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EY Audit Senior Reviews

Updated 22 October 2017
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  1. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good it's all really good good

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  2. "Audit Senior"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to senior executives and a variety of businesses
    Plenty of responsibility

    Cons

    Poor performance review system
    Poorly rewarded for responsibility
    High levels of stress

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation for employees


  3. "Senior in Assurance Banking & Capital Markets"

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    Current Employee - Senior In Banking & Capital Markets (Assurance) in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior In Banking & Capital Markets (Assurance) in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, occasional flexible working

    Cons

    No bonuses for assurance associates below manager level. Poor employee retention for qualified executives (seniors), thus high employee turnover rate. Long hours during busy season (January-March).

    Also slow career progression to Assistant Manager and Manager levels.

    Advice to Management

    Include bonuses for associates below manager level, especially for executives. High employee turnover rate among qualified executives due to lack of retention initiatives.


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  5. "Good place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to hone your skills. I suppose like any other of the big 4, you get the large clients to work on. Partners lie on both ends of the spectrum. They are generally friendly and are willing to hear you out. Truly invested in quality (audit) and development.

    Cons

    Progressions and promotions can often be based on ever moving goal posts.

    Advice to Management

    Get your progression, promotion and overall staff development structure right and make it more transparent. The firm is a fantastic place to work, but getting this wrong often means, you lose good people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to start with, but a lot of politics and brain-washing to justify working for free is a great lifestyle"

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    Current Employee - Assurance Senior (ACA Qualified) in London, England
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior (ACA Qualified) in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - engage with different types of clients. Understand the clients a lot more if you have continuity;
     - time is provided to study ACA;
     - flexible working if you are senior;
     - some nice people around you;
     - one of the best places to be trained as accountant;
     - genuine nice partners (normally those who has been a partner for a while)

    Cons

    - extremely low pay per hour, if you add all the overtime spent into it. Also I believe EY offers the lowest pay among big four;
     - if your manager is disorganised, don't care and not supportive, you will end up in a lot of trouble and spend all your weekend on things;
     - Also too many hierarchy: sometimes manager and senior manager speak different things and you end up waiting days to do things later on being told not necessary;
     - promotion, rating is all about who you know. You can work your axx off but still not getting any reward apart from a thank you card;
     - you will never be only working on one client; there will always be left overs and you are expected to carry on working. This is bad for resourcing (understaffed);
     - bonus is a joke;
     - you need to be 'promoted' to assistant manager before going for manager; none of the big four does this;
     - some regional offices have very bad office politics going around;
     - brain-washing culture: setting up impossible goal and even if achieved there is zero reward to staff. Sugar-coat everything and made people believe that money doesn't matter and it is OK to lose market share etc.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest? Maybe contribute 1-5% of the partner share as staff pay or bonus?
    A lot of people leaving because of the above, but no action taken apart from recruiting more people from other countries.


  7. "Audit Senior"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Southampton, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well know brand. Good learning experience. Opens up opportunities in the market

    Cons

    Long hours. Work life balance takes strain. Stressful job with tight deadlines. No overtime payment


  8. "Audit Senior"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Excellent opportunities to learn and progress in your career

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Bonuses are trivial
    Salaries not competitive


  9. "Audit senior"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big 4 and training contract given

    Cons

    Work life balance during long periods of the year

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  10. "Employment at EY"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of clients allow you to improve your technical skills. Also working mostly with young professionals even makes long and tough working hours fun

    Cons

    There is not any fair promotion system. There is not any certain rules set which leaves it on management's hands. Long working hours also a disadvantage. Coaching is week and people tend to leave you on your own to struggle.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many people that are committed to that company, you should please them rather than trying to attrack more temporary people.


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big employer, opportunities to work for big clients, have secondment contracts, travel, etc.

    Cons

    awful life/work balance, strange and sometimes badly educated subordinates, HR is complete disaster + very high turnover of seniors, management became pushy and overall is becoming worse as time passes

    Advice to Management

    implement people first in reality, not as a purte slogan