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Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Don't have an accountant as a Partner for IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Name, reputation, nice restaurant, nice people

    Cons

    Partner's have no understanding of the outside world
    They are out for themsleves and have little interest in the staff

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new blood with experience


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Ernst and Young Global - The American way is the only way."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ernst et Young provides its people with an excellent insight into its clients' businesses. Each day is a new learning experience. It strives to work accross borders in more effective ways than its competitors. The partners recognise the need for work/life balance and empathise but they rely on getting the maximum hours out of their people to keep their incomes in the top echelons of society so they dont speak back.

    Cons

    The US firm now dominates the other practice areas and the American implants sent to run the overseas operations have very limited local knowledge and cultural awareness. This means that decisions are often made out of ignorance of how markets and legislation operate in local theaters. I hear frustration from EY people that the rules are:

    The American way is the right way
    The American way is the only way.
    It works in The States so it must work here.

    Guys - the prices in Europe are not in USDollars, we have our own laws and customs - and so do our clients! Local customs prevail and the loss of clients in the local marketplace is down to the cultural schism between the unelected US leadership and the local staff and partners. The US leaders are just visiting and have no real interest in the values and long term performance of the European firms.

    Advice to Management

    At the end of this recession businesses will be remembered for how they behaved towards their stakeholders, their clients and their people and some will find that they have damaged their reputations be being over zealous in the pursuit of profit. The accounting profession will be judged by the business world. I fear that all of the Big 4 may be found wanting if they do not look after their people better than they have in the last year. There is still time to find some sort of redemption. Stop the hard bitten USA approach being taken in Europe before you damage your business there significantly.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fed lies from day 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge network
    mobility
    flexible working hours
    huge office
    even ratio of men and women

    Cons

    salary is well below average
    too many people
    too much politics
    no career progression unless you play the politics
    nobody's honest

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to the people you're managing and the work you're doing rather than hanging out at long lunches with clients


  4. Helpful (2)

    "why I would not recommend EY as employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager VAT in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager VAT in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Possibly the exposure to a wide range of blue chip clients and specific technical issues

    Cons

    Although the firm prouds itsel of being the employer of choice, employees are used and not respected especially those with family isuues are first given support and in more than one case are dismissed short after their issues have been sorted by entering a capability procedure that ends up with redundancy.

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. Helpful (6)

    "don't believe the hype"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. beautiful offices in a great location

    2. opportunity for travel

    3. nice art in teh meeting rooms

    Cons

    I have a successful City background and enjoy a fast paced working environment, but have never worked anywhere as unbearable as London EY. Miserable auditors, miserable consultants, miserable support staff.

    1. High pressure environment with low leadership accountability allows unchecked bullying, breeding high turnover.

    2. Promotion is held out like a carrot but rarely granted. Senior staff take credit for the work of juniors.

    3. Staff are given work that does not bear any relation to the role they were recruited for, or even their skill set - you are simply a 'body'.

    4. A 90% team turnover in a year is a good indicator of dysfunctional leadership, yet HR do not take any visible action.

    5. Many of the EY awards seem to be PR jobs as they bear little relation to the actual working conditions e.g. Times 'top 100' employer award and MAKE award for knowledge management.

    Advice to Management

    take a look at the staff turnover under some of the senior leadership. If it's over 50% per annum you have a problem......


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Serves the purpose"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Its a Job.

    2. The Brand Name sells

    Cons

    1. Favouritism.
    2. Born and Bred culture, hard to get promoted if you qualified externally.
    3. Covert racism, now getting more overt.
    4. Lowest pay; average bonus £50 - £120 after slogging through the busy season and doing an average of 50hr weeks rest of yr.
    5. Not the right people with the right set of skills in decision making positions.
    6. Huge fee and margin pressures which on 95% of occasions leads to quality going down the drain.
    7. Very top heavy.
    8. Huge amount of delegation on a day to day basis.
    9. The Managers and Assistant Managers get away with Murder; people not pulling their weight.
    10. And, if it weren't for the self funded surveys it really would not be one of the best places to work !

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff at the ground level and not on your Deputies, Senior Managers, who have their vested interests at heart. Promote the deserving and start paying better.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Finance Grad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Qualified Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Qualified Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name still packs weight
    Great London location

    Cons

    Incredibly boring work.
    No personality allowed, the corporate guidelines are rules, not recommendations.
    People will do whatever they can to get one up on you.
    Lack of management organisation results in last gasp deadlines.
    The senior management/partners are seen as Gods, not bosses, thus creating an environment of fear rather than respect.

    Advice to Management

    Be people.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst employer ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    EY experience looks nice in my CV

    Cons

    1)Extremely bad environment
    2) Backstabings from colleagues and managers
    3) Overworking - work life balance is just a joke

    Advice to Management

    You are managing people not slaves!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "How anyone can stick around this company long enough to get promoted is beyond me."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary, good pension scheme, good company benefits, occasionally taken out for lunch with clients and invited to attend the 'surf' bars (free alcohol), provided with a company phone and laptop.

    Cons

    Strict exam policy, long hours, tedious expense forms, inflexible holiday leave, rude managers, over inflated egos, ridiculously high expectations, little reward or recognition for good work, poor on-the-job training, lots of irrelevant emails from upper management, level of security to access systems is beyond a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat employees like slaves, and the partners need to take more notice of how lower level staff are treated by their immediate seniors. The cultures and values of the firm should reflect the actual business and not just be for marketing/PR purposes.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is really nice and located in a good spot

    Cons

    Poor internal structures and processes from responding to RFPs, giving feedback and managing promotions. Pipeline of work is not managed much more than a month out. Very political, with promotions based on who people's friends are rather than merit, ability or experience. Because of this, there are a lot of confident but incompetent Managers, Senior Managers, Directors and Partners.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how best in class consulting companies work and invest in structure and process improvements. Put more focus on quality both for client work and recruitment.


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