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EY Edinburgh Reviews

Updated December 3, 2017
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  1. "Good place to get ACA qualified"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get paid time off for study and exams (as long as you pass first time).

    It's a good brand to have on your CV, and it will open doors after you leave.

    Working in a regional office, you may get better exposure and experience on smaller projects than you would in London.

    Cons

    The pay is quite poor prior to qualifying.

    The bureaucracy and corporate hierarchy isn't for everyone.

    A lot of the best people leave shortly after qualifying, as internal opportunities are not as easy to come by as it is made out.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on actually investing in people rather than just talking about it for branding purposes.


  2. "Intern Edinburgh"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offer job at end to almost anyone

    Cons

    equivalent of £16,000 a year salary while interning and graduate job is not much better

    Advice to Management

    Pay More

  3. "Is it worth it?"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good career prospects if you leave

    Cons

    You are expected to work long hours, including weekends, with awkward holiday restraints in place for much of the year. The hours continue all year round with no quiet period.

    Salaries are below the market rate for other Big 4 firms in Edinburgh.

    There is a lack of exposure for junior staff.

    There are very few perks for such a large firm, including poor internal training.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salary to market rate
    Address working hours variation across teams


  4. "Tax Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Advisor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Tax Advisor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training/ CPD events

    Cons

    Cliquey, low salary, unfriendly, opaque, ungrateful

    Advice to Management

    Instead of producing leaflets and posters describing how great the firm is, perhaps put the words into action


  5. "EY Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    flexible working environment and timing

    Cons

    very long working hours. low salary

    Advice to Management

    need to increase compensation


  6. "FIDS Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forensic Accountant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Forensic Accountant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of work and well structured teams

    Cons

    Can work long hours during busy season

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a personal approach to all colleagues


  7. Helpful (3)

    "OK"

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    Current Employee - Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to get EY on the CV

    EY will get you through your exams (get out once qualified!)

    Good internal prospects

    Cons

    50 hour weeks are the norm all year round, especially at senior grade

    Nobody cares about you as long as the work is done

    The "high performers" are basically the people who work constantly (by that I mean literally every evening and weekend)

    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    If I were you I wouldn't change anything given the EY propaganda machine keeps a steady flow of naive graduates flowing in to replace burnt out staff who get fed up and leave.

  8. "Good starting point"

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    Current Employee - Restructuring Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Restructuring Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience, ICAS qualification, and a great place to start you career. Working in corporate finance is more interesting than audit.

    Cons

    Poor salary whilst a trainee, poor IT systems, rewards and values system is dated and unfair.


  9. "Standard"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to develop knowledge

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Management doesn't care
    High staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    People is the key to success. Do not lose them all.


  10. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, very customer focused and keen to develop staff. Recruitment process very efficient and quicker than any other competitor processes.

    Cons

    Can be variances in workload throughout the year, need to be prepared to deal with that. Aside from that, great.


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