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Very hands on and productive. Co workers are nice. You're kept very busy but it's not draining. Really enjoyed my time as a intern at the company. Very nice view too
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Trudging through the treacle of process and incompetant workers

It's been a very gruelling and unrewarding experience working in EY - managers only care about process and distributing blame and the myriad contractors I have to work with are highly unskilled and have terrible communication skills. This means if a contractor has a question, I'd provide a response to them, and if they don't understand the response, instead of saying so, they'd just ask the question again later on. It also means despit being a developer I often have much greater skill (and apparently experience) in these contractors' roles, be it UI/UX, QA or DevOps. We've had circumstances like a BA not knowing how to create User Stories and at one point we brought on a purported senior developer who didn't know what Git was!We have interminable meetings with huge numbers of people, all of whom with cameras off and muted. This makes it very difficult to remember you are on the call with humans, and means you're spending a lot of time making next to no progress.The software process is Wagile (read Waterfall) with sprints being static and designed to suit Scrum Masters and management rather than for the people they were created to assist: developers.Salary raises are effectively non-negotiable.


Big corporate pluses like pension and workplace provisioning is nice


Management, death by mindless process, unskilled colleagues
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Solid but not appealing for the long-term

Hard work but rewarding. I didn't want to stay after I completed my training contract, and I definitely wasn't alone in that amongst my cohort. Better salaries elsewhere.
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Audit is not worth it.

Audit is underpaid and extremely mundane and dry. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. PAS, Consulting and Advisory are way better compensated and have more rewarding work.
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Competitive environment with growth opportunities

Really great brand recognition, bright colleagues, lots of opportunities to learn grow and advance your career. Opportunities to work with premium and prestigious clients.


Learning, training


Very competitive and long hours
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Fast paced

Your general experience is quite heavily determined by management and your team/connections. If you build the right network, life can be a little easier.Long hours required and busy seasons can take a toll. It can be difficult to time holiday as cover is limited, so you’ll often work up the hours on your return to get yourself back to the same place as before you left. Flexible working helps but again is determined on the culture of your team.


Flexible working


Work/life balance, compensation
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Good place for graduates

Fast pace, good progression, nice people, good place for graduates to start their career in finance / accounting Workload and deadlines can be stressful
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small and stressful engagements

with the small leftover engagements from London practise, stress is more but salaries and learning is less than rewarding.expect struggles with staffing and toxic working environment.
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Internship / Work Experience

Ernst and Young is an established, known accounting firm making it into the Big 4. Offers students a 1 week programme where they can gain insight into the services EY provide such as: audits, taxes, legal services etc. They pay you too and provide you the chance to gain a qualification in CMI at level 2. Great for those that have an interest within those fields.


Good pay


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Low pay, benefits non-existent but will learn a lot

Pros:-Collaborative collegiate environment - doesn’t feel competitive at all. Relatively young workforce, it’s almost scary how similar everyone’s personality is-So many courses/trainings, L&D opportunities (sometimes we get paid to just sit around and do trainings) -You will learn a lot at EY. It’s often joked that 5 years at EY is like a year in industry- which is definitely true. -flexible working: at least in it audit no one is really bothering you to come into the office.-for the most part, no micro managing-inclusive & accepting environment Cons:-low pay -below manager level, no incentive to perform. no bonus, no over-time or time off in lieu. -deceptive use of “consultant” when we work on audits 99.9% of time-work-life balance non-existent in busy season (leading to burn out and very high turnover)-promotion/progression v scripted and based on years of service and other requirements -difficult transferring to a different service line (if you are successful is really determined by you Network at EY, how well liked you are, performance and networking)-surrounded by workaholics that can sometimes expect more of you than needed
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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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Not what I expected

Terrible place to work, would not recommend to anyone. Better off working for a smaller firm so you are able to have a life instead of constantly working every day of the week
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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


Great benefits


Lots of work
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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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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


Good for the Cv


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


Generous benefit options and annual salary review


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.


Tremendous opportunity to learn in early career


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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.


Good brand to work for


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.


Learning, early years


Zero meritocracy. Brownnosing expected
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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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