The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: EY #41 (2021)

Bringing up the rear among the Big 4 firms in the 2021 F100BCTWF is EY at No. 41.

The good news is, even after all the cringey decisions EY leadership made over the past year—temporarily shelving performance-based bonuses, getting rid of senior manager promotion bonuses, giving raises only to EYers who went up in rank, handing out lots of pink slips under the guise of performance-based separations, going to unlimited PTO, sending employee care packages to client technology staffers whose jobs had just been eliminated, spending money on a pointless Super Bowl ad, and making EYers sign some silly pledge—the firm still finished ahead of such companies as Accenture, IBM, T-Mobile, and Farmers Insurance, just to name a few.

But the folks at Fortune really had to stretch to find something flowery to write about on how EY positively dealt with the pandemic:

As befits a company that hires thousands of new college graduates each year, this professional services firm went the extra mile to help interns and entry-level employees navigate COVID-19. EY’s nonprofit arm granted $3.3 million in scholarship funds to support interns whose ability to pay tuition was hampered by the pandemic; about two-thirds of that money went to people from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. EY partners also absorbed some of the firm’s financial setbacks, in order to preserve jobs further down the chain. Meanwhile, staff at all levels threw themselves into pro bono work related to the pandemic, including supporting hospitals and health care systems and connecting isolated seniors to food-delivery and caregiving services.


And let’s not forget EY did provide midyear salary bumps in December and doubled the annual fitness fund for employees. So it wasn’t all horrible.

Stats of note:

  • Employees: 51,932
  • Number of job openings: 3,000 (as of March 2021)
  • Number of job applicants (last 12 months): 216,000
  • Average number of applicants per opening: 30
  • Number of new graduates hired: 5,000
  • Percentage of women: N/A (47% per EY’s DEI Transparency Report)
  • Percentage of minorities: (41% per EY’s DEI Transparency Report)
  • PTO limit (days):[UNLIMITED!]
  • Number of sick days: 10

EY dropped from No. 25 last year to No. 41 this year.

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  1. Kelly Grier managed to make EY worse than KPMG (ranked higher than EY in the same survey) in under a year. That is quite an accomplishment.

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