1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Audit Associate - Carrying out low level audit work, looking at different areas, wide range of experience, frequent interaction with client
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Developed audit and accounting skills, as well as becoming more confident due to situations I've been put in
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Hours can be long, and there can be high pressure on certain jobs with tight deadlines which is stressful. The teams and office in general have been very good and generally helpful. I think the course being drawn out over 5 years is possibly for retention purposes, and I don't think it's entirely necessary.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I have received a few recognition awards which are helpful but as we are the lowest level it can sometimes feel like we are not as valued as higher level.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured currently. May be less so in higher years.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
ICAEW and Kaplan have provided high level support and materials
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Counsellor is easily accessible, generally support is given well on jobs.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As we are expected to work very long hours especially during busy season I think the salary should be adapted to reflect this, or to give us time back as currently the amount we are paid at a lower level can fall below minimum wage when we do work excessive hours.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There have been numerous company events that I've been involved in and the office is very sociable which makes working a lot better
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I think overall it's a good place to develop yourself and the perks do outweigh the bad points, but I think as the course is drawn out over 5 years I'd probably recommend the graduate route over this one.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
A willingness to attempt things and being friendly goes a long way. You will be expected to work more hours than you are contracted frequently.
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