EY Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated 16 September, 2014
Updated 16 September, 2014
4,460 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 199 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 582 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 634 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally happy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Tax Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - International Tax Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you work hard and are valued they will do what they can to keep you with the company and satisfied.

    Cons

    Haven't managed to work out how to have a satisfying and challenging working life whilst maintaining sensible hours and work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting insight into working for a big four firm in a regional office. Wasn't as challenging as I'd have liked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people, always happy to help and going above and beyond to make me feel welcome and to give me exposure to different aspects of work, buddy and counsellor system worked well, very good summer internship team, who organised some very good socials

    Cons

    Not enough work, often found myself lacking a task, the city wasn't great, a little too friendly, not enough ambition, audit work can be dull, all the regional intern events were in Manchester, which is too far away, perhaps UK regional should be organised separately from Scotland so that the events can be run in the Midlands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure the internship in a way that allows interns enough work to do (possible take on less interns if needs be)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good for career development, but high potential for burn out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working for EY gives you a fantastic breadth of experience and exposure to both firms and people. It's a fantastic way to enhance your career if you are prepared to put in the effort. Compared to other Big 4 EY also comes across as having a more relaxed culture.

    Cons

    Like every consulting role, you will be worked hard. At certain points in the year 45 hour weeks + are just the expected norm and you cannot question this. If you really want to make Manager/Sen Manager then 45+ becomes the norm all year round. Internal promotion guidelines are often very inflexible with no of years of experience often being a barrier to high performers making manager/sen manager grade "early". Pay is just OK for the work you are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try more to combat burn out through either better engagement rotation or better remuneration packages. Take a more flexible approach to promotion process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Content here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible working
    More laid back than other "big 4"
    Very focussed on pushing you up and through the company with help from a dedicated career counsellor

    Cons

    Promotions come once every few years even when operating at a high level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great and interested one

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer Electrical Bias  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer Electrical Bias in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very Friendly People and Management are very Effective

    Cons

    Good on Training and Discipline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management do give you Bonuses to those who go the extra mile

  7.  

    Good for development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great for diverse experience. Truly global firm.

    Cons

    Salary & bonus not competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    EY SM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - people
    - values
    - dedication to work

    Cons

    - high pressure
    - lack of strategy in cap markets
    - opportunistic management, lack of willingness to invest in content development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish Cap Markets strategy and follow up on vision 2020

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunities in abundance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Variety and opportunities in abundance.

    Cons

    The Hours in busy season - January to April.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good exposure to a variety of opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around and try new jobs / experiences.

    Cons

    Every department is completely different and feels like you are working for a different company. It is luck of the draw of which team you end up in. Flexibile working makes it a good work life balance. However work volumes can be very high at times which does not give you a good balance. Salaries are lower than the average, but experience and training are very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very low representation of Women in Senior Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Potentially a lot of opportunities to grow and expand
    Work-life balance is good in FIDS
    Variety of groups to join

    Cons

    Negligible bonus structure
    Hard to get support from other teams due to politics
    Everyone is too focused on achieving their goals for promotion to help/support others who aren't their counselees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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