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  1. Auditing

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and flexi working

    Cons

    Can improve on the quality of tarining

  2. Slave Labour

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Big company name on your curriculum vitae. Nice colleagues, especially the ones who work at the same level as you

    Cons

    long hours. minimum pay. disrespectful.
    There life no work life balance and they are quite happy with that

    Advice to Management

    Give people more money. treat them better and reduce the attrition rates. EY outside of India does a much better job at managing people

  3. Senior Consultant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    lots of variety and high levels of responsibility. Great colleagues and interesting and engaging clients

    Cons

    consulting lifestyle is not for everyone - difficult to plan, have consistency and certainty

    Advice to Management

    More one-to-one recognition of individuals throughout the business

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  5. Political and Adversarial

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

    - Opportunity to work for FTSE 100 firms in the risk and regulatory space and gain some good experience, especially if you have recently graduated and it is your first role
    - Client focused, the customer is king
    - Good support staff, e.g.in house publishing team

    Cons

    - Horrendous internal politics and internal competition to work on client engagements
    - Bureaucratic processes and systems. In some cases, lacking!
    - The Advisory Partners aren’t really interested in the anyone below Director level
    - The Directors have their favourites and it is difficult to progress without their support, e.g. to be placed on specific client engagements
    - Alot of Managers and Senior Managers are out of their depth compared to those from commerce but portray themselves as industry experts!
    - No clear career path or alternatives if you don’t wish to progress to Partner
    - Hot desking is a pain and the onsite restaurant isn’t that great

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. Accounting Advisory

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

    I worked at EY (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Experience is highly recognized by industry and banks
    - Add value to CV if in the early stage of career

    Cons

    - Overselling the position and providing inaccurate job information during hiring process

    - Very very few advisory projects / opportunities available, and hence most people are either unbooked or doing admin stuff across different levels on regular basis.

    - Leadership feels giving you advisory work is a reward you should be extremely grateful for. To fully ''utilize'' people as resources (due to sadly few advisory projects / clients), they will put people to AUDIT to bring in revenue from other teams to create this misleading growth that is in fact not driven by advisory projects.

    - However, despite lack of projects, they still keep recruiting people internally (from other countries) and externally by overselling the position with inaccurate information (not telling people the fact that management will put you to AUDIT).

    -If people don't please management they way they wanted it (e.g. doing face time or pretending that you are keen on AUDIT), management will tell employees they are not incentivized to ''help'' them and take them off AUDIT, which on every individual level seems like a threat.

    - Confusing recruiting criteria. Many managers and executives that have very limited relevant experiences/skills required of advisory job (or even AUDIT) are hired. Some even struggle with language.

    - Nasty blaming culture. backstabbing, putting blame down on junior people, taking other people's credit and reporting upward are not uncommon.

    - They have a tendency to downgrade people hired externally to slow down their career progression. The pay is okay among Big 4, but much lower than industry for the same level.

    Advice to Management

    Have some ethics and don't take people for granted.

  7. Some great people and opportunities, but don't stay if you're not on the Partner track

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great colleagues and team spirit and good opportunities and projects. If you create the right network you can move around (functionally or geographically) within certain limits.

    If you're at the start of your career and in a profession with formal training (accounting, actuarial, not so much generalist areas) then EY or a firm like it is a fantastic place to get experience, complete your training and grow your reputation and network

    Cons

    Some functions have VERY long working hours, to the extent that it's not possible to be successful AND have some kind of a life whether that's family or hobbies.

    Partnership is lucrative and rewarding (by all accounts) but the path to there is gruelling and extremely political. In fact, highly developed and aggressive political skills seem to be a requirement of entry.

    If you're going to do well here, you need to devote every shred of your existence to the firm.

    So it's great that the firm is strongly pushing the diversity agenda but the truth remains that the life consuming culture of the firm will create an environment that has a certain type of personality within it. Is that diversity?

    Advice to Management

    If you believe that the long hours and political culture of the firm is a good thing, keep doing what you're doing.

  8. Financial services - Performance improvement consultant

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

    I have been working at EY

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great partners, nice people, healthy corporate culture, lots of opportunities,

    Cons

    Not a lot of internal mobility, too much project management

  9. EY Insight Day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Insight Day in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Insight Day in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Well structured day, with intensive activities which were very interesting and enabled me to get a better understanding of EY people, culture and lines of service.

    Cons

    There was no time left for feedback, current employees which seemed at times lost in the speed at which actitvties were going and which were not very helpful at times with questions that they were asked

    Advice to Management

    Rotate students across different groups, and give more feedback. Give programme leaflet for the day to every attendees. Give goodies at the end as they all formed a mess during the day.

  10. Always projects and opportunities to work on!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Never dull, always opportunities to grow and they are addressing the flexible working arrangement which is key to the work/ life balance

    Cons

    Hours can be long. Technology to be improved

    Advice to Management

    Improve technology

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    Assistant Tax Advisor

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

    I have been working at EY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big brand on your CV

    Cons

    They don't treat their staff very well. They expect them to be available at all hours of the day on quite a meager salary. They set unrealistic targets such as vision 2020 which means that they don't have to pay a bonuses when targets are not met. Partner bonuses have been growing year on year whilst employee pay has fallen consistently in real terms. They are happy to have employees churn through rather than pay well to retain staff.

    Advice to Management

    As the market picks up you will need to pay more to keep good staff and stay competitive. Set realistic targets and award competitive bonuses to retain staff.

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