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Cooper Parry Overview

Derby, England
201 to 500 employees
1850
Company - Private
Accounting
£25 to £50 million (GBP) per year
Competitors

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We used to be like every other firm. We’d talk about our 150 years of heritage. We’d wear grey suits and sit inside our dull offices with no work-life balance. It all felt a bit humdrum!

One day we asked why? Then came the CP ... Read more

Mission: At Cooper Parry our mindset is simple. We only do things if we believe we can be No.1.

We start by putting our people first offering competitive salaries, open holidays and flexible working. We’ve a great pension scheme, the ... Read more

Cooper Parry Reviews

  • "Like no other!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EA in Derby, England
    Current Employee - EA in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Parry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I’ve worked for CP for almost 4 years now! I don’t look back as nothing compares to it’s individuality, innovative thinking and the way we look after our employees! It’s a unique place to work and I in particular am very lucky to support those who have made it all possible. So thank you!

    Cons

    From my side no cons. What you see is what you get!

    Advice to Management

    Keep working life real! We like to think we are robots, but in reality we are but human beings! Thank goodness CP recognise that.

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Cooper Parry Photos

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Cooper Parry photo of: Every month we have something called "Holla" - our monthly business update. Expect full transparency, lots of celebrations and a loud cheer!
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Cooper Parry photo of: New office space (2019)
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Cooper Parry Interviews

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    Graduate Trainee Audit Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cooper Parry.

    Interview

    Firstly, I just want to say that CP has the top 3 worst recruitment process (including team) and it’s definitely not 2nd or 3rd.

    This application/recruitment was my 4th time with this company. After the first 2 times I should have realised nothing had changed.

    When I first applied for a role with CP, it was for a placement role. I managed to successfully complete all stages (application, numerical test and video interview). I knew I “successfully completed” these stages because I received written communication via email telling me I did. However, after the last stage, I received no further communication on what was happening with the final interview/assessment centre. When I finally got in touch with HR they told me the position had already been filled in. So not only did they waste my time but they clearly had no hold of their own recruitment process. This was in 2015.

    Fast forward to 2020 where I am applying for a graduate job now and things have actually gotten worse.

    The process started with a cover letter which I was successful. I received in a email saying I had a telephone interview which I needed to book through the portal. So I booked my telephone interview and much to my surprise, they did not ring at the given time. I took an hour off work to ensure I could pick up this call. When I ring the main office they had no idea of any interviews and said HR will ring me back. A few days go by and I receive no further communication to which I ring the main office again (because this is the only number I can find). The lady on the phone tells me she’ll get HR to ring me back. A few days go by and I receive no communication. This is when I remember being in contact with HR in 2015 so I have the telephone number in an email. I ring that number and (no surprise here) it goes to voicemail. I leave a message saying to please call back. I also sent an email directly to HR. I did receive communication after that saying the storm had caused interruptions therefore the interviews had been disrupted. I genuinely think this is reasonable but it was not reasonable about the way it was handled.

    Anyway, I was sent another email to rebook my telephone interview. This time they did call, 10 minutes after the time they said they would.

    When I spoke on the phone, the lady seemed nice and genuine. She told me she really liked my application and that this was just an informal conversation. I have had many interviews and this was definitely one of the good ones. She told me what were the next stages and the dates of when these would happen. Therefore, I thought the effort was worth it.

    It was not until I received an email saying I was unsuccessful and was not given a reason a way. I was shocked at first but then I thought back to my telephone interview and it was then when I realised what had happen. Before, I got off the with the lady from HR my last question was “what is the salary for an audit graduate”. It all made sense right there and then. This was definitely the potential “red flag” they saw in me. I trust my instincts and abilities that my telephone interview was above average and that this was the question that ultimately decided whether I went to the assessment centre or not. How can a graduate, who is already in work not ask this question without being seen as a red flag. It’s one thing to not put it in the job description but another to be seen as red flag for asking this.

    I am not surprised by this as you can see from company reviews that it is not actually what they make it seem like to be. This flexible timing and work life balance is just for people to get into the door and keep them there forever. From previous reviews you can see people are being overworked and underpaid. Maybe, it was my destiny to be saved from such working situations.

    Overall, the recruitment process is average. The communication is the worst I have seen. Please don’t reply to me saying you will change because you never will. You think you are the change of the accounting of industry but you’re just like the rest of them, even worse because at least they don’t lie and sugar coat everything.

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Company Updates

  • Call all Infrastructure / Navision / Dynamics / Helpdesk wizards... basically all IT Techies! We're rapidly expanding and on the lookout for you. In the last 3 years our IT Solutions division have grown their team by 250% and revenue by 370%!! It's the perfect time to join an ever expanding team jam-packed with development, progression and support. Find our live opportunites here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMPIZ

  • Auditors listen up! Tired of the dull grey walls surrounding you this morning? Frustrated by the lack of flexibility and work life balance your employer offers? Are you restlessly striving for more? Find it here. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQfTj

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Cooper Parry Awards & Accolades

  • #32 in 100 Best Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2017
  • Best Financial Advisers to work for 2017, Professional Advisor, 2017
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