EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
4,474 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Staff
    Former Employee - Audit Staff

    I worked at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The interview process is fair. The salary is great. Apart from that, I would struggle to identify another positive aspect of working for this company.

    Cons

    Travel expectations are crazy, this impacts the working environment as on average 50% of the audit staff assigned to a particular client are from a far afield EY office due to the atrocious resourcing situation. The work itself is dull and monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior advisory role

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation doing interesting projects mainly in financial services with a risk, regulatory and compliance flavour

    Cons

    The organisation's culture requires people to be superstars from day one. there is no assimilation time. The organisation says it is collegiate but is not remotely so..actions speak loader than words. No work / life balance what so ever. Poor management of people the higher up the organisation one is at

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the business using American values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competent and ambitious people. Good name on cv

    Cons

    HR sucks and they really try to squeeze money, time and energy out of you whenever they can. For a professional service firm, they are highly unprofessional when it comes to culture and remuneration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth. Partners need to spread the wealth more equally with the more profitable grades and the disturbing culture needs to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good on the CV but thats it

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior  in  Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great reputation.

    Thats all they have going for them. really it is. reputations is why they have grads lining up out of the door to get hired by them but almost all leave as soon as they are qualified. but thats no problem because they have another endless line of grads wanting to join!

    Cons

    Worked in the Luton office for 5 years.

    -long hrs
    -no social life
    -poor career progression: its all politics. who you know rather than what you know
    -poor training: seriously why the hell are ex-big4 seen as so good. it wasnt until I joined a top 20 accountancy practice did i realise how little big4 graduates actually know about accounting. skill set you develop at EY is actually pretty narrow although perfectly suited for them. but when you get to a different firm you realise how well rounded other accountancy grads are and how poorly trained and narrow you are. Told by several recruitment agencies that a lot of practices particularly smaller practices prefer not to take on ex-big4 staff.
    - bad pay!!! I make 30% more doing the same job with better hrs at a top 20 firm than at EY
    -bland uninteresting work colleagues. they all come from the same types of background. work parties were an endless boring pain
    -EVERYONE seems fake
    - really bad career management. trying to move up the company is not easy. very competitive with few opening and lots of grads going after them. creates a culture of staff ALWAYS under charging their time, under mining and back chatting about other colleagues, taking on unreasonable about of extra work to try and stand out and allowing managers to take advantage of them to show how much they "enjoy" the "challenge" of the extra work load
    - ENDLESS amount of admin, forms to fill in, surveys needing to be filled out by other departments, feed back request, POINTLESS training on the other side of London at peak work times that you HAVE to attend. Honestly i spent over 3hrs a days on admin on top of my ever increasing work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more staff, cut the admin, plan your budgets more, change your recruitment process, listen to staff complaining about hrs, create a better and more equal culture where work is recognised not how funny/engaging the person was at the company party, paymore,
    more relevant training instead of the pointless lectures by every senior person who visits the Luton office from london.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice ideas, badly executed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Work life balance, salary, people

    Cons

    Partners who have spent their lives in consultancy have no clue about real life. Partnership structure is not appropriate for a 21st century business. EY needs to practice what it preaches to its clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not gold

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Zero probation. You do not have to serve a probationary period. This does not mean that you will not get stabled in the back if you are not watching.

    Cons

    Here is where the company excel....
    Contract is not worth the paper it's written on, e.g. Contract says 35hrs per week for most UK non-regional staffs but to avoid open victimisation you work average 6o hours a week (even on admin, non chargeable work)
    The utilisation target is high at 95% for managers and senior consultants. This is impossible to achievable because most senior mangers prevent you from recording/charging all your hours - the excuse is often issued around commercials like margin and sell-ons
    Few people selling (usually only partners, executive directors and some ruthless cut-throat directors) and or allowed to take credit for sales
    Promotion is rare, salary review is worthless (when it is communicated often the starting point is always how the firm has not reached its target this year or how your feedback and rating was not good enough, or your salary is already too high for your band), efforts are not rewarded in pay package at least not on equal measures.
    If you are not building the right internal network, I.e with the influential minority then you are not going any where.
    Bias, discriminatory, cut throat culture under pinned by brand protection culture
    Exhausting, ice age internal processes that hinders individual performance
    Unconventional guidelines / directions on projects - could include direct instruction to facilitate someone the managements don't like getting managed out
    Knowledge sharing is basically borderline plagiarism however a skill you are expected to perfect.
    Learning and development is encouraged when it is free and as long as you don't actually learn anything you can use
    Did I mention, you are just another bum on a sit - you are not valued for your skill or talent or even specialism only for your ability to keep your bum on a sit camped at clients expense for a very long time.
    Don't forget to join the firm if you want to loose or your self worth, value, core principles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the damaging culture that allows bad practise to be rewarded.
    Improve performance and margin by getting rid of HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    An extensive underlying bullying culture exists in Operations Transaction Support

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    Former Employee - M&A  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - M&A in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big 4 firm with a worldwide brand
    Good training oppos straight from school

    Cons

    A bullying culture exists
    Massively inferior to other Big 4 Firms from Partners downwards
    No clear strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Face up to the bullies before a life is taken

    At present you reward win at all costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Highly political and discriminatory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate
    Current Employee - Audit Associate

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) excellent on cv, 2) great client exposure

    Cons

    1) if you have disabilities, beware of covert and overt discriminations. Management and staff often make your disabilities worse or use it against you 2) hr is completely rude and inhuman 3) there's a lot of politics and if you're not in the in group, you'll get screwed 4) ey can stop people from taking their exams if they don't like you. This is even if you pass all your previous exams 5) a lot of long hours, yet it's only appreciated if you're in the "in group" 6) there is covert racism 7) promotion is based on being in the "in group", not capabilities 8) there's a lot of backstabbing which can make life hell and remind of school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act more human and try to understand the views of others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office is really nice and located in a good spot

    Cons

    Poor internal structures and processes from responding to RFPs, giving feedback and managing promotions. Pipeline of work is not managed much more than a month out. Very political, with promotions based on who people's friends are rather than merit, ability or experience. Because of this, there are a lot of confident but incompetent Managers, Senior Managers, Directors and Partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how best in class consulting companies work and invest in structure and process improvements. Put more focus on quality both for client work and recruitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    How anyone can stick around this company long enough to get promoted is beyond me.

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good starting salary, good pension scheme, good company benefits, occasionally taken out for lunch with clients and invited to attend the 'surf' bars (free alcohol), provided with a company phone and laptop.

    Cons

    Strict exam policy, long hours, tedious expense forms, inflexible holiday leave, rude managers, over inflated egos, ridiculously high expectations, little reward or recognition for good work, poor on-the-job training, lots of irrelevant emails from upper management, level of security to access systems is beyond a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat employees like slaves, and the partners need to take more notice of how lower level staff are treated by their immediate seniors. The cultures and values of the firm should reflect the actual business and not just be for marketing/PR purposes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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