchase an additional five or ten days of time off.

Family medical leave: allows individuals with at least one year of service to take unpaid family medical leave for up to 16 weeks (four more than federally required).

Parental leave: offers individuals with at least one year of service 16 weeks of paid leave for primary caregivers and two weeks for non-primary caregivers. This includes the birth, adoption, foster care or legal guardianship of a child.

Supporting your life

Pathways to Parenthood: offers family-friendly benefits for our working parents:

  • A combined $25,000 lifetime maximum benefit per family is offered to cover the cost of assisted reproductive technology procedures (i.e., in vitro fertilization), adoption and surrogacy.
  • Programs to support those transitioning to parenthood are available, including the following:
    • The Lactation Program includes lactation consultation and hospital-grade pumps, travel kits and accessories that are available at no cost to all eligible personnel and their dependents.
    • Career and Family Transitions Coaching is a coaching program to help new parents adjust to returning to work.
  • Parent support groups are available through Today’s Families network.
  • Expanded subsidized backup care is available, including up to 24 days in the first year of a child’s life and up to 12 days per year thereafter.

College Coach: assists parents, EY mentors and their college-bound children in selecting schools, preparing applications, handling interviews and paying for college.

EY Perks: enables you to shop online for nationally recognized products, services and entertainment at reduced prices.

Matching gifts: We encourage you to support higher education. The EY Foundation will match your gift, or your spouse’s or eligible same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partner’s gift, to qualifying colleges and universities in the US.

Commuter benefits: allows you to pay for eligible commuter expenses on a pre-tax basis.

Supportive career environment

Orientation: provides a comprehensive introduction to EY, with additional onboarding support during your first year.

Professional learning and development: EY is committed to providing you with the right learning, experiences, coaching and related resources to help you achieve your potential. We do this through EYU, our global learning framework. You’ll have access to leadership training, nontechnical and technical learning.

Membership in business, civic and professional organizations: Reimbursement is available for annual dues, fees and meeting expenses for certain organizations.

Professional Networks and other groups: Our professional networks provide opportunities for our people to connect with our clients, our communities and our culture.

Mobility: helps our people achieve their potential by providing diverse experiences that include working on cross-border teams; moving between service lines, industry sectors, functions and locations; and taking international assignments.

Flexibility: We encourage our people to work with their leaders and teams to support and practice day-to-day flexibility so that people have the flexibility they need to succeed in their careers and in their personal lives.

We also support formal flexible work arrangements (FWAs) for individuals who have regular, ongoing needs for flexibility. A formal FWA could be one of, or a combination of, the following:

  • Reduced or variable hours
  • Compressed workweeks
  • Short-term seasonal schedules
  • Telework, including working at home and other office locations

EY Corporate Responsibility Sabbaticals: suite of programs provides EY professionals with immersive volunteer experiences, including the following:

  • EY Community Impact. Volunteers spend one to three months advising not-for-profit organizations that support entrepreneurs, education or equity in the workplace.
  • Enterprise Growth Services. Volunteers help social-impact entrepreneurs create jobs and improve health, education and access to energy in emerging markets.
  • EY Vantage. This is a six-week volunteer program for top- performing managers, senior managers and CBS equivalents who help high-impact entrepreneurs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru (FY17) on issues impacting the business.
  • EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors. Top performers below the senior/supervising associate level across all service lines volunteer for a week-long expedition with the Earthwatch Institute to Brazil or Mexico.