Associate at EY

Start Date:
2014
Location:
Bristol
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£16,340 annually
Review Date:
April 2015

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Review Score

8.9/10

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

9/10

My current role is an associate within Financial Services. I am currently training to become a Chartered Accountant. My role includes auditing insurance and leasing clients, therefore ensuring their financial statements are complete and correct. My daily tasks vary from day-to-day, on different clients I am given the responsibility of different accounts within the financial statements, I then complete the appropriate work regarding these accounts. I have regular contact with my clients and ensure I keep a good relationship with them all.

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

9/10

As I am currently studying towards my ACA qualification, I have gained numerous skills from attending college and working on-the-job. I also have regular internal training courses relating to both my college work and training for my current job role. My people skills have developed, ensuring I am confident when speaking to the client.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I love the work set for me, and the responsibility I have in my current role. For every client I am presented with a different team of colleagues to work with, therefore I am never working with the same people, and never completing the same work every day. This is very refreshing as I am never bored at work!

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4. How valued do you feel by EY?

8/10

I feel that there could be room for improvement on the recognition of the employees, but I do feel valued at work. I have received a few 'impact awards' which show me that my hard work has been recognised. I have been given the opportunity to participate in a secondment to a different department throughout summer to broaden my knowledge of the business.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

The introduction and training was very well organised with support readily available. When studying for exams, I feel like there is a lot of support by both EY employees and the college tutors for anything that I do not understand. My departments hierarchy is clearly set out, with many opportunities to take on more responsibility when needed.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

10/10

I feel that I have a lot of support from my tutor when at college, I can email/call/turn up at college, and they are more than happy to explain any area in which I am struggling. I did enjoy college and enjoyed the areas in which we learned.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

Whilst at college I was contacted by members of my department to ensure I was doing ok and that I was understanding every area. For my study period back at work I was also given time off of client work to ensure my studies are done.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

5/10

As I live at home, the salary meets my costs, although driving to work encounters problems for parking etc, I am also looking to move out soon which I cannot do on the current salary I am on.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

Our department set up many socials and I have also joined the netball team within our office. Our office also runs many clubs and classes for sports.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

As it is a great company to work for, very fulfilling.

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

I applied for EY very late in the year and had to complete interviews around my A-Level exams, so I would therefore recommend to apply early to secure your place before any exams!

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