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20 English questions out of 20

10 March 2021

Does Haines Watts offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

Flexibility of time off for ACA studies.

Cons

Sometimes under-appreciated due to company structure.

Flexibility of time off for ACA studies.

10 March 2021

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18 June 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Haines Watts?

Pros

Really enjoying my role. Varied interesting clients and cases. A great group of people to work with. I really appreciate the positive reinforcement received from colleagues and superiors. I feel that it has been a good fit for me and am pleased to be part of the family and see a positive future here with a great opportunity to continue to progress my career.

Cons

Was difficult to get to grips with new systems and procedures. Whilst the staffing structure is great for providing opportunities it is somewhat different to my former employer’s and a little more explanation of the roles as part of the on-boarding process would have been useful.

Advice to Management

Give new starters some training on the IT systems and clear instructions on procedures. As part of the on-boarding process give more details on the staff structure and roles within the business

I feel that it has been a good fit for me and am pleased to be part of the family and see a positive future here with a great opportunity to continue to progress my career.

18 June 2019

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18 June 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Haines Watts?

Pros

Really enjoying my role. Varied interesting clients and cases. A great group of people to work with. I really appreciate the positive reinforcement received from colleagues and superiors. I feel that it has been a good fit for me and am pleased to be part of the family and see a positive future here with a great opportunity to continue to progress my career.

Cons

Was difficult to get to grips with new systems and procedures. Whilst the staffing structure is great for providing opportunities it is somewhat different to my former employer’s and a little more explanation of the roles as part of the on-boarding process would have been useful.

Advice to Management

Give new starters some training on the IT systems and clear instructions on procedures. As part of the on-boarding process give more details on the staff structure and roles within the business

I feel that it has been a good fit for me and am pleased to be part of the family and see a positive future here with a great opportunity to continue to progress my career.

18 June 2019

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14 January 2021

How are promotions handled at Haines Watts?

Pros

Ground staff are generally nice and friendly - we are all in the same boat and all know how bad it is, so the camaraderie is there.

Cons

- Toxic work place from the top down - If a client doesn't provide correct information/support for the audit the expectation is to just "get the audit done regardless" so the accounts can be signed ASAP, as profit is all that matters - Open affairs committed at after work events - Work place bullying - Unlawfully firing people for no good reason - Not performing timely background checks on people they hire - Total disregard for COVID regulations i.e. meetings taking place with zero social distancing and a desperate need to have people in the office (because they don't trust anyone) and if you do not come in, they find a reason to sack you - People take their masks off and stop social distancing as soon as they get into the office and there are no repercussions (other than catching covid) - People who were unwell with covid have felt like they have had to attend the office and then subsequently tested positive which has caused a lot of stress for vulnerable staff members - Making people they don't like "redundant" and then rehiring for that exact role (not legal) - Absolutely no chance of getting a promotion - Very little audit training for the graduate trainees is provided (other than going to college) which makes life more difficult for seniors/managers as the trainees need hand-holding on every job and cannot use their own judgement because they have not been provided with any standardised training - Ok salary, but no other benefits of significance, probably one of the most basic packages you could get

Advice to Management

Stop forcing people to go to clients and come into the office during the peak of a pandemic. Set up a series of training courses to make sure the trainees know the fundamentals of audit Revise the ethical standards set out by the ICAEW because you clearly do not adhere to them Get some respect for the people who work for you

Absolutely no chance of getting a promotion

14 January 2021

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14 January 2021

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Haines Watts?

Pros

Ground staff are generally nice and friendly - we are all in the same boat and all know how bad it is, so the camaraderie is there.

Cons

- Toxic work place from the top down - If a client doesn't provide correct information/support for the audit the expectation is to just "get the audit done regardless" so the accounts can be signed ASAP, as profit is all that matters - Open affairs committed at after work events - Work place bullying - Unlawfully firing people for no good reason - Not performing timely background checks on people they hire - Total disregard for COVID regulations i.e. meetings taking place with zero social distancing and a desperate need to have people in the office (because they don't trust anyone) and if you do not come in, they find a reason to sack you - People take their masks off and stop social distancing as soon as they get into the office and there are no repercussions (other than catching covid) - People who were unwell with covid have felt like they have had to attend the office and then subsequently tested positive which has caused a lot of stress for vulnerable staff members - Making people they don't like "redundant" and then rehiring for that exact role (not legal) - Absolutely no chance of getting a promotion - Very little audit training for the graduate trainees is provided (other than going to college) which makes life more difficult for seniors/managers as the trainees need hand-holding on every job and cannot use their own judgement because they have not been provided with any standardised training - Ok salary, but no other benefits of significance, probably one of the most basic packages you could get

Advice to Management

Stop forcing people to go to clients and come into the office during the peak of a pandemic. Set up a series of training courses to make sure the trainees know the fundamentals of audit Revise the ethical standards set out by the ICAEW because you clearly do not adhere to them Get some respect for the people who work for you

Very little audit training for the graduate trainees is provided (other than going to college) which makes life more difficult for seniors/managers as the trainees need hand

14 January 2021

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