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EY Australia

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

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

Staff stats: 300,000 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 300,000 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?

We're change agents and entrepreneurs. Performance improvers and problem solvers. Data scientists and game changers. Risk managers and confidence builders. Disruptors and visionaries of tomorrow. We’re 300,000 global perspectives ready to welcome yours. 

Here at EY, you’ll build a legacy. You’ll grow your skillset, and expand your mindset. 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.

The EY exceptional experience. It’s yours to build.

Cadet

As a cadet, you’ll accelerate your development as you combine work with study to get the best of both worlds. Always learning and reaching higher, you’ll be the centre of a supportive team, working on client projects and gaining experiences to help accelerate your studies. Transform your energy into opportunity and by the time you graduate, you’ll be streaks ahead of your peers.

Game Changers Club

You know there’s more to studying than just understanding theory. It’s never too early to look beyond the theory and start exploring how your skills could build into your future career. As a member of the EY Game Changers Club, you’ll be invited to attend events throughout the year and learn about the world today and beyond that you won’t get from a text book. You’ll network with business leaders and EY professionals who’ll share insights and stories about the decisions they’ve made in their careers.

Career Compass Program

How can undiscovered opportunities help you discover your best self? Discover your direction with the EY Career Compass Program. During our structured learning sessions, you’ll learn how to evaluate your career options to make smarter decisions for your future. The Career Compass Program experience is designed to give you a first-hand experience of EY, so you can find out as much about us as possible about EY people, culture, how EY teams operate and provide services, and most importantly, how we can help you to build your future. Demonstrate that you’re a high achiever, and you may be invited to interview for the EY Vacationer Program.

Vacationer Program

You want an internship that’s more than a line on a resume. You want an experience, a challenge and a launchpad for lifelong relationships and career growth. You can find that here. 

Throughout the program, you’ll hit the ground running with dedicated on-the-job training, coaching and technology onboarding. You’ll work alongside EY professionals on real clients – right now. You’ll get the opportunity to be immersed in EY culture, network with EY people, and experience the transformative work done for EY clients. Plus, the best bit is, if you impress us we’ll offer you a permanent position after you graduate.

Graduate Program

Where do you start if you want to change the world? You start right here. Join us full-time as a graduate and we’ll help you achieve your career goals with continuous support, learning and experiences. We’ll propel you forward so you can start to build the future you want immediately. You’ll enjoy early responsibility, expand your network and build your skills. Just imagine the confidence you’ll gain through new experiences with leading clients in different industries. You’ll get to work with experienced professionals who’ll guide you to be your best. After all, we want to help you be the best you can be, because when you shine, we do too. 

Recruitment process AU

EY Recruitment Process AU

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


EY Graduate Philip Profile
  • 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 Profile EY Andrew Collins
  • Graduate stories
As a Forensic consultant, I help organisations respond rapidly to instances of alleged fraud, bribery and other misconduct, as well as law enforcement and regulatory inquiries.

Andrew Collins

  • Graduate stories
As a Forensic consultant, I help organisations respond rapidly to instances of alleged fraud, bribery and other misconduct, as well as law enforcement and regulatory inquiries.

Andrew Collins

EY Graduate Philip Profile
  • 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 Profile EY Andrew Collins
  • Graduate stories
As a Forensic consultant, I help organisations respond rapidly to instances of alleged fraud, bribery and other misconduct, as well as law enforcement and regulatory inquiries.

Andrew Collins

  • Graduate stories
As a Forensic consultant, I help organisations respond rapidly to instances of alleged fraud, bribery and other misconduct, as well as law enforcement and regulatory inquiries.

Andrew Collins


A Day In The Life Of


William Gilmour EY Australia
  • 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
EY Graduate profile image - Alexandra
  • 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.
William Gilmour EY Australia
  • 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
EY Graduate profile image - Alexandra
  • 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


The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build.

The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build.

If you don't push boundaries, how will you break them? At EY, we are reimagining careers.
EY Service Line Film

EY Service Line Film

We’re bot makers, change agents, cyber gurus, performance improvers, confidence builders, problem solvers, data scientists, growth hackers and risk managers. We are all unique and together we make an impact every day. The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build. We are all unique and together we make an impact every day. The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build.
The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build.

The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build.

If you don't push boundaries, how will you break them? At EY, we are reimagining careers.
EY Service Line Film

EY Service Line Film

We’re bot makers, change agents, cyber gurus, performance improvers, confidence builders, problem solvers, data scientists, growth hackers and risk managers. We are all unique and together we make an impact every day. The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build. We are all unique and together we make an impact every day. The exceptional EY experience. It's yours to build.

Advice


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EY: a point of difference

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EY Office Tour at Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Take a sneak peek at EY's Melbourne office.
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EY: a point of difference

We were invited along to the EY Sydney office to get a feel for the place ourselves.
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EY Office Tour at Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Take a sneak peek at EY's Melbourne office.