I was attached to two different tax departments during my time here. First was People Advisory Services (PAS), which is about personal tax. It was during their peak period so it was typical for everyone to have overtime, even interns (I was an intern there). But, despite the long hours, everyone in the office was very cheerful and fun to work with. That makes the gruesome hours much less gruesome and even though I was only an intern, everyone treated me well and I was able to learn a lot through finalising the tax returns the staff drafted. The managers, supervisors and seniors are all very down to earth and we communicate constantly throughout the whole period. That had allowed us to bond well, which made us a good team.
When I was transferred to the second department, Transaction tax department, it was much less hectic and there were days where I wasn't given any work to do (most probably due to the fact that I was only an intern). I wasn't able to learn anything at all other than amending some agreements and printing them for the seniors/managers.
Overall, it was a great balance for me to experience both the peak period and slack period in the three months in EY.
Free dinner on Tuesdays and free fruits on Wednesday during peak period
Long hours (only during peak period)