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Smith & Williamson Reviews

Updated 13 November, 2017
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Smith & Williamson Co-Chief Executives David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
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  1. "Great work/life balance and opportunities to get involved"

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    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.


  2. "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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "In the dark ages!"

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    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.


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  5. 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


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. "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


  9. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good collegiate atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    Lack of dynamism and ambition

    Advice to Management

    Encourage younger people to take on more responsibility and reward them for it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Old fashioned"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/ life balance, friendly people.

    Cons

    Old fashioned, outdated IT infrastructure


  11. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, good working hours

    Cons

    Very few opportunities to progress


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