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EY Senior Manager Reviews

Updated 14 October 2017
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  1. "Senior Manager - Financial Accounting and Advisory Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are able to work on many different projects with different teams and clients. Many opportunities to grow with the firm and can lead to many great opportunities outside of the firm.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming if you are not use to a fast pace environment.

    Advice to Management

    The Partners need to be clear with expectations for each level. They aren't always forthright with their teams which could lead to misunderstood expectations.


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    "Like life in a jar full of scorpions"

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

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 'Big Four' name -- i.e., ticking the box.

    Cons

    Continuous open warfare within, between and among the various 'silos.'

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't even know where to begin.


  3. "UK PAS Reward Advisory - AVOID!!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good office environment and a powerful brand which does earn respect in the wider market place

    Cons

    PAS Reward Advisory has a really unhealthy environment right now and is definitely one to be avoided. Following some senior hires in 2016 into the team there has been (and continues to be) a significant amount of turnover and it is not a good place to be. In particular the team has suffered from:
    - some astonishingly poor leadership behaviours and a complete lack of trust between the team and its leadership
    - a number of individuals being placed in long term secondment outside of London (and the UK) with no consideration of individual circumstance and no opportunity to say no!
    - individuals who complain about the current team climate being bullied and isolated from the team by the leadership. No confidence in the internal complaints processes so those individuals just leave the firm.
    - a complete lack of respect and empathy from the partners towards the team
    - individuals in the team having significant amounts of chargeable time wiped off of project codes to protect Partner profit margins
    - ongoing pay freezes and a lack of any bonus awards except for the chosen few
    - Partners with a very clear set of favourites who get put on the best projects and allowed to get away with behaviours that would not be tolerated anywhere else
    - Partners pushing colleagues (even Directors) aside to take over their opportunities and clients when they look likely to deliver a positive outcome
    - a complete lack of a credible, compelling business plan and a dominant focus on just doing what is needed to hit the financial numbers so the Partners look good
    - Partners who just ignore team members in the office and only talk to them when they want something
    - no freedom to operate and do the job that you were hired for thanks to a micro-management and controlling culture with no autonomy or freedoms evident for team members right up to Director level.

    This is clearly not an environment where the individual team members can succeed as all of the focus is on the Partners protecting their own interests and covering their backs. This has become so evident in the last 6-9 months that turnover in the reward advisory team has jumped to the point that nearly half the team have now left. This is not the first time that the firm has tried and failed to build a meaningful reward advisory business. As they go to market to try to recruit again it is clear that word of the team challenges and toxic leadership has certainly got out as evidenced by how long it is taking to find anyone even remotely suitable. By trying to backfill at the lower levels without addressing the real issues in the partner group they look destined to repeat the same mistakes once again. Unfortunately, this is definitely a place to avoid until the leadership and the behaviours change.

    Advice to Management

    EY has an admirable set of ethical behaviours and a code of conduct which it uses to manage its relationships with its clients and , supposedly, with its own employees. However this is clearly not working in the PAS Reward Advisory - someone somewhere needs to really have a look at what it is going on in this team. The Partners have tried to deflect blame onto others (mostly leavers) but they need to take responsibility - surely the fact that so many of the team have left/ is leaving must tell you something or are they all wrong? It is difficult to see how the reward team can fulfil its potential with its current Partner clique who are all ex-KPMG and stick together. Partners elsewhere in PAS have commented on this previously but action does need to be taken. You had the making of a great team 12 months ago but they have now all left - or are serving their notice which should tell anyone thinking of joining the team in London all they need to know!!


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    "Typical Big 4 firm"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good talents to work with, good opportunities if you know the right people. Nice office location. Pay is on par with market although bonus is a waste of time.

    Cons

    You can spend 8 years working really hard and sacrificing personal time for them to help enable a 20% growth each year. At your final year when the economic situation meant that revenue growth is at a "paltry" 11% instead of the usual 20% they toss you out on your ear with no explanations except that you are no longer relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Treasure your good people and pay them properly.

    The payroll team messes up everyone's salaries every year so there's always the annual shock of receiving letters from HMRC about £x,xxx of underpaid taxes.


  6. "Good memories but down to your manager"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Opportunities to move within the firm in a lateral career move. If you are a high performer, international opportunities and mentoring

    Cons

    Long work hours. Flex working depends entirely on what kind of manager you have and what part of the business you work in, so all the worklife balance talk is just talk. All about which Partners are in your corner.

    Advice to Management

    Put your money where your mouth is re flex working. Recognise there are people that are terrible managers even if they are good workers. Recognise the junior and grunt workers


  7. "EY - A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'd recommend EY as a great place to work. People are the heart of the organisation. It's purpose lead, inclusive, diverse and consists of like minded professionals who team together. You feel you can bring your whole self to work and are encouraged to do so. You have the ownership to build your own career and have the support to do this as well as balancing this with your day to day life.

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in our people and living our values, it's what makes us unique and EY such a great place to work


  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Contractor - Senior Manager in London, England

    I worked at EY as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Day rate was good
    Good teams and colleagues generally look to help

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Lack of decision making; Consequently lots of rework and delays which was frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Do a bit more than just talk about work life balance


  9. "Good employer, very people focused"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very proactive on D&I and genuinely does put people first. Your career is what you make of it, no one will hold you back if you demonstrate the drive and focus - though you will be called out if you have bad behaviour towards others to get to where you want to get to.

    Cons

    Because the focus on your career is whatever you make of it, if you want to change roles internally, or explore other options, sometimes it can be difficult for lack of guidance.


  10. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Most Human of the Big 4"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand, swish offices, driven people, big on D&I agenda, good variety of clients and opportunities to work abroad if that's your thing.

    Cons

    As with other big 4, not for the work shy or those that don't like travel (in Advisory at least). Getting on means standing out amongst your peer group as a star and getting the right sponsors. That's easier for those that don't have other commitments and are naturally extrovert.

    Advice to Management

    Sense that the D&I agenda might be skewing advancement opportunities away from a level playing field. Will lose good people if it looks as though they are being passed over in order to tick the right boxes.