1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Senior. I am in charging of running the audit team whilst on client site to ensure all the work is done by our deadline. I am also expected to undertake some of the work as well.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am currently undertaking my ACA qualification. EY also provides us large amount of training course so that our knowledge is up to date.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme. I work with some fantastic teams and have some great clients. I'm constantly being pushed in a way that helps to keep the job exciting.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Within my own department in my office I feel very valued. Everyone from all levels is supportive and encouraging and helps to recognise when I've done a good job. However, as an organisation I feel I can be sometimes forgotten about.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is structured well however I feel it is more favourable to the corporate side of assurance so I often get left studying in my busy period whereas this wouldn't happen for them. They are very clear on when we will be sitting which exams and when we are expected to qualify.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Kaplan is a fantastic training provider. I feel their regional office in Cambridge is more supportive as they have fewer students which enables to tutors to work with us more one on one.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
EY has been very supportive with my dyslexia.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think our salary is fairly poor for the work I do. I'm expected to undertake the work of a senior but only get paid the salary of a first year graduate. I don't see how this is fair as I am undertaking more complex work, taking on more responsibility and have to undergo more training. I also don't think it is very representative of the local area and would not be able to move out of the family home yet.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I've done some fantastic thing because of EY. I was able to speak at the ICAEW Base competition in 2015, I've attended an award show, I was able to tour round Twickenham (I'm a big rugby fan), travel to Amsterdam and get involved in some really enjoyable charity events.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Overall I think it is a fantastic company to work for. There is obviously some improvements needed but no company can be perfect.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Just be yourself. I think it is fantastic that EY would rather get to know you as a person rather than look just at grades. Let them see that you will fit into the business and you have great people skills.
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