EY Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • Best Place to Start a Career in Accounting (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance (non-existent) (in 701 reviews)

  • Work/life balance isn't that great as you must work long hours to compensate for the lack of staff during the busy season (in 734 reviews)

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  1. Pathetic run company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gave me my apprenticeship but the best thing about the company was the people they had employed minus the management

    Cons

    Management and higher up staff not interested in the staff on the shop floor

    Advice to Management

    Need to spread the respect to all employees


  2. So near, but so far... reality versus spin

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - a relatively strong brand - significant focus on diversity & inclusion - starting to recognise the importance of social responsibility (behind the rest of the market) - significant growth in internally reported revenues - some really good people

    Cons

    - significant level of mistrust across the leadership, which feeds anxiety below - passive aggressive management style - very hierarchical and partner-led - focus on positive narrative, not long term success, if it directly challenges what we do today - chaotic organisation and administratively cumbersome - predominantly an audit firm, which increasingly tries to contain Advisory - people from Deloitte and PwC don't tend to enjoy the experience

    Advice to Management

    Leadership does not sit exclusively with Partners. It is a behaviour that exists and should be nurtured across the organisation. The Partnership should consult and engage more with its people, and genuinely challenge the decisions that Partners make. The level of Partner-groupthink needs to be recognised as a negative and alienating force.


  3. Assurance

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    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, good exposure to different clients,friendly

    Cons

    Work life balance, not feeling part of a team, expected to get work done regardless of what jobs you are booked too


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    Unsurprising

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    So, you get what you'd expect from a Big 4 - impressive client range, impressive offices, plenty of very impressive sounding people.

    Cons

    But... like all large consultancies (a view which seems to have been confirmed from speaking to many former colleagues and those in similar businesses) the focus is on: - what you sound like you know instead of what you actually know - slimming everything down to six bullet points on a slide (here's a hint everyone, nuanced concepts are inherently complicated and require, well, nuance...) - the unceasing annual cycle of promotion chasing, to the eternal detriment of what clients might actually benefit from. Don't get me wrong, I get completely why these kinds of business so well and will continue to do so. But don't bother if you actually know something or want to enjoy the results of a job well done - those aren't just secondary concerns, they are detrimental to your job prospects and actively discouraged.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Place for opportunities but no happiness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Every day is different environment, learning a lot under pressured environment allows to progress quicker. Opportunities to work in different departments

    Cons

    EY values are not being followed by management, and leadership is not always good. Hard work is not appreciated/rewarded in any way except for quicker career progression. The turnover is very high, most people leave after a couple/few years.

    Advice to Management

    Be more people oriented.


  7. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand name Cab provided Good campus Rotation after a certain period

    Cons

    Continuous strech Very less appreciation Less learning More of politics Authority only in top management hands

    Advice to Management

    All the work is done by the staff level..so it is better to treat them properly


  8. Senior Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    people can be friendly at times

    Cons

    Leadership do not uphold the values of the business


  9. Exec

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    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enivronment is Good and Friendly

    Cons

    Less hands on upper manangement Work load Some Politics

    Advice to Management

    Think big


  10. EY

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of variety and very challenging

    Cons

    Its all about the firm and not about you


  11. Extremely variable depending on who you work for

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    Former Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    + sponsor visa's, and desperate hiring for qualified staff from around the world. Thus easy route for immigration and settlement. + sponsorship for aca qualification + grad training: for insight to businesses + sports teams + good for parents, part time. + good opportunities if you know who to game the system (Though I would argue unethical)

    Cons

    London offices: - extremely variable experience according to the teams you end up working with: many (senior) managers are awful, and short sighted. - understaffed: unfair work distribution and no overtime pay (UK) - hard work is rarely noticed or appreciated (As staff are commoditised) - on the job training (for new joiners, grads) extremely variable and usually poor, as providing mentoring and on the job coaching is not rewarded. - cliques between ppl persist, despite the best interests of the co or the client. Although the company brags about equal opportunities. - there's a layer of (senior) managers who are legacy, with terrible management skills (normally hired 5-10 yrs ago). - Women are often unfairly advantaged to the disbenefit of male peers, as the company strives to look 'diverse'. Directors openly talk of how there is a quota to promote female directors. - aggressive individuals tend to do favourably better for promotion, so if you want to succeed, firstly identify who to take on the smallest work load. If your a hard worker who wants to help your team, you'll be crushed with un realistic work and not rewarded. - Expect burn out of 90% of new hires within 3 yrs. Often leading to lots of sick leave.

    Advice to Management

    Place your self in the shoes of the people working for you. work conditions have dramatically declined since you 'worked' your way up the ladder. Your staffing issue isn't due to lack of investment in hiring grads (they all leave asap - quite rightly). Its because terrible managers are short sighted, despite some excellent managers being around. You can only commodotise your staff so much before they 'underperform'.



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