1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Trainee Associate. a wide variety of low level audit procedures with increasing complexity. Regular interaction with more senior staff and client finance teams. Large use of excel and in house analytical software.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
CFAB qualification in process. Multiple audit related training courses. Increased excel skills and professional environment skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The ability to enjoy the programme is very person dependant, there are lots of benefits to the job but I personally do not like the pressure or stress and time constraints of this type of work.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
As with most companies, particularly large ones, the bottom line is profit. EY do have employee benefits and offer a lot of things small companies cannot but at the end of it all the partners want to walk away with profit (this is not uncommon in companies in general though).
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It's very well organised, EY organise all of the training and allocate time to it, in terms of the training everything is essentially done for you.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
ICAEW provide a lot of support paid for by EY and have high level tutors, I have no complaints.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
EY provide expenses in relation to training, a counsellor and have a friendly environment, overall support is good.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Expenses are covered by EY which is good, for my age and someone not university qualified the salary and future earning potential is very good, however the pay during the training contract is lower than when qualified and they draw this process out for longer than necessary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few opportunities, I wouldn't say there is a lot of emphasis on them but they're there should you wish to get involved.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Unfortunately I do not like the work which audit entails and I would much prefer to take a finance job with less potential elsewhere.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Enthusiasm and being friendly are the best way to get your foot in the door.
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