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Beever and Struthers Reviews

Updated 27 August 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues and relaxed work environment,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    Social colleagues. Young, very small London office. Relaxed working environment. Easy-going clients. Huge responsibility from day one.

    Cons

    Lack of variety of clients; predominately social housing.


  2. "Great place to both study and work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful staff; both at trainee and senior/partner level.
    Excellent training programme.
    Action starting to be taken in relation to poor trainee motivation - extra days off at Christmas, feedback forums.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than market rate.
    Little communication from the top down in relation to pay scales.
    Limited partner interaction in social events - did not pay for Christmas party.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and interact more with trainees - it can be as little as saying "well done" when passing an exam.
    Clearly outline pay progression through training contract.
    Offer more incentives to harder working staff, e.g. bonuses, recognition.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Trainee Opinion"

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    Current Employee - Audit and Accounts Junior in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Audit and Accounts Junior in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team within the pool staff; few of the seniors are really good at helping me learn how to do my job and go out of there way to develop you. Internal courses on audit and accountancy. They pay for your college tuition and there are no limits on resits. Friendly vibe in the office. Understanding management with a good balance of work to personal time.

    Cons

    Quite traditional and concrete in some of their ways and very strict policies controlled by a few people within the firm. Example; as historically never been the case, they do not pay for the christmas do.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the happiness of the staff to keep hold of the strong employees and consider giving a little more back.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Growing independent"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Accountant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Trainee Accountant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One key aspect when making the decision to move into accountancy that can fall to the back of your mind is your work/life balance; at B&S I feel they provide the perfect environment to allow one to take on as much or as little as they wish without intimidation, relative to other firms in the industry. Pay is competitive for the size of firm, opportunities plentiful for those who wish to push to that next level and a new proactive approach to internal training and positive work culture has all influenced the evident success the firm has seen in the last few years.

    Cons

    The career progression is not as smooth as larger firms, with much more proactive approach required. Pay slightly less than top10 but with lower fees and client bases, this is as expected.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more structured, transparent forecast for employees as to what they should expect in terms of progression, through remuneration and responsibility within the office.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "ACA trainee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    They "paid" my wages and for college, and there is a pub near by (banyan chicken dippers are ace)

    Cons

    In the last 4 years this firm has had only 3 people complete their training contract and remain with the firm. Everyone is itching to get out as the partners have so little regard for staff moral or wellbeing (after 5 years the "staff" partner didn't even know my name). My whole year left on the very day our contract ended, the year after left DURING their contract as the firm decided to impose huge financial fines for not staying with the firm for 3 years past qualified. This is not common practice and also for those three years you'll be paid the pathetic salary beever's offer (it's at least 10% below market rate). Grad salary is at least £4k behind market rate and the gap widens as you train (also no benefits and statutory minimum holidays).

    Clients are limited (mainly housing associations) so moving into careers after can be limited.

    Most current trainees have terrible exam records with multiple fails mainly due to being over worked (they just offered someone £500 to not go to college for exam tuition and guess what the person failed - it will now cost that person a lot more than £500 in resit fees and limit getting jobs afterwards) and also as the salary is so low the calibre of candidates they attract is poor (a lot have dropper from uni or got 2:2's)

    Also there is no promotion available (one person has gone from senior to manager in the last 5 years).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff and take time to learn about them. I now work for a far larger firm where the partners have even more demanding clients but each partner knows everyone's name and get involved with the numerous social events we have each month.

    Also invest in a website, it's terrible.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Enjoyable Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    Great training is provided by the seniors and managers, and the training programme is very good (college days at Kaplan Financial)
    Most employees (from partners to trainees) are very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Overall employee satisfaction seems low, which can spread to other people (who do not necessarily feel negatively in the first place)
    Understaffed (possibly?)

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in staff welfare. I've heard many complaints from people who have been here for many years and also people who are relatively new. The company does not seem to do much to try and change this, however. (Small things, e.g. pizza once a month - I've heard from a member of staff who's worked here a very long time that this used to be something the company/departments did, could really improve the general morale amongst staff.)
    With regards to the staffing problems: many managers have seemed overwhelmed by their workloads and while the company hires many trainees who in the long run will be a benefit, it takes too much time to explain some jobs to trainees. So, the company should consider hiring more senior staff with experience to help spread the workload.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Friendly firm but needs to work on employee recognition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    Majority of employees are friendly and easy to work with, able to gain experience in multiple departments within the firm not just stuck in a single role.

    Cons

    Seriously pressured at present due to lack of staff, salary is below market rate and pay banding for trainees has not been altered in a number of years so is no longer competitive. Lack of staff motivation and rewards, no flexible working hours so additional hours put in to finish a job on time due to lack of staff are just expected of employees and not recognised.
    Work/home balance is lacking as sheer number of away jobs make it very hard to maintain memberships to clubs/gyms/societies.
    No set progression in terms of job roles when training or when chartered, this means many people leave after becoming qualified.

