- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
Employees rate London 10.3% higher than the overall average
I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 5 years)
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
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
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I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Smith & Williamson (London, England) in November 2017.
The Assessment centre started at 10am with 18 people, sitting the standard verbal and numerical SHL tests, former with the well-known questions on deep sea explorations, China economy, spread of e-commerce, etc. We had 20 minutes to answer 40 true/false/DS questions. In the numerical tests you answer 28 questions in 30 minutes, again the standard questions - motor van running costs, exchange rate conversion, etc. The tests ended at 11.45am and there was a sandwich lunch after that, lasting 45 minutes.
Then we were called and allocated into groups of 6 for the group exercise. It was about an investment decision to be made by a camera lending business. Everyone got a proposal and had to allocate the budget based on business needs/priorities/etc. Some numbers were intentionally miscalculated. There was 40 minutes for the discussion and we had to present the recommendations in 1 minute per person.
Finally, we went onto the report writing part. It was an email to a Partner in the business, you had to collect in what ways the comapny can help a business and its owners as well. You are required to analyse some numbers, but also pay attention to qualitative details. The day ended just before 3pm.
I got very little, generic feedback on my performance.