Assistant Senior at EY

Start Date:
2016
Location:
N/A East of England
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£0 annually
Review Date:
December 2018

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Review Score

5.1/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

5/10

An overview of the role includes auditing and travelling to various client sites to complete financial audits. While there we interact with clients, and produce audit workpapers, as well as work in teams. Furthermore, when not doing this, we are studying towards the ICAEW ACA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

8/10

In the role you learn various skills, and mature greatly as a result of the high pressured environment you work in. An example of the skills obtained include teamwork, analytical skills, client speaking skills, presenting skills, organisation and time-management. The industry is known for producing well-rounded individuals, and the qualification also helps aid this.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

3/10

The job is extremely high pressured and stressful, and you will find yourself working 50+ hour weeks more than often. This is not communicated when you join, and can make it difficult to have a work-life balance. Furthermore, minimal time is given for exams which can make it even more stressful. Although you are treated as the level of a grad, it is sometimes not fair in the workplace and school leavers are at an unfair advantage

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

4/10

The programme is fairly well structured in that it is 5 years, and they have been running it for a few years. The aim once qualifying, is to go for a promotion to Assistant Manager. Training is provided each year to help you progress to the next year, and exams are more spread out than that of the grads

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

3/10

This is very dependent on the office you are in and the people around you (e.g. your buddy and counsellor). In my office, there is a large sense of people feeling that they do not get any support, especially in terms of stress leave or flexibility. I have had a few problems at work, and have not felt that support is always available

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

7/10

Kaplan is very good at training up students to make them prepared for exams. They provide excellent notes for you to study from, and teach you how to answer exam questions to ensure you pass. The only disadvantage is the amount of time to revise, however this is due to the employer and not the training provider.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

5/10

The qualification definitely helps in terms of skills, and getting you to think differently e.g. being more skeptical. However, technically it does not help a huge amount as you learn whilst on the job. There are only 2 exams out of around 8 I have done now, which have been relevant to my job.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

6/10

There are lots of different things to get involed with e.g. social activities, office parties, drinks etc. You can also help with office training, smart futures and other initiatives. EY is very good at providing opportunities to get involved in other activities e.g. they also have multiple networks.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

No

9b. Why?

It is a very stressful work environment, and difficult to maintain a work life balance. Furthermore, you have to travel up and down the country, which is not communicated when you first join. All of the grads and school leavers in my office want to leave, and only stay so that they qualify

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY?

Definitely get in touch with EY employees to get a real take on how it is to work there. However, if you are interested, then be yourself in the interviews and assessment centres. Everyone at EY has a very similar personality, and if you don't match this, then it may not be the company for you

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