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Mazars Auditor Reviews

Updated 15 November 2017
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  • work life balance could be improved (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit School Leaver in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Audit School Leaver in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful supporting Students easing change from School life. They form a Personal relationship, understanding. Help whenever needed. Friendly atmosphere!

    Cons

    Too much pressure at times as you have to balance work life and study for the qualifications and prioritise your time

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  2. "good"

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

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

    Pros

    culture, atmosphere, Diversity, Range of clients,

    Cons

    Difficult progression, limited travel, not much contact with senior management


  3. "Not bad for getting your foot through the door"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Internal Auditor in London, England
    Current Intern - Internal Auditor in London, England

    I have been working at Mazars as an intern

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, training support for a professional qualification, opportunities for client exposure and early responsibility.

    Cons

    Remuneration at junior levels tends to be 1-3k lower than similar roles elsewhere, and in my experience, colleagues were perhaps not the most motivated or ambitious.


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  5. "Blank"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and approachable managers and partners.

    Cons

    Small clients at a regional level.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "The means to an end if there's no other option"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in London, England
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mazars (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helps towards gaining a qualification. It's a means to an end

    Cons

    Management are only focused on cost cutting; their business strategy is to hire graduates, and let their experienced hires leave. What this means is that the quality of work reduces year upon year, training of graduates is haphazard and lower level staff are shouldering responsibilities way above their job descriptions resulting in working in evening and weekends.

    Lack of team spirit; management provides no funds for team building exercises, away days, or encourages team drinks. We work alone on every audit and can go weeks without seeing anyone from the actual company as we travel to client sites all day every day.

    Remuneration; This is just... abysmal.

    Benefits package; You start on 20 annual days leave a year, only increasing once you become qualified or become part of management. Sick leave or study leave COUNT towards your utilization rate, so be careful of taking too many or you'll get a stern talking to.

    Study package; 90% of my year and the years below have resorted to paying out of pocket for extra resources not provided by the company as what is provided does not produce good pass rates. This equates to approx £140 extra spend PER EXAM. We have spoken to management multiple times, but you know. Cost cutting.

    No recognition of work; Management are hesitant to put people up for recognition awards, and even when relevant people are nominated, they wont win unless top management favours them. (This was what I was told by my direct manager)

    Audit quality; Time budgets are laughably tight, and do not account for if your audit is delayed due to client delays. You will have to suck it up and catch up in your own time. If you have a nil assurance audit with 30 recommendations, you can be sure that you'll still get the same amount of time to conduct the audit as you would do if you found 0 recommendations. More seasoned and jaded staff may be inclined to look the other way and hand in a report which they can actually finish on time. There's no way to get a good quality, accurate report if you continue to stick to barebones time constraints.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I can give is to read the Cons list, of which I have described in great detail on my Exit questionaire (which I doubt anyone has actually read).
    I was not even provided with the standard Exit meeting from HR (this was overlooked as they were too busy) so I requested one from management direct. I brought up everything mentioned as above, and I got the response that these are all areas everyone knows about, but will not change because this is the company's business strategy and that's unfortunately how it'll stay.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "A Top-10 firm unable to compete with the others"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor in London, England
    Current Employee - Auditor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is good ownership of work at Mazars- from day one I was thrown in at the deep-end. From planning to reporting, they gave me a lot of responsibility.
    Amazing offices in London- great view of the Tower of London and the City

    Cons

    Salary isn't competitive- hard to justify staying there given other company offerings.
    Not much of a tone from the top- very little culture.
    New people coming in were of a much lower quality- carrying a lot more weight

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff what they deserve- and give management the flexibility to do this.
    HR are shocking and noone seems to know who does what- whenever I needed some help with something I was pointed ten different ways.


  8. "Good experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Audit Intern in Durham, England
    Former Intern - Audit Intern in Durham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mazars as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It helped me gain a good basic understanding of how to perform an audit. Good insight to the organisation and the opportunities they offer.

    Cons

    Routine task. Company culture was quite old-fashioned and not innovative enough to compete with other firms. Limited opportunities outside of audit.

    Advice to Management

    Help interns to broaden their knowledge by allowing them to try different tasks around the organisation, not just perform the same audits repeatedly.


  9. "Could have been better but gained a qualification"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Nottingham, England
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People you work with and meet whilst auditing. The industry exposure is reasonable if you can get allocated a variety of jobs

    Cons

    Diff getting exposure to good jobs, end up with odds and sods if your not assigned good jobs at the outset


  10. "Better training in middle management required"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to train for the accountancy qualification
    Good coverage of large and small audit clients

    Cons

    Standardised training/monitoring for middle management would reduce departmental discrepancies
    Poor incentives for new graduates
    Staffing at middle management and below is lacking
    Resultant lack of team cohesiveness
    Bad coffee

    Advice to Management

    Standardised effective training for middle management
    Greater incentives for new graduates
    Employ sufficient staff to deliver quality results


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Needs must"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Sutton, London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Sutton, London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mazars full-time

    Pros

    ACA exam fees are paid, reasonable hours and they do try to push you to get the most they can out of you/realise your potential.

    Cons

    Lack of trust, them and us culture bergen stag and management, mollycoddling, poor social activities and there's a high turnover of staff after qualifying.