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EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
4,331 Reviews

3.7
4,331 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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    Assistant Director

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

    Pros

    The assignments are varied and interesting. A great place to build up your work experience. Abitilty to undertake short term international assignments. Can work flexible.

    Cons

    There is little clarity on promorions fro Senior Manager to Partner. Lack of opportunity for longer term transfers internationally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarity around progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic team ethos

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

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Friendly co workers and constant support.

    Cons

    Bonuses may not equal the other big 4 companies, however, working atmosphere makes up for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    R&D consultant

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

    Pros

    Promote personal development. Good corporate benefits with gym and social club. Access to good training sessions to further expand knowledge.

    Cons

    Long hours and demanding work that can be very repetitive at times. Very inconsiderate with recognising when efforts above and beyond are performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more social events between management and consultant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company but career progression is uncertain

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

    Pros

    Multi cultural, good benefit, culture varies across department but generally friendly environment to work in. People respect each other, generally approachable.
    Training resources are plentiful throughout the career. Firm ususally sponsors for ACA or CFA or both..

    Cons

    Uncertainties around promotions - people have to ask to be promoted or it will never happen (so I was told)
    Difficult to find help wrt IT/shared services, everything is done through the phone..
    Lots of hiring / leaving, people move around too often at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive learning experience and on the whole you work with intelligent and motivated colleagues

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

    Pros

    Learning curve is good, opportunities to gain a breadth of client experience and international work experience, good people place

    Cons

    Recognition for effort could be better which includes year end bonus remuneration; will expect you to work hard and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kepp investing in your people as this is the key to retention and improving relationships with clients and fee opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Workplace discrimination?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generally nice people to work with

    Cons

    Unfair - unless you're popular and fit in you won't go far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I tend to find that EY is the type of place that where if the face fits then you'll go far - fast tracked up the corporate ladder and invested heavily in. For others, despite working hard and generating substantial revenues you'll be given empty promises of promotion etc. for a firm that claims to be all-inclusive and diversive it tends to be all talk and no action, not that you want to be treated differently from colleagues - just the same and given the same opportunities. The differences are more prominent in the regions where time and time again i've been amazed that some individuals have been passed over for promotion despite excellent gradings.

  8.  

    EY

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

    Pros

    A lot of client exposure

    Cons

    Unreasonable amount of hours required for a derisory amount of pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Don't do Audit

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

    Pros

    They pay for your qualification and you get to put the EY name on your CV. Those are the two single reasons 80% of people join and then subsequently leave EY (in audit anyway)

    Cons

    Long hours
    Training is 'on the job' ie get thrown in and see how you do. Which is good in some respects, but bad in situations where your seniors are incompetent / absent. Situations like this are often spun as an opportunity to 'step up'
    Senior Managers and Partners seem to have worked in audit for so long that they've lost a chunk of their soul (again, I think this applies more to audit, other departments' personnel seem to have a bit more character)
    Pay has been frozen the last few years (no increases for inflation) and no bonuses since I've been at the firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just occasionally stare up at a cloud and think to yourself: "you know what? There might be something else in the world other than audit"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I was an intern for 6 weeks in the London office (HR Advisory team - at the time this was Tax).

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

    Pros

    I was given the opportunity to absorb and learn from several team members, and my placement manager was considerate in giving one-to-one sessions on a weekly basis to track my goals. I was impressed by the thought and care taken into teaching me organisational structures, how to create documents for clients, etc. There were plenty of social events arranged for interns too, including a ball at the end of the 6 weeks.

    Cons

    The one issue was being pigeon-holed so early on. Understandably, candidates needed to apply to a business unit. Yet as university students who have had little work experience, we didn't fully understand the differences between EY's many departments during application. After being placed in the one team, there was little opportunity to learn what others were doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider exposing interns to other areas of EY in addition to their main department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior advisory role

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

    Pros

    Good reputation doing interesting projects mainly in financial services with a risk, regulatory and compliance flavour

    Cons

    The organisation's culture requires people to be superstars from day one. there is no assimilation time. The organisation says it is collegiate but is not remotely so..actions speak loader than words. No work / life balance what so ever. Poor management of people the higher up the organisation one is at

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the business using American values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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