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EY Birmingham Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "Good Overall Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Salary is about on-par
    Good promotion prospects and clear on what is required

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive
    There are long hours but this is expected
    Mixture of ability and enthusiasm for the job

    Advice to Management

    When recruiting ensure staff are trained to the appropriate level and they fit in with the level they are entering


  2. "EY"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Tax Advisor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Tax Advisor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working is great and benefits everyone.

    Cons

    Can be mundane work at times.

    Advice to Management

    get involved with the graduates more


  3. "Senior"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EY part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Challenging, Learning opportunity, Travel, Good maternity pay

    Cons

    Long hours, no overtime, a lot of travel


  4. "Decent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Support Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Support Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice, modern office plan. Professional environment with a mostly good team of people who know how to make the day enjoyable.
    2 work from home days permitted.
    Global firm whose name is recognised and appreciated for what it is. Proud to say I work for EY - looks good on CV.
    If you talk to the right people, there can be some good opportunities for moving around the business. Management are quite open about opportunities and it doesn't feel like you are doing some wrong or disloyal if you are looking for another role.

    Cons

    Annual People Surveys show that only 63% of colleagues trust each other!

    Management are somewhat restrictive about individual personalities; they are a bit too pushy and forceful with getting EVERYBODY talking to each other, making friends, being sociable... And if you are 'a bit quiet' or even the opposite and aren't afraid to voice your opinion, you'll be pulled up on it and basically told to change.

    Pay doesn't seem to be fair... Team of 70+ doing the same job and there are pay differences of up to £2k. Recent salary increases are meant to be 1% and yet some people were given up to 5% - no idea why some people get more/less as the increase is not personal performance based.
    No real progression in one role; could be doing same job for year and not get anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace different personalities and don't try to turn everyone into clones or robots. Unless someone is really being disruptive or causing a problem, just let people be.


  5. "Not as glorious as they make it sound"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free fruit,modern offices free parking

    Cons

    Weak management
    colour is a issue in HR when they promote equality a lot
    weakest of the big four

    Advice to Management

    someone will whistleblow on the way people get promoted in HR


  6. "Tax Intern Birmingham"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of team ownership towards work.
    Early chances to get responsibility and meet clients.
    Good social scene among graduates and interns.

    Cons

    Lower pay for interns than other big four firms.
    Some members of management can have little time for interns, reducing availability of work.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay rates to be more inline with the other accounting firms in Birmingham.
    Encourage Directors and Partners to push work towards interns and be more open to talking to them about their careers and work.


  7. "ey"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    EY people are really nice.

    Cons

    Coordination of distribution of work is not very good. training is not very thorough.

    Advice to Management

    training need to be improved


  8. "Developed to manager level"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow and develop, good benefits, great place/office conditions, structured performance reviews, opportunities to work from home.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high in terms of working hours therefore poor work-life balance.


  9. "Pros and Cons..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Qualified Executive in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Part Qualified Executive in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The brand is growing, market share is increasing and the opportunities for growth and career development are very good.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is always a point of conflict for employees at EY within the audit service line.


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    "PI"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager PI in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager PI in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing. They are kind, knowledgeable and hardworking. There is a lot of trust put in employees and for the most part that is valid. It's also OK to say 'I don't know' and receive coaching and advice without it being judged against you. This is at odds with other big 4 firms I have worked for.

    Cons

    Lots of rural work meaning lots of time away from home (no different to other consultancies)
    The internal systems are pretty awful although I gather that this is in hand.

    Advice to Management

    Standard stuff really, lots of the partners are very nice but lack bite when dealing with underperformers in the team, especially those who are outwardly confident but lacking in substance in their knowledge and skills. It doesn't give a great impression to the rest of us who are working our bums off!


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