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EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
294 Reviews
3.5
294 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 243 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 701 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 734 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Good exposure to top clients. Good on the job learning.

    Cons

    Pressure to perform to a high standard. Work load varies dramatically.

  2.  

    Audit Executive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Great learning experience, lot of responsibility from an early stage

    Cons

    difficult to manage work life balance during busy season

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good culture for a big4

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    People agenda, growth plans, good for ambitious and smart people

    Cons

    Long hours and some annoying legacy processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    staff accountant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    Good office culture, good benefits

    Cons

    Long working hrs during peak seasons

  6.  

    Glorified Project Managers, Does not develop employee skill sets, churn and burn experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement Consultant, Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement Consultant, Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great brand name outside United States
    - Nice people
    - Better (not good) work life balance than other consulting or finance organizations
    - International opportunities

    Cons

    - The 'consulting' work amounts to glorified project management
    - Superficial skill development opportunities for employees, resulting in many external hires
    - Inadequate compensation, unless hired externally
    - Limited exit opportunities outside of project management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show real concern for internal development and compensation, don't just pay lip service to it, especially for analysts
    Be more transparent about the revenue growth by service line, sub-service line and industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY

    Pros

    lots of work, but good learning

    Cons

    away on the road for 3 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Full of excellent opportunities with the ability to work with great people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Tax Summer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Tax Summer in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I really like the people I worked with and so did other interns. There was a feeling of a dynamic environment compared to other big 4 companies. As it's one of the big 4 you get to work with large clients. Also better training structure for the graduate role when doing the accounting exams as EY will give you time off work and you aren't part of work projects so you focus just on the exams! This compares to the other big 4 that expect you to study for your exams in the evening after a day's work.

    Cons

    Often lack of communication internally between teams. HR through the recruitment process were slow and sometimes too laid back in their approach. Relatively worse pay compared to other big 4 but not by much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have projects ready for interns to complete as the summer months can be slow for work to come that we as interns can help on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Credible cv following experience
    International opportunities

    Cons

    Some politics
    Hard work!
    Pay very average / bonuses are so poor they insult top performers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future not on the now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Audit sweatshop

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    - great social
    - lots of young people
    - quick profession as people leave quicker than they can replace them.

    Cons

    - all the gains of your efforts flow to the partners
    - repeated false promises of improvements being made to the department.
    - once in audit you are tied to your training contract with no scope for a variety of experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - innovate
    - get some non executive partners in the management team for each department to maintain perspective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    EY holds its own

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Quite flexible working, never had an issue requesting time off or even unpaid leave to take extended time. Lots of support for further learning be in CFA, ACA, ACCA etc. Generally good opportunity to move around the business and into new teams looking for resource.

    Cons

    Generally lower salaries than the other big four. The team morale and atmosphere is driven directly by the partners in the team. Some partners can be hands off leaving senior managers to drive resourcing and other people issues which aren't resolved in an appropriate or timely manner. Poor secondment packages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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