EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated 26 October 2014
Updated 26 October 2014
4,711 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 239 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 680 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 718 reviews)

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  1.  

    Suitable place to start a career in finance / accounting

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

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Is presently on the roll globally as a place to give proper, structured start to careers
    Good exposure to clients
    Good for work fanatics, as well as those who do not like to stay at/close to home too much

    Cons

    Seems to concentrate on creating cash cow type service lines (taking lead in chosen segments, with heavy investment to boot), hence usual minuses of long time to change due to market conditions, etc.
    Did not give flexible career options, due to the same reasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not for everybody, but many positives

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

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

    Pros

    - Got a good collegiate atmosphere, audit work is team-oriented
    - If you are in audit you often need to be patient when you are a graduate, however after this the opportunities to direct your own experience, if you be pro-active, completely open-up
    - Company has a strong reputation

    Cons

    - Compensation is low (it is low consdering the hours most people work), however note the large jump if you become partner
    - Little social side to work given the long hours
    - Long hours for many months
    - Audit work is very regulated and quite restrictive in terms of your thinking, you are always guided by firm rules, regulatory pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Invest even more in your people
    - Resource the department better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly, down-to-earth people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern (Audit) in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern (Audit) in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and collaborative working culture; managers will empathise with you and not generally place you under excessive pressure. Generally good promotion prospects- can expect to be promoted every few years or so in early career as long as you meet targets. This will be boosted by "Vision 2020" strategy to double in size- firm needs to add to its partner base by nurturing young talent. Work-life balance is generally reasonable, can fluctuate depending on what stage of the project you're at but it's not as strenuous as some alternative employers. Opportunities to move around offices regionally and participate in international secondments if you're good.

    Cons

    Work can be dull at times particularly at the junior level, although this applies to most graduate jobs. Some roles e.g. audit require a lot of travel to some less than glamorous regional locations, sometimes with a lot of nights spent in budget hotels. Some colleagues don't take your feedback very seriously, so it's important to carefully manage their perception of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great school leaver program

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

    I worked at EY as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive - great for individual progression

    Cons

    n/a - maybe could allow to pick dept. before joining

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    First year associate at EY

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good reputation, challenging work, understanding colleagues, training contract, expenses for working late

    Cons

    Busy season 50+ hour weeks, often weekend work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep promises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at EY full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good culture, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes hours are too long.

  8.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance even when working in deal environment. Good people and culture - good focus on training and development.

    Cons

    Compensation below market. Benefits are OK - probably not as good as key competitors. Feedback process is not effective resulting in unfair promotions/ratings in many instances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining good people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Manager, IT Advisory London

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

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

    Pros

    Big projects, blue chip clients, good training opportunities, good company if you have ambition and drive. EMEA travel if you enjoy this.

    Cons

    Long hours, side of desk/after hours work needed to get a head at senior levels. No pay rises without progression through bands or promotion. Progression and promotion is competitive and difficult. No bonus structure of note.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start your career and learn

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

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

    Pros

    - High profile clients
    - Great projects if you are a high performer and fight for them
    - Good developmental opportunities and guidance

    Cons

    - Some colleagues are mediocre

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good industrial placement & first experience of corporate world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Reputation as the people-orientated firm of the Big Four is a fair one as EY offer a range of flexible benefits (FlexEY), CSR days and personal development / training opportunities
    - Work-life balance : hours vary massively depending on project you are assigned to and generally a 50 week can be seen as average but often would be more

    Cons

    - The level of commitment to the role and the firm as a whole can be rather galling when one compares salaries / compensation offered in the Big Four to other firms, particularly so at the graduate / qualifying level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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