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EY Australia

3.8
  • > 100,000 employees
  • Accounting & Advisory
  • Government & Public Service
  • Technology

What it does: One of the ‘Big Four’ global professional services organisations  

Staff stats: 284,000 spread across more than 700 offices in 150 countries

The good bits: Opportunities to learn, network, grow and move around within a huge company

The not so good bits: Long hours, especially during busy periods, bureaucracy

Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Law & Legal Studies; Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Medical & Health Sciences; Property & Built Environment; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare.

The EY story

What’s now EY started off in 1849 with the founding of Harding & Pullein in England. Since then what’s now EY has gone through several iterations. In 1989, Ernst & Whinney, a descendant of Harding & Pullein and the world’s fourth-largest accountancy firm, merged with the world’s fifth-largest accountancy firm, Arthur Young, to create Ernst & Young. (In 2013 the name got shortened to EY).    

EY’s main service lines are assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. In contrast to its three major competitors, EY is not centrally managed. Rather it is organised into four regions: EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa), Americas, Asia-Pacific and Japan. Each region has the same business structure and its own Area Managing Partner. EY believes this arrangement allows it to more effective service its global clientele.

The company has annual revenues in the neighbourhood of US$30 billion. It now numbers among its clients the Pope, who hired the firm in 2013 to help sort out the Vatican’s finances.

The culture

In 2019, EY came in at number nine on GradAustralia’s list of Top 100 Graduate Employers. Over the years, EY has won a trophy cabinet worth of awards for being a great place to work from publications such as Forbes, BusinessWeek, Fortune and ComputerWorld. It’s also been lavished with recognition for its initiatives to further gender equality, disability inclusion and LGBTI advocacy.

In 2018, EY Australia won employer of the year at the annual Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) awards and is now listed as a Platinum Employer.

Social contribution

EY has a well-earned reputation as a good corporate citizen. It backs programs such as Entrepreneurial Winning Women and Strategic Growth Forum that, respectively, provide encouragement to high-potential female entrepreneurs and facilitate entrepreneurs from around the world meeting up to share their experiences. It also supports education and mentorship programs and environmental efforts. EY’s people are encouraged to engage in skills-based volunteering with this classified as a “key professional development experience”.

The recruitment process

You’ll require a bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline with at least a pass average. EY recruits students from many different degree backgrounds including accounting and finance, business, commerce, economics, engineering, IT and information systems, law and science. Those with psychology and HR degrees are encouraged to apply for the People Advisory Services team.

The process begins by going to the company website to fill out an online application and undertake cognitive and behavioural testing. The next step is to attend an assessment centre to undertake a group activity and interview. (Expect to have to deal with case-study scenarios and demonstrate industry knowledge). Before applying you will need to choose to work in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin or Sydney.

Remuneration

Remuneration is on par with the other ‘Big Four’ graduate programs, with salaries in the $50-70,000 range. There are attractive leave arrangements, including generous parental leave, the ability to purchase up to six weeks of extra annual leave and the option to take three months’ unpaid leave to enjoy a ‘career break’. There are flexible working arrangements and discounts on an extensive range of goods and services. EY will pay for or subsidise training and professional memberships. It also has a well-resourced health and wellbeing program that includes free flu shots and cheap gym memberships.

Career prospects

Senior people are encouraged to mentor less experienced people and there’s no shortage of formal and on-the-job training. Although you’ll have to stay in Australia for the duration of your graduate program, there are opportunities to work with people from around the world. Given the size of the business, there are always job opportunities coming up both domestically and internationally. EY sees its greatest asset being “high-performing teams”. If you’re a high performer you can expect to rise through the ranks from a graduate, to senior manager to partner.    

The vibe of the place

Being one of 284,000 people in one of the world’s largest businesses means you have to deal with bureaucracy. That noted, EY does what it can to make its people feel valued, in particular by providing the training and coaching they need to advance their careers. It’s a high-performance culture but teamwork is encouraged and most people find the workplace friendly and supportive.

Overall satisfaction rating among grad employees: 3.8 stars

From the Employer:

Why choose your organisation? 

The future is an exciting place. Could you answer the questions of tomorrow, today?

As technology transforms the way we all live and work, your success will be defined by your mindset as well as your skillset.

When you have the right mindset, you are better able to adapt, lead and manage through change. The right mindset puts you in control of your growth, career path and future as you continue to learn and acquire new skills. Your curiosity, open-mindedness and enthusiasm will help to shape your future and ours.

Here at EY, you'll focus your intelligence and imagination on the most crucial, complex issues facing business, government, and society today. With access to on-demand learning, formal training, coaching and real time feedback to help shape your career and prepare you for the future.

We bring extraordinary people, like you, together to build a better working world.

What can candidates expect in your recruitment

In today's world, technical skills are evolving faster than ever, as is the rate at which they become irrelevant or obsolete. Due to that, it's increasingly less about what you know and more about how you learn that's going to define success.