    Advice to Management

    More social gatherings of the firm such as previous years summer ball and a whole firm Christmas party to bring departments together paid for by the firm.
    Additional reward measures for hard work, introduced away work bounty is not enough as not all employees can benefit from it but are still having to deal with increased pressure in their job roles.
    Increase salary bandings for trainees and qualified salary as this is likely to increase morale and make staff more likely to remain at the firm.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "What employees think!"

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    Current Employee - Senior in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Senior in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff are friendly helpful, down to earth.
    The team want to perform better than others in the market place.
    Flourishing in client wins creating opportunity.
    Away job bounty (bonus) when working longer than 32 days away for Audit Staff.
    Larger clients than you would expect with house hold names.
    Great technical partners.

    Cons

    Despite the above employees are stretched, benefitting them in the long run, but in the short term they need benefits to keep them engrossed in their work. For example an award for manager, senior, trainee of the month with gift prizes and just a sense of togetherness which breaks the mould of the current back to back work ethic.
    They don't charge enough for their services and need another increase. Some of the work they provide is beyond what is expected at lower than average costs. The staff feel the pinch of this.
    Look for any opportunity to further staff enthusiasm, involve them in networking, help them and advise trainees what to do? where to go? and Train them more In-House!
    They need an alumni system such as the big four where people who leave are applauded for service rather than scorned for leaving. They shouldn't lose trainees with their large vested interest in vain, in future, if this could lead to further work through ex employee referral.
    Need to implement a buddy system and work life culture currently 9-5 is not supplemented much by any outside social culture other than the newly formed football team.

    Advice to Management

    Overall view is to listen to employees and embrace their staff to help engage them further in 'achieving better'. Focus from the lowest trainee upwards as keeping in-house skills is hard when their trainees especially sought after by Big Four recruiters.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Just don't listen......"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    There is a great group of staff, from the top level to the bottom, people work hard for each other and it is a welcoming place for new starters. The training received is a top standard, training for AAT or ACA is a great opportunity for all. The client base is excellent and gives you a wide range of sectors to experience.

    Cons

    The company is unable to take any form of criticism or advice to improve. It speaks volumes that staff have felt the need to anonymously post in the public domain in order for their voice to be heard. The partners/HR are not approachable enough to discuss concerns/issues with. If you do speak your mind, you feel deflated because you are not listened to and your issue gets completely dismissed. Staff do not feel appreciated, whether it is purely because of the number of staff who have left, the trainees have worked exceptionally hard this year and we have barely had someone say thank you.

    Advice to Management

    The staff at the bottom are unhappy, listen to your them, their opinions are more than valid. You invest a lot of time and money into staff, give them a reason to stay, not a reason to leave!


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Depressing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Beever and Struthers full-time

    Pros

    I have made some good friends here.
    I get paid on a monthly basis (to an extent) and am able to pay my mortgage.

    Cons

    Very very negative place to work. Staff receive nothing but criticism no matter how hard they work which has led to a severe lack of motivation and morale and no desire to perform well.

    Employees are not treated as human beings but simply resources and there is no care or consideration for people and their well being.

    Made to feel like a criminal if you ever dare to phone in sick due to the lack of staff as a direct result of everyone leaving because of unhappiness.

    No praise/rewards/recognition of any sort (not even verbal) and it takes a whole 10 years of service to be rewarded with one extra day's holiday! Not many people make it that long to actually take advantage of this.

    In my opinion, it speaks volumes that only a select few people were invited to write a review on this site as only certain opinions are valued and those are positive ones that speak in favour of management. Any conflicting opinion is treated as being invalid.

    In addition, only the positive reviews have attracted any kind of response.

    In response to the "I must be working for a different firm!?" review, I have no doubt that this must have been done by a member of senior staff as they are the only ones who are so blinkered as to the issues that the firm has or are perhaps the ones that try to ignore them?! 99% of employees that have left are completely happy with their choice and have no desire whatsoever to return to Beever and Struthers so I find it absolutely crazy to claim that people would soon be asking for their job back!

    Would also love to know the basis for the calculation that the average length of service is 20 years and how one person can possibly vouch for the views of 'the majority of staff'.

    The biggest con of all - this review will make absolutely no difference! Nobody cares!

    Advice to Management

    Start to take notice of staff point of view even if it isn't what you want to hear!

    Treat employees with respect as this is a two way street after all!

    Consider a little give and take once in a while rather than a 'my way or the highway' approach. Treating staff like children clearly isn't helping.


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