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Nothing further to add. Typical big 4 environment with the prestige that comes with it. Hard work is required! Life is tough there as a lot of effort required to progress further up the food chain.
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Good company to work with

Good company, a bit fast paced which is usually in all consulting companies At times the amount of work can be overwhelming but sticking around helps.

Pros

Remote

Cons

Long hours
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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

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Good Healthcare

Cons

Long Hours, Micro Management, Hectic
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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.

Pros

Learning, training

Cons

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.

Pros

Flexible working

Cons

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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