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Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Curate's egg"

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

    Pros

    Access to top clients, working with bright and intelligent colleagues. Good chance to branch out from initial field of specialism into something completely different.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment where good work performed does not necessarily equate into success on the job. Internal competition for the same clients, propositions and staff. Clusters of non-performing Partners kept on

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the non performing leaders and concentrate on getting out to the market. For a firm that stresses its people values, in my time, they were conspiciously absent.


  2. "Audit Senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well know brand. Good learning experience. Opens up opportunities in the market

    Cons

    Long hours. Work life balance takes strain. Stressful job with tight deadlines. No overtime payment


  3. "Audit Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    - Challenging experiences
    - Diversity and inclusiveness
    - Client exposure

    Cons

    - Work life balance
    - Compensation


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  5. "ok if you have a 'Big 4' mindset"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working arrangements, opportunities to work abroad, partner approachable and not that hierarchical, great place to start your career as a graduate to grow and gain experience with a variety of clients , great brand, mark weinberger comes across as a great guy!

    Cons

    too much focus on being out on client side and being chargeable, once you are chargeable, management quickly forgets about you, limited investment in learning / development if you end up in a team with insufficient L&D budget, very hard to get promoted if you don't play the game with influential people, not often adding enough value when out on client side (while charging crazy high rates / day) i've seen some people getting on really well in this organisation but you need to be driven by certain values and you need to have a specific 'Big 4' mindset

    Advice to Management

    focus more on the client and adding value than on own internal politics / games / making money.


  6. "EY Review"

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

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

    Pros

    EY is a great place to work with a fantastic feeling around the office. Everyone works together to achieve common goals.

    Cons

    Since I've been at EY I haven't had any major negative points. The work is challenging but rewarding, resulting in a positive experience all round.

    Advice to Management

    Since I've been at EY I haven't had any major negative points. Therefore I wouldn't have any advice for management.


  7. "Graduate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    well paid salary, plus there is a good support system of mentors and buddies in place so you can get the advice you need.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is little concern for getting you onto projects that are in line with your interests and development goals.


  8. "work enviornment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance and good career growth

    Cons

    Micro management & compensation levels are not in par with other Big4s


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    "Room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Progression opportunities
    Good social focus (summer/Xmas parties, tax deadline drinks etc)

    Cons

    Pay could/should be better although levels below Manager have been addressed in recent years.
    Work like balance, there is paid overtime for some in the build up to tax filing deadline. Some need to work extra to stay on top of workload/meet client deadlines and others don't
    Lots of unnecessary meetings
    Some (non core work) tasks weighted high in annual performance reviews

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback as it could be an amazing place to work


  10. "Growing company but real issues"

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

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Good team structure, workload between grads is often not equal in any way shape or form. Good canteen but expensive.

    Cons

    Stress. Political. Favouritism. Long work hours for relatively low pay. No bonus and salary increase very low (inflation pay revoked).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your good staff not just the ones that play the political game. Partners need to far more accessible to junior staff.


  11. "Good place to work if you don't mind it being corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Support Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Support Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had great support from my manager and wider team. They were very helpful in encouraging me not to overwork and supported me with figuring out how to make part-time work in the role.

    Although I was 'just' in a support function (my phrasing) my contributions were valued by the technical teams I supported and there were clear opportunities for professional development if you wanted to move up.

    Flexible working is embraced and facilitated very well (not just talked about) - wide-spread use within the company of Skype so you can collaborate with anyone, from anywhere.

    Free hot drinks from a machine (not amazing quality but hot chocolate is great for a little pick-me-up!)

    Cons

    Office /EY global policy of hot-desking makes it hard to build meaningful relationships with colleagues and the office (2nd floor) had quite a quiet 'library' feel to it. That made it difficult to talk to people as I didn't like others listening in (for shy people life is hard!)

    Break area for lunch in Barbirolli Square was not separated from work area and didn't feel like a private, chilled or welcoming space to eat in, especially if you want to have your lunch by yourself.

    Expectation to work hard and play hard in order to build relationships and become embedded in the teams. But that is difficult if you already have a busy social life outside of work or just like quiet nights in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the guys work of supporting your direct reports and offering clear career progression.

    Maybe rethink the hot-desking idea, especially for support staff who are office -based all week, let people in the same role sit together so they can collaborate!

    Don't just offer part-time positions to mums, let any talented individual who wants to spend some of their working week doing something else, or who doesn't feel able to work the whole week, work part-time.


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