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Great workplace but not my cup of tea

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Worked as a consultant. Everyone in the office was bright, professional and helpful. Management was great too, vacations and days off, as well as work from home, was never a problem. It’s just the nature of work and clients and lack of flexibility in thinking of the stakeholders involved that limited sense of purpose in everyday work.
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Interesting

It was an interesting place to work because although stressful, the experience l got when l left was next to none and it really set me up for the future.
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Secure and Flexible

Flexible working, great benefits and rewards/recognition/bonus. Very secure job, great values and a strong company vision. Office’s modern and pretty much in every city

Pros

Great benefits

Cons

Lots of work
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Senior Auditor

Long hours in busy season and don't feel you are rewarded in terms of pay. Very little benefits. Good culture at the firm. Get work from home 3 days a week.

Pros

Good culture

Cons

Long hours
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Collaborative workplace

Good learning and development opportunities and focus. Large firm, so can get caught up in areas you may not be interested in. Good culture in general, but can depend per team
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Development opportunities

Decent place to work that is obviously a big name within the accounting industry. People are big on coaching and seeing you develop as an individual and as a professional.
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Great for start of career but very long hours

Great for start of career and the company has a clear career progression, howver it is very normal to work very long hours and it feels like you have to with the workload resulting in high emoloyee turnover.
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Fast paced culture

There is an extremely fast paced culture, which means you have to think on your feet and develops your problem solving skills. This can be beneficial if the hours matched expectations

Pros

Good for the Cv

Cons

Bad work life balance
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Micro managed & unrealistic opportunities

Constant changes and increasing workload with very little help, unrealistic promotion sights with such a varied workload it’s near impossible to progress in any which way, any thoughts or suggestions not taken onboard unless your high up

Pros

Generous benefit options and annual salary review

Cons

Micro-Managed, no support or gratitude and wellbeing not considered
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Fast paced, stressfull

Fast paced, stressfull, lot of opportunities, chance to travel, talented colleagues, high expectations, opportunities for progression for those that take the opportunities
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Great place to learn technical advisory skills early in your career. D&I and Talent Management is average on their best day.

I have developed a good network, experienced working in different offices and in different teams. If your face does not fit, you will not make Partner. Very few Partners pull others up - most protect their territory. The company culture is well advanced in Europe. African and MENA cultures are control oriented and hierarchical.

Pros

Tremendous opportunity to learn in early career

Cons

Political
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Over worked and under paid

If you are a foreigner promotion is a lot tougher as they favour British born employees you can see it across Audit mainly. A high turn over of staff and no retention policy in place unless you have skills in short supply. There is a lot of talk about creating a better world but not for employees the work is relentless and remuneration not equal. It’s a boot camp get 12 months and move on really not worth it.

Pros

Good brand to work for

Cons

Excessive long hours
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Good place to learn. Zero meritocracy. Promotion based on loyalty and brownnosing

Pros: okay if you u dont want to be fired (they dont fire bad performing staffs)Cons : No meritocracy. Promotion based 100% on the number of yearswith the firm and loyalty. Brown nosing expected in order to be promoted. No bonus. Difficult to move from one department to another. Lying management about pay and promotion.

Pros

Learning, early years

Cons

Zero meritocracy. Brownnosing expected
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Great place to work

You can learn a lot of skills which you can use in any other business, both technical and soft skills. Smart, good working colleagues, a lot of training, challenging projects. Fantastic networking opportunities with the firm. If you stay a year or 10 years, you will enjoy it. To the contrary, work life balance is not optimal, but still not as bad as in other consulting firm. There is emphasis on diversity. From a certain level up or exit.

Pros

People, projects, learnign opportunities, network

Cons

poor work life balance, package not very competitive
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Good pay, but cut-throat culture

While firms like EY pay well, jobs are cut regularly, either as a result of restructures or even due to slight drops in revenue. Many staff are ladder climbers and it does have a cut throat culture and fake sense of friendliness.

Pros

Pay

Cons

Dictatorship management style
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Abysmal

The work ethic at EY is work till you drop some tax and assurance teams burn out. If you are applying for a service position take heed. That unless you are applying for a management position you are simply dirt and some staff members will simply not engage correctly with you there is no support from your managers should you make a complaint you will become a target for managers

Pros

Good colleagues

Cons

Bad management and work hours boring as sin just like the matrix
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Not ideal long term.

For audit and assurance business line - EY UK actually cares about its people compared to the other big 4, however, in audit there is no getting away from the cons.

Pros

Supportive and approachable partners and management, cares about its people, gain good experience of client business and learn a lot within a short space of time

Cons

Not a viable long term career option for many, consistently overworked, underpaid, only good if you have no family life, management can do very little about cons, it's just the nature of audit, Get your experience and leave asap
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Good place to start career

You learn a lot and are exposed to diverse work. On the whole, people are very friendly although the environment can be quite intense and competitive.
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Disappointing experience

Spent 5.5 years there.. Great reputation, lots of opportunities but unless you are a favourite or your manager fully supports you, you will not progress. It's a shame it took me all that time to realise.
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Great place to work

Great place to work, and offers lots of flexibility for working mums. However, it does depend on the team you are in, as he ends up deciding what level of flexibility people can avail.
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I am will to go back to work part time after lockdown is over when all is clear

I am hardworking and fully flexible, I am a team player, also willing to learn . I have a huge network of client connections and have no problems in conversing with anyone.
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Based on 8,267 reviews

Ratings by category

3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.8 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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