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It was okay jot had the office was nice auditbwork is stressful management isn’t that great it’s very hit or miss in terms of the teams you work on and
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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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  • Time and location flexibility
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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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Stressful, Dead End

A good stamp on your CV, but the work load is so varied and hectic and every task is super urgent, you will grind your teeth a lot and be frustrated until you up and leave.The goal post keeps shifting, you never have the time to master your categories. Good for a few years but not healthy or sustainable long term


Good Healthcare


Long Hours, Micro Management, Hectic
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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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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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Good culture

Overall a Good office. Great culture and good top management. Staff turnover is high and long working hours.Pay just average in the market. Bonus are far below. General benefit. 25 days holiday per year
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Great workplace but not my cup of tea

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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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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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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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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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.




Dictatorship management style
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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


Good colleagues


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.


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


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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A joy to work for EY

Typical day work hard, play hard . Competative package. Happy working atmosphere . Management at all levels & staff working together as one team .A pleasure


Good Team spirit


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No progression opportunities, long hours and no recognition for hard work.

EY is great for flexible working and that is the only positive about the role and also the only reason I have stayed at the company so long. Management is a joke and you are expected to work in the same role for 10 years before being considered for promotion. I was doing work as a level above what I was for 2 years before I got promoted. No recognition for working long hours and salary is not very good. Part time staff expected to do full time work in part time hours.
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fun and challenging

was fun and challenging - would recommend but difficult to progress. workplace culture is good and management was good. however, difficult to progress.
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Not what I’d expected, resourcing worrying about their utilisation, diplomatic culture and bullying environment. No wonder so many suffer from mental illness.
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Fast paced with a good culture

Pros: - Good culture, generally the right thing happens (in all regards). - People orientated, a generally positive approach to competition. - Very face paced and rarely dull. - Most of the dull job tasks have been off-shored leaving relatively engaging work in London. Cons: - Dependant on level; work life balance is very poor. (junior/middle management is squeezed, hard) - Very high pressure and always under resourced - Very poor pay per hour (no overtime). Benchmark to equal roles by talent/experience, base pay is low - the bonus in some departments is circa nil. - If your reporting senior management lack strength in challenging clients, the high paced environment can turn into a stressful one.
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Politics politics politics. Not what you know and can do but who you know. Awful. Not recomended. Stay away. That patrticular department was very very bad.
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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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