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Lots of social events, variety of projects to work on - good atmosphere and team bonding. Good career progression prospects, but difficult to make partner as with all big 4 firms.
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Overall very long hours

Long hours,office politics, lack variety of portfolio , lack of internal mobility,learning curve is steep,a lot of training,27 days annual leave and some good benefits
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Inclusive work environment
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Energising work tasks
  • Sense of belonging


Title: "Great Experience as a Microsoft Software Engineer"I had the opportunity to work as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, and I can confidently say it was a fantastic experience. Microsoft is a well-established company known for its cutting-edge technology and innovation, and it didn't disappoint.As a Software Engineer, I found the work environment to be highly collaborative and filled with talented professionals. The company's commitment to diversity and inclusion was evident in the diverse teams I had the pleasure of working with.One of the standout aspects of working at Microsoft was the ample learning and growth opportunities. The company encourages employees to continuously enhance their skills, which is essential in the tech industry. I had access to numerous resources, training programs, and chances to attend tech conferences.Moreover, Microsoft's dedication to work-life balance was evident. While there were times when we had to meet tight deadlines, the overall work culture allowed for flexibility and encouraged a healthy work-life balance.In terms of compensation and benefits, Microsoft offers a competitive package, including excellent healthcare, retirement, and stock options. This added to the overall positive experience of working there.Overall, as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, I had the privilege of working on exciting projects, collaborating with talented individuals, and growing as a professional. Microsoft is undoubtedly a top-tier tech company, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to further their career in the tech industry.
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Challenging work

Challenging work that keeps you motivated. Helpful team and opportunity for progression. Great supported study when doing exams. Long hours is only downside
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Good benefits

They look after you, EY is a good employer. Job can lack a bit of stimulation at times as a receptionist but you can always move around internally quite easily.
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Not bad

Not bad company to work for. Work life balance could be better. People are nice. It can take time to get things done. Health policy could be better. Overall not too bad.
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Challenging, great team environment, flexible

Challenging projects that allow you to push beyond your comfort zone, pay is fair for Big4 once you've gotten to Manager and above level, great colleague environment - not the best benefits and a lot of partner politics that directly impact employees
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Freedom to share ideas but demanding hours

Interesting work, although demanding hours/requirements can make it difficult to sustain. Leadership are keen to listen to ideas and views from all.
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Great company

Working at EY has been an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. From day one, I've been welcomed into a supportive and dynamic environment that encourages growth and innovation.
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Great Place to work

Absolutely love it. Partners are much more reachable than other big 4 - much more receptive to feedback and actually help you with progression. Very open and transparent.
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Long hours and not very interesting work

Long hours and not very interesting work. However, there are nice people within the firm which help you get through busy periods. Could do with improved work/life balance overall.
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Audit, Audit, Audit

If you are planning to get in audit, please re think. Less pay, work is expected to do even on weekends, your team needs you to finish it up no matter how long you worked. Work Life balance is a joke, even including me, i know people who really dont have a life outside work. People who say, they enjoy being in audit, i dont know what they mean by. its a tiring job with too much travelling, it is said that busy season is the only period you would be working for long hours, thats a lie, even after that also you would be working long hours. I know many peers who wanted to leave the place once they get qualified, and some even didnt waited for long, they left for their own good. It is kind of an expectation that even though you are tired, or not feeling well, you need to be always respondive and happy, othewise everything come under review. Any one who is thinking of audit and want to have a life outside work, please dont consider this job, with the salary and the amount of work, this is way less. There would be people defending over my comments, but this is the truth. You can take it as an advice, and expereince the things i said in future, then anyone can understand why the worklife balance is really important and im not suggesting anyone to pick up audit, unless the person have high amount of knowledge with great excel skills.


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long hours, high expectations from a graduate with zero knowledge, some people even mock you for not knowing certain things, some even gets angry and say you are stupid and good for nodding nothing else. its always the people
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Large amount of overtime

Job can be okay when the management on a project is good. There is a lot of pressure and you are expected to work unpaid overtime and study which makes work/life balance impossible.
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Good place to grow your career

EY is a good place to grow and start your career but just be careful when you start to see your career stall then make sure you move. The promotion process is VERY political so once you don’t move up in time make the move.
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Excellent place to work

Brilliant work life balance and the flexibility to work from home. There can be a culture to work long hours which you can avoid if you set your boundaries.
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Great place to work

EY have a great culture. Everyone is helpful and supportive. The work life balance is as you'd expect in audit with busy periods towards year ends, however there is great flexibility to work where and when you like outside of this as long as you get the work done.
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Long hours and poor pay

Long hours, low pay, no bonus, poor middle management, partners too removed to set realistic goals.Pros: good junior workforce, although 95% will leave when qualified
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Toxic working environment

worth a try in your 20s but have to switch later on. many tasks to do, good opportunities to grow all around, no work-life balance, moderate salary base
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Fun and excellent place

The company's commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration is evident in its supportive and inclusive culture. I have had the opportunity to work on high-profile projects with innovative clients, contributing to real-world solutions that make a difference. The firm also prioritizes professional development and provides exceptional mentorship and training. I appreciate the company's focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, creating a welcoming workplace for all employees. Additionally, the firm's commitment to corporate responsibility and giving back to the community is admirable. Overall, I highly recommend this Big 4 consultancy as an employer. It offers a dynamic and challenging work environment, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture that fosters growth, inclusion, and impact.
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Great working environment

The staff at EY are very helpful and want you to succeed. There is also a lot of room for growth and development through qualifications/ certifications.
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Stressful place to work

There are some nice people here but overall it is a machine. Very stressful environment and you can expect to be working well beyond your contracted hours every day.


Good pay if you progress enough


Long hours, just a cog in a machine
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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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