EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
4,660 Reviews
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4,660 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 232 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 104 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 671 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 704 reviews)

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  1.  

    valuable experience

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

    I have been working at EY part-time

    Pros

    wide experience and good work colleagues

    Cons

    salary and very long working hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee friendly and collaborative environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. EY stays ahead of the technical knowledge curve. EY has some of the most talented leadership in the financial services.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth as the performance review makes it very competitive especially when your performance is compared to peers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good company to work for

    • 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

    EY is a strong brand which can do wonders for your CV
    In a practice environment you are usually working on different projects with different teams solving different problems, so there is a lot of variety
    People (colleagues and partners) are exceptional

    Cons

    Pay not great
    Other benefits not great either
    No real concept of bonuses below senior manager level
    Hours can be extremely long (this is dependent on client - but I haven't had 9-5 hours at all)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring in better technologies to make continuance and acceptance of clients more efficient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic people and Development opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee Associate in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Associate in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great people & teaming culture
    - Focus on developing talent internally through training courses & exam support
    - Working hours not as bad as other offices/ Big 4

    Cons

    - Audit work in general occasionally quite tedious
    - busy season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Bonuses please.
    - Align pay to match industry to boost staff retention

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't expect much of 'The Values'

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

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people to work with and great opportunities to network within your own country and across geographies.

    Cons

    'The Values' are often touted as central to the Firm's way of working, its beliefs etc. But this is not really reflected by leadership or HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that this is a hegemony. If you treat your lower level staff with contempt, you are not going to get bonuses or be the successful firm you strive to be. In the current situation, there's no way you will reach the likes of pwc or Deloitte.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    not good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    current young and vibrant culture

    Cons

    senior managers are not up to scratch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get up to scratch

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    amazing

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

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

    Pros

    brand-name, good mentors, good work/life balance

    Cons

    too mych work, too many people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Brilliant environment to thrive

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

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    The support provided by your seniors is fantastic. There is a wealth of knowledge and opportunity at your fingertips & everyone you meet has a sharp mind. A stimulating place to work and gain great experience.

    The firm also has a great ethic - the values and vision are noble and inform the day to day workings within EY.

    Cons

    This is a minor point but if you are working in Advisory be prepared to travel - a lot. There is an uneven distribution of resources and clients, so you will often find yourself living out of a suitcase for a few weeks. This is a con and a pro in some respects, but the focus of jobs in London places an undue amount of stress on travelling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In line with the 'con' - please consider a better distribution of resources as there is an awful lot of travelling which is neither budget efficient nor green.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly terrible

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

    I worked at EY full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Great peope, great atmosphere, great opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    The people (collegues and clients)

    Cons

    Long hours at times, un-stimulating work at times

    Recommends

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