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EY Associate Reviews

Updated 21 July 2018
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  • "Work life balance when not on a long term engagement" (in 831 reviews)

  • "Learn a lot of things, have many opportinuties to do hands-on projects" (in 312 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Management Associate in Southwark, England
    Former Employee - Financial Management Associate in Southwark, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and ability to grow within the organisation

    Cons

    You can be regarded as just as small cog

    Advice to Management

    Communicate


  2. "6 months in and I can't take it...but I should for my future"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Audit Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Contractor - Audit Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EY as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very good to have Big 4 experience

    - Time off incorporated into contract to study towards chartered accounting exams

    - People genuinely are willing to help if you need it (most of the time)

    Cons

    - Hours aren't amazing, expect to work whatever hours necessary to complete the work even if you have left one engagement and moved onto another

    - Thrown into the deep end with almost everything, it may be good for experience but not great when you're talking with a client and don't really understand what you're on about

    - Problems seem to occur all the time, employees always complaining about work-life balance yet nothing seems to be done about this and generally just a stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    Either hire more staff to deal with workloads or reduce client base to offer better value to both clients and staff (would definitely help with staff retention as staff turnover is far too high)

  3. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting clients, supportive colleagues, great training/development

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours, especially when travel time to client site is factored in


  4. "Tax"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance & career opportunities

    Cons

    Office politics and direction of career


  5. "Associate Director, Assurance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong brand, trusted advisor role to clients, seen as a premium consultancy

    Cons

    Very top heavy, difficult to get promoted, face must fit to progress (rather than merit based).

    Advice to Management

    Perform a cross business, Lean review of processes. Integrate and automate admin systems.


  6. "Hard"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hardworking, experience, a lot of young people

    Cons

    Hardworking, team leaders, attitiude, it, clients


  7. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EDiscovery Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - EDiscovery Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Great office location and building is very modern and comfortable. Very good working environment, everyone is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Starting salary is very poor. Not much chance of rapid progression. Promotions happen once a year at a specific time, and if you miss the criteria you can’t be considered until the next year

    Advice to Management

    Management have been very good. No complaints in that department

  8. "EY Audit Grad Scheme"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for learning, interesting clients to work on.

    Cons

    Teams are pulled out of a hat, and communication issues are common.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Managed Services Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managed Services Associate in Newcastle, England
    Former Employee - Managed Services Associate in Newcastle, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Team Atmosphere, Good Benefits Package

    Cons

    No defined path for Junior staff outside of London

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and progression track outside of London


  10. "Brillianyt for your CV"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY (More than a year)

    Pros

    Able to meet lots of great people. Your weaknesses in the workplace will quickly come to light during feedback processes to make you a better worker.

    Cons

    Working hours are very invariable. As a service provider, you are at the mercy of your client.

    Advice to Management

    Think through large changes before implementation.