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Updated 9 February, 2018
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Smith & Williamson Co-Chief Executives David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good people and opportunity to progress your career if you push yourself"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and working environment (work/life balence)
    Good opportunities to progress, however you will need to take ownership of that yourself as much as management
    Lots going on across the firm at the moment, especially with a new firmwide strategy

    Cons

    Historically the firm has underinvested in IT, albeit there is now significant upgrades happening e.g. office 365 and skype from business
    As per point above, you will need to drive yourself in order to get on but if you are that way inclined, there seems to be no ceiling

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating to staff about strategy and progress against it
    Continue investment in technology and people


  2. "Profit driven with no regard for employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the staff at student level and lower to middle management we’re fantastic - very supportive and friendly.

    Good training in technical matters.

    Cons

    Upper management/partners has little to no regard for the lower level staff (with some exceptions of course).
    Very poor IT
    Forced to work long hours with no remuneration

    Advice to Management

    Realise that a happy workforce is more productive!


  3. "Guildford office - Corporation Tax"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Tax in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Corporate Tax in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -All ACA training exams paid for

    - Not too worried about mock exam results.

    - People in the other teams were nice.

    -Working hours are reasonable

    Cons

    First of all, AVOID this place like the plague. Reasons for doing so:

    - Toxic people in the team make it the worst of any company I have ever worked at. Staff turnover is exceptionally high, with multiple people being hired in leaving within a year due to the attitudes of two of the senior staff members. I know it continues to be the same even after I have left as I still have friends that work there.

    - No upward feedback of your job or the managers. Everything is top-down. Any feedback exercises they do are farcical, as the negative feedback never gets taken on board. Prepare to be made to feel like you are a failure (I felt like this and I passed all my exams first time!)

    - Office is a dreary, depressing place. If you like your office to be various shades of grey and brown with outdated computers, this is the place for you!

    - Salaries are well below London salaries, even after qualifying, and the work from London often gets outsourced to the regional offices.

    - Limited range of clients - best work gets taken on board by London office.

    Advice to Management

    You need to listen to the ground-level staff and not let it get twisted by the senior staff in the office.


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  5. "Great work/life balance and opportunities to get involved"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of scope to become involved in work that isn't run of the mill and with senior management/partners. Supportive atmosphere and team.

    Cons

    If you are complacent, you will flounder. You need to be very self-motivated.


  6. "Trainee Chartered Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Good training contract experience throughout 3.5 years

    Cons

    Routine stuff after 2 years of working


  7. Helpful (1)

    "In the dark ages!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, diverse range of services. Good work-life balance- leave when time-sheet done!

    Cons

    A "playing games culture" to manipulate stats to look good. Partners keep all profits. lack of incentives. IT system poor. No opportunity to give anonymous feedback. lack of training for staff. No genuine help to improve.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good starting point"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of exposure to clients and senior management

    Cons

    top heavy partner grade, low comparative salary


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Auditor Senior"

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    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small clients, easy to get in

    Cons

    stressful, manager not very friendly


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Project Delivery"

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    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, horrid organisation and a prime candidate to be a tier 4-5 organisation

    Cons

    Everyone teams up to protect themselves, if you fail to adhere to the regime you get stabbed in the back

    Advice to Management

    You will never listen and learn


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Positive corporate culture, management not modern enough"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, friendly environment, not as busy as Big 4

    Cons

    Changes take ages to happen, management is sometimes more focused on profits than people


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