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EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger
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. Excellent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair salary, excellent career progression

    Cons

    Can get very busy indeed


  2. Helpful (4)

    Offers a lot of flexibility with career and work-life balance

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    EY offers a lot of flexibility for its people in terms of your own work-life balance and your own career model. A lot of emphasis is placed upon individuals to take responsibility for their own careers, but there is good support available - you just need to remember to ask for it. There are many opportunities to really push yourself and to expand into new areas of work, should you wish it, and once you understand how the 'system' works you can go on to have a very successful career with them. EY are constantly trying to improve themselves, and pride themselves on high levels of staff engagement around key issues.

    Cons

    Having been with EY for many years it is easy to see that in the UK the firm has become very London centric in its outlook and strategy. This is fine if you live and work in London, but not so good if you don't. Opportunities for progression mainly exist in London and certainly moving past Senior Manager is difficult unless you are willing to spend considerably more time in London. The pay at EY has been below market averages for many years now, despite protestations that it is benchmarked against other Big 4. What EY conveniently forgets is that many other organisations pay a lower basic salary, but then compensate with a meaningful bonus scheme. At EY the bonus scheme is a token gesture only, and has typically been very low in value. Whether this situation will improve in the near future or not is difficult to tell. EY are also quite good at taking its staff for granted, and when people leave there is almost a shrugging of shoulders and thinking about recruit to replace, rather than dealing with the issues that led people to leave in the first place. Over time these attitudes have led to a worsening in the 'people culture' that EY used to be so proud of, and the focus now is more on productivity metrics, cost cutting and removing the fun out of the work. Overall a great place to start a career, which can last for many years, but be careful about how long you think you can stay around for.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on engagement with staff again - there are more problems beneath the surface here than you think because partners are not communicating with people enough in a two-way capacity.


  3. Audit Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A relaxed and warm atmosphere. Everyone is helpful and no one pushes you too hard. But its very obvious that hard work is recognised and well rewarded

    Cons

    I found both the work and the people relatively boring. But if you're into sports and evening time TV you should get on well


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  5. Associate review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of clients that I am given to work with, providing an extensive experience to work as an auditor.

    Cons

    The number of hours expected to work in busy season and the sacrifice of weekends for stocktakes, with no overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Time-off-in-lieu for audit in the busy season to be able to use the time in the 'quiet' periods of the year.



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