New York, 5 April 2016

EY ranks No. 1 in accounting for the 9th consecutive year on 2016 Universum US Talent Survey

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For the ninth consecutive year, college students ranked Ernst & Young LLP No. 1 in accounting on the 2016 Universum US Talent Survey. The firm was also No. 5 among business majors—the highest ranked of the Big Four. More than 72,000 students at more than 359 leading universities participated in the 2016 survey, responding to questions about their career expectations and how they perceive organizations as employers. The recognition highlights Ernst & Young LLP’s favorable reputation as an employer of choice in the US.

”Our purpose at EY is to build a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities,” said Carolyn Slaski, EY Americas Vice Chair – Talent. “To fulfill that purpose, we have built a distinctive culture that helps us attract, develop and empower future leaders. We are incredibly proud of this ranking, because it means that students recognize all the ways EY is committed to supporting and developing them, while delivering an exceptional experience that helps them achieve a lifetime of success, both professionally and personally.”

Universum surveys students every year, asking them questions about their career expectations, how they perceive employers and what employers they would most like to work for. Students were asked to list 5 ideal employers based on criteria such as people and culture, reputation and image, job characteristics (e.g., variety of assignments, challenging work, flexibility), and monetary compensation and advancement. Being purpose-driven, work-life balance and job security were among students’ highest-priority judging criteria, and were among the characteristics that placed EY in the top position again this year.

“We work hard to communicate what makes our culture, our purpose and a career at EY unique through a multitude of touch points with students, but there is no better way to do that than by giving them a chance to build relationships with our people,” said Dan Black, EY Americas Recruiting Leader. “This recognition is the result of our campus recruiting team working with EY leaders and thousands of client serving professionals to give students an authentic view into life at EY and the tremendous global career opportunities we offer.”

Ernst & Young LLP offers many programs and initiatives that contribute to its leading reputation on campuses for developing top talent. Most recently, Ernst & Young LLP launched its EY Student Loan Program, which offers solutions for repaying student loan debt, including an immediate $300 bonus and lower interest rate refinancing that saves money over the lifetime of the loan. The program is available to all EY US professionals and can be used for either undergraduate or graduate student loan debt. Currently, more than 915 EY professionals are participating in EY’s Student Loan Program, and are realizing thousands of dollars in savings.

Additional EY campus recruiting programs include:

Emerging Leaders Summit (ELS) – This two-and-a-half day summit will be held June 22-24, 2016, in Washington, D.C., convening 275 students from across the Americas for presentations and workshops on a variety of topics as well as interactive case studies. The conference is hosted for students in their freshmen to junior years who have demonstrated leadership potential both academically and personally.

International Intern Leadership Conference – EY will host its signature International Intern Leadership Conference for the 20th consecutive year August 2-5, 2016, in Orlando, FL. This year the organization expects nearly 3,900 interns to participate from 25 different countries, up from 3,600 students last year. Interns participate in classroom learning, team building and experiential activities, and hear from senior EY leaders. – EY’s digital property,, brings the EY experience to life through informative infographics, vivid photography, dozens of videos and more. The site offers recruits vignettes on EY’s culture, its global reach and opportunities, its career development framework and its corporate responsibility initiatives, including international corporate volunteerism programs. It also provides an interactive exercise that shows career paths by major and areas of interest so visitors can find the right role for themselves and picture themselves working at EY. Additionally, it supports the recruiting process by detailing what characteristics EY looks for in candidates.

Global Student Experience – Launched in 2011, this EY internship program offers overseas assignments for high-performing interns. Participants start their internship in the US and spend four weeks abroad at another EY member firm location within the organization’s global network, before returning to the US to complete their experience. Participants include both US students going abroad and international students coming to the US. In 2015, the program included more than 80 participants and 12 host countries (Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, UK and the US).

Global New Horizons Program – The Global New Horizons Program is a three-month international rotation opportunity for professionals early in their EY careers. Its goal is to empower junior professionals to experience geographic mobility early in their careers and expand their global mindset. The Americas program links people so that they can team internationally on high-profile clients and/or contribute to emerging markets. The number of participants has tripled since the program's inception in 2011. This year, the Americas were able to place and/or receive 62 professionals in 25 different countries. That’s up from 21 countries participating in the 2015 program. In addition to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Venezuela and the US, this will be the first year that Malaysia, Poland and Vietnam are participating in the Americas program.

To learn more about EY’s awards and recognitions or for more information about EY’s campus recruiting efforts, visit:


About Universum

Universum is the global leader in employer branding, providing end-to-end solutions that empower organizations to become better at attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent. Founded in 1988, Universum’s mission is to create the best match between employers and potential employees by providing knowledge, guidance and actionable insights. The company gathers and analyzes insights about the career expectations of 700,000 students and young professionals annually in more than 30 countries, and serves as a trusted partner to 1,200 clients globally, including many Fortune 500 companies. With its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Universum is a privately held company with offices in 12 countries.

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