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EY Senior Associate Reviews

Updated 15 October 2017
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  1. "5 years of experience at Ernst &Young LLP"

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

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

    Pros

    EY has given me the best of opportunities to learn and implement knowledge. The best place to work with a good environment and grow in career.

    Cons

    EY has three months busy season and extended working hours. I have always been flexible to stay in office to meet my client's urgent deadline. The only challenge is EY doesn't pay extra for extended hours shift.


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    "Build a Better Working Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice London offices

    Lots of soft skill learning available

    Business services are responsive and helpful

    Powerpoint skills are now through the roof. You will learn how to align all the shapes.

    Cons

    If you are hired as an experienced professional, then it doesn't matter what you did previously, you will be put on whatever engagement is available across the advisory business and that can be anywhere in the UK/abroad on short notice for long periods of time. It usually works out as a horrible game of pass the parcel, so make sure you have a good reason ready to try and avoid it being you

    If you do not have a Partner who will back you up, you are at the mercy of the resourcing staff.

    When you are parachuted into a completely new subject area, if you succeed, then it's EY's success, if you struggle then it's you the individual who is to blame.

    If you try and avoid that situation, you are called 'inflexible' and placed onto a Performance Improvement Plan 'to improve your consulting skills' i.e. the art of winging it when you don't know the subject area.

    If you try and tell your Counsellor or Pod Director you are in the wrong team as you are being put on engagements that are not relevant to your experience, then you will be reassured and then ignored. See previous paragraph.

    Team mates/colleagues will point blank ignore you before and after you have served a specific purpose that benefits them. Be ready for plenty of awkward lift rides.

    As such, there is next to no team spirit. EY have recognised this by trying to assign each other 'buddies' and 'family trees' forcing people to try and become friends with each other.

    Your half year and year end reviews happen in a meeting you are not invited to. The scores you collate from your peers are rejected and your actual performance is decided by people who have next to nothing to do with you.

    I didn't actually learn anything new about my subject area during my time with EY. I solely relied upon my previous knowledge (when it was even relevant to my work).

    Cheaper to eat outside as the canteen has no price reductions.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with people during the recruitment process. I felt like I was totally mis-sold EY and the role I would be undertaking.

    EY approached me about joining a specific team and undertaking specific projects. I was placed into a different team with a different skillset and every project I was placed on, my engagement team expected skills that I had never done before, making me partially useless.

    Play to individual's strengths, don't just try and turn them into a generalist consultant and putting them into awkward situations with big clients.


  3. "EY"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big 4, Global, Flexible, Opportunities

    Cons

    Demanding. Pressure, High expectations, competition


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  5. "Test Lead/Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England

    I have been working at EY (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, Good work environment, Reliable, Co-operative

    Cons

    There are no items to mention


  6. "Good Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

    Pros

    Good Brand Name
    Good Training
    Many Growth opportunities

    Cons

    too big to grow unless you are good at politics

    Advice to Management

    remove layers and layers of hierarchy


  7. "Experience of a Lifetime"

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

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

    Pros

    Thirty five hours of standard working hours per week.
    Wide client portfolio within your chosen industry.

    Cons

    No overtime pay but with allowances for late night work (meals and travel).


  8. "Review Title"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY (More than a year)

    Pros

    Latest technologies are used and implemented in projects

    Cons

    hectic work load and no working from home option available


  9. "Senior Associate - Markets Enablement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great company to have started with

    Cons

    No cons as such for EY


  10. "A great place to enter the world of work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well looked after, and a great sense of community. Good exposure to clients early on, with most partners very happy to get you involved with clients early on.

    Cons

    Some frustrations with internal processes but this is not unlike many other work places.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expose junior staff to clients, this keeps staff with you - that's why they want to work for a professional services firm. It is easy to become disillusioned when you are doing work that isn't directly for clients.


  11. "Good company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people - lot to learn from

    Cons

    Hierarchy, not always much client interaction at junior level. Huge salary disparity between levels