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EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
4,926 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 701 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 734 reviews)

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  1.  

    First professional services role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Good for career development, but high potential for burn out

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

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

    Pros

    Working for EY gives you a fantastic breadth of experience and exposure to both firms and people. It's a fantastic way to enhance your career if you are prepared to put in the effort. Compared to other Big 4 EY also comes across as having a more relaxed culture.

    Cons

    Like every consulting role, you will be worked hard. At certain points in the year 45 hour weeks + are just the expected norm and you cannot question this. If you really want to make Manager/Sen Manager then 45+ becomes the norm all year round. Internal promotion guidelines are often very inflexible with no of years of experience often being a barrier to high performers making manager/sen manager grade "early". Pay is just OK for the work you are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try more to combat burn out through either better engagement rotation or better remuneration packages. Take a more flexible approach to promotion process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good for development

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

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

    Pros

    Great for diverse experience. Truly global firm.

    Cons

    Salary & bonus not competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Content here

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working
    More laid back than other "big 4"
    Very focussed on pushing you up and through the company with help from a dedicated career counsellor

    Cons

    Promotions come once every few years even when operating at a high level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great and interested one

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer Electrical Bias in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer Electrical Bias in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very Friendly People and Management are very Effective

    Cons

    Good on Training and Discipline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management do give you Bonuses to those who go the extra mile

  9.  

    EY SM

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    - people
    - values
    - dedication to work

    Cons

    - high pressure
    - lack of strategy in cap markets
    - opportunistic management, lack of willingness to invest in content development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish Cap Markets strategy and follow up on vision 2020

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good exposure to a variety of opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around and try new jobs / experiences.

    Cons

    Every department is completely different and feels like you are working for a different company. It is luck of the draw of which team you end up in. Flexibile working makes it a good work life balance. However work volumes can be very high at times which does not give you a good balance. Salaries are lower than the average, but experience and training are very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a long term work environment for most people

    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefits, training, and salary if you are based in London

    Cons

    Coming from working in different industries before consulting I did not know what to expect and did it with an open mind. Although the pros might sound appealing in my opinion there are far too many cons to the environment I saw and experienced and I would only recommend it to someone who has known no other career and has very thick skin. The London operation in my opinion is a giant body shop trading on people's qualifications for huge financial motives as opposed to any other commendable ambition.
    If you like to be around to reap the benefits of your efforts then stick to working in an industry where you are not sent away to another project or company on a fairly regular basis to start all over again.
    If you like to make good friends with colleagues where you work consulting is probably not the place for you as there is so much competition, movement across projects and hotdesking.
    It is extremely competitive to make any promotion beyond the role you join with and many people leave unhappy that they did not receive it when they deserved it.
    The hours can be VERY long for weeks and months negatively affecting homelife.
    It is a single persons game in my opinion, only if you have very thick skin and are motivated mainly by money.
    The grass is greener on the other side!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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