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EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
4,313 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to learn and progress quickly but no work life balance and too much travel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager - IT Advisory  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager - IT Advisory in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, plenty of training opportunities. Work to solve a forefront business problems, often in the news. Exposure to blue-ship organisations. Flexible working. Soft and supportive culture and working environment. Progression is quick if you push.

    Cons

    Very little work life balance. Too much travel. Mon-Fri away from home for a few years is normal. Promotion process doesn't seem fair in certain areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm tends to promote certain "consultant" personalities. Technical people are struggle to progress. Need clearer career path for technical staff. And more effort to promote work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could be way better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Assurance Technician-Pensions  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Assurance Technician-Pensions in Manchester, England (UK)

    Pros

    Small projects therefore big responsibility from the start and hence plenty of opportunity to learn. Frequent secondments into corporate audit which are very useful to broaden the knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Loads of unnecessary office politics which ruin the working atmosphere and teams, no study leave for certain types of accounting qualifications, disproportionately long hours, effort is not always recognised and rewarded. Management is often distant and unwilling to take responsibility for anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be closer to employees and integrate with the team. The management seemed very distant from the concerns of audit executives and juniors which often resulted in unnecessary tension. Consider rewarding those employees who do a good job to improve office culture and team morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    valuable experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    wide experience and good work colleagues

    Cons

    salary and very long working hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't expect much of 'The Values'

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Some great people to work with and great opportunities to network within your own country and across geographies.

    Cons

    'The Values' are often touted as central to the Firm's way of working, its beliefs etc. But this is not really reflected by leadership or HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that this is a hegemony. If you treat your lower level staff with contempt, you are not going to get bonuses or be the successful firm you strive to be. In the current situation, there's no way you will reach the likes of pwc or Deloitte.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Varied experience, nothing amazing.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1. Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance. But it is always subject to the whim of your Engagement Director.

    2. Varied work and diverse range of clients.

    3. Varied work locations are available (client sites mainly around the UK and Europe) for those who enjoy travelling.

    Cons

    1. EY consultants are intelligent and able to contribute in many ways. However, considering the extortionate fees charged by the firm, it is certainly not good value. Rates charged by the firm for a senior consultant, even after a "discount", are unjustifiable.

    2. EY's idea of a training and development consists of accountancy training for those who are aligned to a graduate scheme. For those who are experienced hires, EY subjects them to a series of repeating courses on problems solving and communication; both of which should be standard for any employee anyway. There is little or no real training for experienced hires and technical skills development never happens.

    3. Generic managers and senior managers love to spend their time documenting and producing PowerPoint presentations to "impress" the client, while its the senior consultants and consultants who complete the tangible work of any real value to the client.

    4. EY reserves the right to retract any holiday approval even AFTER the holiday has been booked without paying for the holiday cancellation costs. It's rare, but it can happen since there is no protection afforded by HR. This can leave you out of pocket or out of a job. Hugely unfair and unprofessional.

    5. Pay is above average, but not enough given the number of hours worked and effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your staff. Let them grow and pay more!

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    TAS Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good environment
    Good culture
    Good work/life balance for some (not for everyone)

    Cons

    Politics
    Promotions are based on multiple factors
    Compensation - small increases over the years that don't even cope with inflation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attention should paid to what the employees (analyst to Senior Manager) have to say and how these things can be addressed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Tax in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    People - especially if you join on the graduate scheme you will make friends for life
    Culture - supportive and bullies are usually managed out
    Big - if you end up working for an idiot it's easy to move to another team

    Cons

    Hours, stress, lack of juniors and admin staff to do the work so you end up charging clients 500+ an hour for doing filing, printing, scanning and posting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire juniors and become a strengths based employer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Saps your soul but good for the CV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good for the CV, get sufficient training, transferable skills

    Cons

    You forget being happy, creative, soulful - basically if you're not a corporate - GET OUT!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve low morale, awful communication, being demeaning to lower levels of staff, having your job title get to your head etc etc... will it ever change? Probably not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    EY Transactions (VBM)

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working culture, great work life balance, strong ground training for financial analytical skill, brush up in Excel skill, project-based internship

    Cons

    Repetitive, not many rotational opportunities, dealt with a lot of spreadsheet with no real responsibility but overall still good experience

  11.  

    Could be better...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff  in  Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good range of experience, broad client base, good starting point as a graduate

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, no reward scheme in place any more, under staffed, high staff turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase staffing levels and pay a decent salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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