EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
4,678 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 234 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 673 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 711 reviews)

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  1.  

    Assurance intern

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

    I worked at EY as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Job oportunities for learning and career development

    Cons

    Long hours, unsatisfying and repetitive work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great intent, but serious flaws

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

    I have been working at EY (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - All the people in EY Advisory are really committed to doing a great job
    - Committment to training and growing the people
    - Genuinly nice people to work with
    - Well thought of by clients
    - You don't have to work long hours or stay away (out of London/SE England) much

    Cons

    - Sadly EY is institutionally racist and sexist. This has been addressed in the recruitment process, but once in, women and BME employees are graded lower and not promoted. This is well known by management, has been openly communicated for 5 years but has not improved.
    - Weak leadership who are happy to see chaos caused by gaps and overlaps rather that making transparent explicit decisions.
    - Underperformance at the business level - the target is 15% annual growth, yet 8% is seen as good (linked to above).
    - Once you're in you won't get a decent pay rise even if promoted.
    - Weak tier of Directors who generally have very little experience of major transformation programmes resulting in lack of coordination and consequently hard work on the ground.
    - Highly disengaged workforce and high staff turnover (20%).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Leadership need to seriously address the racism and sexism in performance management.
    - The profitability of the business is declining and leadership think that innovative whacky ideas is the answer. Massively improving the quality of project and programme management and inproved standardisation of work products is the simpler answer but requires stronger management/leadership of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok but poor pay

    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities for new entrants

    Cons

    Poor pay that doesnt match work given

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall ok

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and work environment. Everyone is friendly. Good learning opportunities

    Cons

    No work life balance. Need to be more competitive in terms renumeration

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed bag, heavily dependent upon immediate management

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global reach, diverse workforce, great remuneration and benefits, good opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    Politics, slow decision-making, highly risk averse (heavily regulated industry), can be unhelpfully hierarchical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people before you go running to external consultants. You have some extremely talented individuals and there's nothing more frustrating than hearing an external consultant say the same thing to senior management that you've been saying for months... but not getting heard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally happy

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

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

    Pros

    If you work hard and are valued they will do what they can to keep you with the company and satisfied.

    Cons

    Haven't managed to work out how to have a satisfying and challenging working life whilst maintaining sensible hours and work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great quality of people

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

    I worked at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay rise each year, nice office, good salary, bonus and incentives for working hard

    Cons

    boring work and sometimes hard to make it through the day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    First professional services role

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big organization so great for networking

    Cons

    Support function went through too many restructuring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply the same talent management ideal for client-facing staff to support staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great global company

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

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Synergy in company ethos on a global scale. I worked in 3 countries with them over 4 years and each local felt very similar to the last which is comforting when changing countries and cultures. Also career development and personal development are important to them, so if its important to you, then its a good place to be

    Cons

    Sometimes you can feel like a small cog in a big machine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting insight into working for a big four firm in a regional office. Wasn't as challenging as I'd have liked.

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, always happy to help and going above and beyond to make me feel welcome and to give me exposure to different aspects of work, buddy and counsellor system worked well, very good summer internship team, who organised some very good socials

    Cons

    Not enough work, often found myself lacking a task, the city wasn't great, a little too friendly, not enough ambition, audit work can be dull, all the regional intern events were in Manchester, which is too far away, perhaps UK regional should be organised separately from Scotland so that the events can be run in the Midlands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure the internship in a way that allows interns enough work to do (possible take on less interns if needs be)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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