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Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. "Audit Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loads of learning opportunities within the company

    Cons

    a lot of travel which can be quite staining
    Long hours during busy seasom

    Advice to Management

    take into account staff requirement for a personal life


  2. "Senior Manager - Financial Accounting and Advisory Services"

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

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are able to work on many different projects with different teams and clients. Many opportunities to grow with the firm and can lead to many great opportunities outside of the firm.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming if you are not use to a fast pace environment.

    Advice to Management

    The Partners need to be clear with expectations for each level. They aren't always forthright with their teams which could lead to misunderstood expectations.

  3. "Great experience meeting a wide range of people from different positions"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Smart Futures in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Smart Futures in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) The respect you receive from everyone even if you're just there as an intern
    2) Different perspectives on their route to EY (Internationally, grad programme or school leaver) you get to find out from each of them
    3) You get a feel of the working environment and a feel of if you really belong there

    Cons

    1) I guess nicer good could be served but it's free at the end of the day for an smart futures intern so you can really complain (it's pretty much sandwiches - quite tiny portions and crisps) but all free! So it's okay

    Advice to Management

    Great, got respect from everyone including management


  4. "Project Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Analyst/Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Analyst/Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and great career opportunities

    Cons

    Structure can be a top-heavy

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Is it worth it?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Summer Internship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a genuine work life balance which you don't get in other consulting positions. The is also generally a flat structure within the company, you can approach anyone for help.

    Cons

    There are no significant down sides

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Unprofessional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assurance in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the Big 4 auditing/advisory/tax partnerships with access to a large network.

    Cons

    Inexperienced partnership. Tone of indecisiveness from the top. Lack of communication and poor planning.

    Advice to Management

    Think people before numbers. Without people profit sharing would be non-existent.

  8. "Like life in a jar full of scorpions"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 'Big Four' name -- i.e., ticking the box.

    Cons

    Continuous open warfare within, between and among the various 'silos.'

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't even know where to begin.


  9. "No Work-Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    I got to work with some young talented people that would contribute to great team work

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines set by seniors, under-staffing made these deadlines unrealistic. there was a high turnover of staff so employees knew very little about the client base. Clients grew frustrated and the issues mentioned above resulted in employees working a lot of overtime throughout the year to which it was not compensated (no overtime pay), working most evenings and weekends. I finally resigned and became a lot happier

    Advice to Management

    Management need to focus on employee retention through support of employees rather than focusing on obtaining more clients without sufficient resources.


  10. "All about who you know..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong support network (people/resources)
    - Flexible work/life balance

    Cons

    - Opaque performance review process
    - Project resourcing based upon who you know, and being in right place and right time
    - Little say on what projects one takes on (was repeatedly assigned roles not suited to me)
    - Poor benefits (healthcare scheme not inclusive compared to competitors, no bonus for all staff for previous 2 years)
    - High staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Encourage partners to do more to retain staff


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