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4 English questions out of 4

27 July 2019

What are meetings like at Haines Watts?

Pros

Study was paid for and study leave was given in the run up to exams. Good work/life balance as overtime was rarely expected.

Cons

Little room for development, focus was on hiring external staff rather than trying to train and develop existing staff. Long term issue of managers being rude and lacking empathy, resulting in high staff turnover. Too many partners, associate partners and managers for size of company, leading to micromanagement of lower level staff. Appraisals were rare.

Too many partners, associate partners and managers for size of company, leading to micromanagement of lower level staff.

27 July 2019

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9 June 2021

What is it like working with clients or customers at Haines Watts?

Pros

Nice people, nice clients and managers

Cons

Long hours sometimes, can be stressful

Nice people, nice clients and managers

9 June 2021

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13 August 2019

What is the work environment like at Haines Watts?

Pros

Great team overall, potentially exciting changes ahead, good office atmosphere (most of the time), study support package provided is excellent (except restrictions mentioned below).

Cons

Change in company procedures and ethos appears to put profit before quality and utilisation of employee skills. Work is not delegated out evenly between the team with various members of staff regularly under immense workload and deadline pressures. Study support varies from employee to employee with some employees allowed to sit exams as they please and others restricted - no standard package. Broken promises from staff appraisals regarding opportunities and future aspirations and plans. No set remuneration review and no review has been undertaken in the last 18 months - at least, not with me.

Advice to Management

Engage with employees before making significant changes to work practices and procedures, changes in benefits, pension etc. Standardise the study support so each employee is able to benefit from the same amount of support as their peers. Regular, and documented, remuneration reviews or set process for reviews. Keep to agreed goals, aspirations and discussed opportunities and if they are not able to then discuss these with that employee rather than just brush it under the carpet.

Great team overall, potentially exciting changes ahead, good office atmosphere (most of the time), study support package provided is excellent (except restrictions mentioned below).

13 August 2019

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14 January 2021

What are working conditions like 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

Work place bullying

14 January 2021

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