EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
4,686 Reviews
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Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 234 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 673 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 711 reviews)

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  1.  

    First year associate at EY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly organisation with great opportunities if you go out and take them

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

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

    Pros

    Culture and values are very strong at EY. Overall it is a good place to work and would definitely recommend EY as an employer of choice.

    Cons

    Can be hard to progress quickly, promotions etc are done yearly and conducted by a round table team so someone else fights your corner for you. There are lots of opportunities but they are sometimes hidden and you need to really put in the effort to take advantage of these.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great firm - good people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    People agenda in good and contantly being looked at

    Cons

    uncompetitive salary and under budget headcount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more (good!) people quickly so that we are not under pressure to deliver on the ambitious growth strategy

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