It's less about Skillset and more about Mindset (Mental agility) 

  • Innovation mindset
  • Analytics mindset 
  • Global mindset

What remuneration and career growth

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that's right for you

Graduate Review

Overall Score
3.8
Overall score based on 31 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.8
Diversity
8.3
Recruitment
8.2
Culture
8.1
Office Work Environment
8.8
Diversity
8.3
Recruitment
8.2
Culture
8.1
Office Work Environment
What Graduates Say About Them
  • The people and the opportunities for growth. We are known as the 'friendly firm' and it couldn't be more true. Our people are also made great because of the incredible mentoring programs we have embedded into our culture. There is also so much opportunity to move around in the company and challenge yourself. It's made clear that your career here is whatever you want it to be.
  • Global network, unlimited access to online training, emphasis on personal development.
  • The people Lots of social events.
  • Working with people from all different backgrounds on engagements that benefit society.
  • Range of experiences.
  • Big employer = hard to navigate takes a while to build your own brand.
  • Long hours, pressure.
  • It can be quite disempowering and impersonal, and you often do not have a say in the engagements or projects that you work on; and are allocated into long term projects with little consultation.
  • Being shared across ACG and not being able to focus more on interest areas.
  • I feel like there is nothing distinguishing it from its competitors. Also working for such a big company gives me the impression that I'm not making any real impact. I also can't relate to most of the company - my team is too specialised.

Opportunities

Locations With Opportunities
  • NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, New Zealand
Hiring Candidates With Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
T
Teaching & Education

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
My favourite part of my experience so far is being able to work closely with EY clients to help build resilience into their increasingly large and complex IT systems, applications and infrastructures.

Phillip

  • Graduate stories
My favourite part of my experience so far is being able to work closely with EY clients to help build resilience into their increasingly large and complex IT systems, applications and infrastructures.

Phillip

  • Graduate stories
Being in charge, I had to really challenge myself. It was hard to find my way through the legislation, but I knew my manager was there to help if I needed it.

Willo

  • Graduate stories
Being in charge, I had to really challenge myself. It was hard to find my way through the legislation, but I knew my manager was there to help if I needed it.

Willo

  • Graduate stories
My favourite part of my experience so far is being able to work closely with EY clients to help build resilience into their increasingly large and complex IT systems, applications and infrastructures.

Phillip

  • Graduate stories
My favourite part of my experience so far is being able to work closely with EY clients to help build resilience into their increasingly large and complex IT systems, applications and infrastructures.

Phillip

  • Graduate stories
Being in charge, I had to really challenge myself. It was hard to find my way through the legislation, but I knew my manager was there to help if I needed it.

Willo

  • Graduate stories
Being in charge, I had to really challenge myself. It was hard to find my way through the legislation, but I knew my manager was there to help if I needed it.

Willo


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

William Gilmour

Will studied a Bachelor of Business (Psychology) at Monash University and is now a Senior Consultant at EY
  • Day in the life

William Gilmour

Will studied a Bachelor of Business (Psychology) at Monash University and is now a Senior Consultant at EY
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Wong

Alexandra Wong studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne graduating in 2017, and is now a Consultant at EY in the IT Advisory practice.
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Wong

Alexandra Wong studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne graduating in 2017, and is now a Consultant at EY in the IT Advisory practice.
  • Day in the life

William Gilmour

Will studied a Bachelor of Business (Psychology) at Monash University and is now a Senior Consultant at EY
  • Day in the life

William Gilmour

Will studied a Bachelor of Business (Psychology) at Monash University and is now a Senior Consultant at EY
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Wong

Alexandra Wong studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne graduating in 2017, and is now a Consultant at EY in the IT Advisory practice.
  • Day in the life

Alexandra Wong

Alexandra Wong studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne graduating in 2017, and is now a Consultant at EY in the IT Advisory practice.

Videos


EY Celebrates Cultural Diversity

You’ve all seen videos like this before… for World Day for Cultural Diversity 2019, we gathered people from across EY Oceania to share what actions you can take to support diversity and inclusion.

What we look for in candidates at EY

Want to know what we are looking for in candidates? Meet Elise, one of our campus recruiters, who is here to give you an insight on how to stand out in the crowd. To find out more about careers at EY, please visit our website.

EY Celebrates Cultural Diversity

You’ve all seen videos like this before… for World Day for Cultural Diversity 2019, we gathered people from across EY Oceania to share what actions you can take to support diversity and inclusion.

What we look for in candidates at EY

Want to know what we are looking for in candidates? Meet Elise, one of our campus recruiters, who is here to give you an insight on how to stand out in the crowd. To find out more about careers at EY, please visit our website.

Advice


EY: a point of difference

We were invited along to the EY Sydney office to get a feel for the place ourselves.

EY Office Tour at Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Take a sneak peek at EY's Melbourne office.

EY: a point of difference

We were invited along to the EY Sydney office to get a feel for the place ourselves.

EY Office Tour at Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Take a sneak peek at EY's Melbourne office.