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EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
4,331 Reviews

3.7
4,331 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.  

    work in EY for 5 years

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

    Pros

    Have many opportunities to learn something new, to understand different industries, to train to build team and monitor team members, usually help can be easily obtain through colleagues and superiors. Colleague relationship is nice and simple.

    Cons

    Workload could be very heavy. High turnover of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please consider more about work-life balance for the employees.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work, but many improvements required!

    • 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)

    Pros

    Compared to other consultancy firms, EY encourages flexibility in its working practices and tries to put the needs of the employee further ahead than the rest of the Big 4 firms.

    EY recruits the best. You will have the opportunity to work and learn from extremely intelligent and capable individuals. The strong teaming culture at EY will allow you to network/develop faster than most other firms.

    EY offers you a great platform from which you can leap to other senior positions in industry or practice. The strong branding will add colour to your CV.

    There is a wide variety of projects available and clients which many smaller consultancy firms simply cannot compete for. EY provides a breadth of services and can resource a client project at almost any level of seniority as well as expertise.

    Cons

    EY hires technical staff only to then place them on non-technical projects where PowerPoint slides and Word documents are the key deliverables containing advice, recommendations and a lot of "fluff". This is an abuse of their skills and knowledge, and EY should match projects and resources appropriately.

    Little or no technical training offered to those who wish to develop their core skills further. Training is instead prioritised around soft skills such as communication, structured thinking and problem solving (all of which should be standard employment requirements anyway). Learning on the job is the best, however the learning curve is far more steeper and uncomfortable without formal training.

    Big 4 firms generally offer a good service to clients, but not value for money (when actual fees are taken into consideration). Rates per consultant (of any grade) are over priced and the client is paying more for brand value. Over time, this can erode the value that the employee feels they are adding to the client project.

    EY approach to flexibility is great in principle, but difficult to implement especially when senior managers and directors pressure junior staff to work inflexibly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's good.

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good culture. Very supportive.

    Cons

    Nothing bad. A good start.

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  5.  

    Global opportunities in a flexible work environment with a world-renowned reputation

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

    Pros

    - Work with large and interesting companies across a number of sectors
    - Opportunities to work, live and travel around the world
    - Good work / life balance
    - Employee-centric values

    Cons

    - Salary not as competitive with banks
    - Benefits not as good as other industries, e.g. tech
    - Often work longer hours than a job in industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Huge company - very impressed with my first big four firm

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

    Pros

    huge opportunities on a global scale

    Cons

    lack of urgency with project management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good on the CV but thats it

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

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great experience on the customer side but life back at EY office dismal.

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and clients from which I have gained valuable experience in my field. Good work/life balance. Great colleagues for the most part.

    Cons

    0% pay rise for many in 2013 despite it being an extremely busy year for Advisory.

    Laughable HR / performance measurement processes (roundtables). Subject to the whim of the loudest person in the room rather than the truth about somebody's performance. This is the worst thing about the company.

    Lots of talk about living the values of the company but one or two partners in Advisory need to read and abide by that too.

    Promotion arbitrary as above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a 'people' business you don't pay enough attention to your people and are unresponsive to criticism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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.  

    Good, nice projects... salary is the downside

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

    Pros

    You might get interesting projects. Overall good life balance.

    Cons

    salary is a bit lower than market average, being in a big firm it might happen that you are involved in projects not in line with your career alignment/career aspiration

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