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9 October 2019

Pros

Working on a contract basis, I found the culture of the business to be inclusive and entrepreneurial. The people were all very welcoming and everyone is willing to help and offer support. The investment that Frank Hirth place on their employees was most definitely refreshing. The flexible working model is also reflective of a modern culture.

Cons

Genuinely there was no cons! It was a thoroughly enjoyable contract and I for sure will continue to promote its reputation in the market place.

Advice to Management

Continue to do as you are with the high value that you place on your employees; you listen, engage, develop, support and train them very well. As the management team, you most definitely lead by example and have promoted a brilliant culture, which goes along way!

The people were all very welcoming and everyone is willing to help and offer support.

9 October 2019

Reviewed by: Human Resources Specialist in London, England (Former Contractor)

5 November 2020

Pros

I joined FH in the summer of 2019 as a part of their graduate intake. The first 6 weeks were some of the most enjoyable, beneficial weeks you could hope to have starting out a career. Graduates have the opportunity to meet and work directly with each other and some of the existing staff, whilst going through thorough training in both US and UK tax. This is both engaging and insightful and really sets you up for when you begin working independently. Graduates are each assigned a buddy - an existing member of staff to help with any technical or general issues they may have. This is really useful as they are able to give you more insight into the way things are done at FH. After each big deadline, there are 'deadline drinks' or other social events at the company's expense as a treat for staff for their hard work over deadlines. This is around 4 times a year. There are also 2 events a year, the summer party and the christmas party, again a social gathering at the company's expense for staff. HR - Particularly Elsa, are very good at providing training with 'soft skills' such as presenting, public speaking, emails and also welfare such as mental health seminars etc. Sponsorship - You are encouraged to pursue EA, ATT and CTA which are all sponsored by FH so long as you remain employed for different periods of time post qualification.

Cons

Office Politics - The office politics in this company is off the charts. Senior staff will give you amazing feedback to you directly and then slander you to your line manager so you never really know how/where you can look to improve. 'Flexible working hours' is one of FH's huge selling points to aspiring grads but this is a complete lie. Your work rate/enthusiasm for your job is almost entirely based on how late you stay each night. Early risers that start early and finish early (I was one) are penalised in performance reviews for a lack of effort/enthusiasm or for 'not being a team player' despite being in the office working for almost 2 hours before most staff arrive. Each job or piece of work you receive will be assigned a budget (a time constraint) - the amount of time you have to complete the job. This is portrayed as 'just a guide, not gospel and it doesn't need to be strictly adhered to' but often this is not the case since clients have already been assured of their bill so if you exceed budget, you're coddled for it and it affects your performance review negatively. To summarise, in performance reviews I have consistently been told at a technical level I am exactly where I should be, however I need to 'play the game of office politics better' in order to succeed here. Micro-Management - Depending on the manager you're assigned, you may or may not experience this. In my case, everything down to the time I arrived and left work to were heavily monitored and micro-managed which was almost unbearable. Agenda - Certain members of management have agendas and ways of doing things. They fail to realise that not everyone works in the same way and when you are working for them/with them, the nit-picking is ridiculous. It seems like an endless tirade against you which unfortunately for me was almost my entire 1.5 years at the firm.

Advice to Management

Promotions should NOT be based on length of service. Choose your lower level management wisely as these people are in contact with graduates daily and the general feel in my intake was that grads weren't enjoying their job hence the high turnover of grads.

Graduates have the opportunity to meet and work directly with each other and some of the existing staff, whilst going through thorough training in both US and UK tax.

5 November 2020

Reviewed by: Tax Associate Level II in London, England (Former Employee)

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