EY
3.6 of 5 3,800 reviews
www.ey.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

EY Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.6 3,800 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger

Mark Weinberger

(436 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance"
    in 175 reviews
  • "A good place to start if you want a career in accounting"
    in 90 reviews
Cons:
  • "very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political"
    in 516 reviews
  • "On many critical assignments, you will have to put in long hours on a consistent basis"
    in 568 reviews
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Brilliant environment to thrive

Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at EY full-time

ProsThe support provided by your seniors is fantastic. There is a wealth of knowledge and opportunity at your fingertips & everyone you meet has a sharp mind. A stimulating place to work and gain great experience.

The firm also has a great ethic - the values and vision are noble and inform the day to day workings within EY.

ConsThis is a minor point but if you are working in Advisory be prepared to travel - a lot. There is an uneven distribution of resources and clients, so you will often find yourself living out of a suitcase for a few weeks. This is a con and a pro in some respects, but the focus of jobs in London places an undue amount of stress on travelling.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn line with the 'con' - please consider a better distribution of resources as there is an awful lot of travelling which is neither budget efficient nor green.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great peope, great atmosphere, great opportunities

Associate (Current Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

ProsThe people (collegues and clients)

ConsLong hours at times, un-stimulating work at times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Brilliant place to be!

Advisory Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat opportunities to take your capabilities to the next level

ConsVery very competitive and steep learning curve if new to working in the environment of an audit firm as there are many regulations to comply with

Advice to Senior Managementencourage work life balance a bit more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Varied experience, nothing amazing.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at EY for more than 3 years

Pros1. Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance. But it is always subject to the whim of your Engagement Director.

2. Varied work and diverse range of clients.

3. Varied work locations are available (client sites mainly around the UK and Europe) for those who enjoy travelling.

Cons1. EY consultants are intelligent and able to contribute in many ways. However, considering the extortionate fees charged by the firm, it is certainly not good value. Rates charged by the firm for a senior consultant, even after a "discount", are unjustifiable.

2. EY's idea of a training and development consists of accountancy training for those who are aligned to a graduate scheme. For those who are experienced hires, EY subjects them to a series of repeating courses on problems solving and communication; both of which should be standard for any employee anyway. There is little or no real training for experienced hires and technical skills development never happens.

3. Generic managers and senior managers love to spend their time documenting and producing PowerPoint presentations to "impress" the client, while its the senior consultants and consultants who complete the tangible work of any real value to the client.

4. EY reserves the right to retract any holiday approval even AFTER the holiday has been booked without paying for the holiday cancellation costs. It's rare, but it can happen since there is no protection afforded by HR. This can leave you out of pocket or out of a job. Hugely unfair and unprofessional.

5. Pay is above average, but not enough given the number of hours worked and effort.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop your staff. Let them grow and pay more!

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Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood environment
Good culture
Good work/life balance for some (not for everyone)

ConsPolitics
Promotions are based on multiple factors
Compensation - small increases over the years that don't even cope with inflation

Advice to Senior ManagementAttention should paid to what the employees (analyst to Senior Manager) have to say and how these things can be addressed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Executive (Current Employee)

I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

ProsWork id driven by people
Commitment to individuals' career
support research and development

ConsPromotion cycle do not support work-life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementNo favortism

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Opens doors

Advisory Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsPeople you work with are fantastic

ConsI don't mind working hard but the amount of work demanded is very high

Advice to Senior ManagementI believe the firm is heading in the right direction

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The best company ever to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at EY

Prosinternational opportunities, broader global exposure than other big 4 firms

ConsNothing to say! Nothing Nothing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for the CV, not for your health

Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI was lucky enough to get some great projects and work with great people.
Huge opportunity to build your network.
ALP course is very useful, benfitted hugely from it.

ConsPay and rations poor, then Leadersip get spooked by attrition!
Very hierarchical, therefore limited senior client exposure.
Partners all but invisible, except when senior client meetings happen.
Mentoring, very diffcult to come by

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and realise your people are your best resource and treat them with consideration and respect

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start your career

Tax (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at EY full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople - especially if you join on the graduate scheme you will make friends for life
Culture - supportive and bullies are usually managed out
Big - if you end up working for an idiot it's easy to move to another team

ConsHours, stress, lack of juniors and admin staff to do the work so you end up charging clients 500+ an hour for doing filing, printing, scanning and posting.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire juniors and become a strengths based employer

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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