- Victor Nieves
Victor studied accounting at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, then went on to University of Notre Dame for a Master’s Degree in Accountancy. He joined EY in the US as an intern in 1999 and joined EY in the UK on secondment in 2010 and decided to stay permanently, working in our Capital Markets team within Assurance. In this article Victor talks about why he chose EY and why he stays with the firm.
“When starting out my career I interviewed with 3 of the Big 5 accounting firms (at the time). For me, EY just “felt” different and that was one of the key factors why I chose EY. The people I met with talked about EY’s “People First” culture and in the short space of the recruitment process, it actually came to life for me.
“EY has provided a great deal of support to me personally and professionally since joining, which has strengthened my career development. My opportunity to attend University of Notre Dame came through an EY-sponsored programme in the US. Additionally, EY provided me the opportunity to live and work in London to further my experiences and gain essential experience in a global environment with large, multinational companies. EY continues to provide opportunities and allows me to seek out new experiences and challenges regularly.
“Part of EY’s strategy to achieve our ambition and fulfil our purpose of Building a better working world is creating the highest-performing teams. EY recognises that a core aspect of this is to build inclusive teams with people from diverse backgrounds. From a personal perspective, as someone who is gay, Hispanic, grew up in a very challenging environment (Camden, NJ) and was the first in my family to graduate from University, I feel I have been empowered to contribute every aspect of myself to the job. EY wants people to be themselves so they can contribute fully to creating the highest-performing teams. It is proven that these diverse teams, when well-managed, achieve better results.
“Since day one, EY has helped me to think differently and do things differently; this is all part of who I am. The people I work with expect that from me, and appreciate that in me. Being able to be myself at work brings an extra sense of confidence to what I do on a daily basis.
“At EY, we also have a culture of training and development which is a natural part of how we nurture talent and develop leadership. I’ve had some great opportunities through my time at University of Notre Dame and my secondment to London. I have built a strong network and worked on some challenging assignments with great clients. That said, it has been the opportunity to lead Unity, our LGBTA network, which has provided me access to senior leadership and a voice at the table. I am able to work side-by-side with leaders in the firm who are driving change, bring my own perspectives and be heard. It is an oddly unique opportunity that anyone with a passion for change and who is willing to dedicate some time can experience at EY.
“Through my role in the Unity Network, I have also had the chance to take on an Advisory Board role with OUTstanding, a professional network for LGBT+ executives and their allies and which publishes the OUTstanding and Financial Times’ LGBT+ and Allies list annually. This external network is very important to my role as a Director in Capital Markets.
“Our culture at EY is hard to articulate. It clearly is about providing our people the opportunity to learn, develop and excel so that we can bring the best we can to our clients. However, what makes it hard to articulate is that it just feels different and you can’t always put that on paper or describe it in words.
“My ambition at EY is to become a partner, and contribute to growing the business so that we continue to lead in the market. I would also like to leave a legacy for other individuals who join EY. This is a journey that is well-progressed but continues to be defined with each new person I come in contact with.
“The advice I would give to someone looking to join EY is be yourself, regularly seek out challenges and build your networks! When people start a new job there is a tendency to look around and try to be more like the people around you, but you can contribute much more being yourself. Don’t dull your spark!”