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Kingston Smith Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The people make this company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -most top level management lead the firm well
    -as a firm, they want to move forward for growth and are committed to this
    -ability to make a difference
    -you are listened to
    -you can challenge people above you
    -lots of well organised socials

    Cons

    -pockets of poor behaviour
    -some inconsistencies in senior management
    -a slight blame culture

    Advice to Management

    -Lead by example, be more confident and people WILL follow you.

    -The new managing partner needs more support, she will be key to the changes.

    -Trust advice from those not in partner positions.

    -empower people

    -ditch unnecessary admin


  2. "Horrible place to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kingston Smith full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall the people in the Firm are nice to work with

    Cons

    Private client team is in shambles and run by one of the most incompetent partner's in the business. I have 15 years experience having worked for some of the top Firms in London but I have never come across such incompetence and poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the woman running the private client team.


  3. "Getting there"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    Nice friendly people to work with

    Cons

    It is very hierarchical but changing


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  5. "New starter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    Very quick application process. A telephone interview, assessment day and final interview with a partner.

    Cons

    Too little exposure to other employees during assessment day.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Structured..... chaos"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support
    Current Employee - Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Certain people are decent to work with. Socials are always happening so it's a good chance to meet new people

    Cons

    The politics level is super high whereby you need to know people and suck up to people to get anywhere. Favouritism is playing out on so many levels. Trying to suggest a plan of action may get you in trouble if it breaks the current status quo. Salary discussions are always completely ignored

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and pay more if they think they are under appreciated. Don't just brush things under the rug thinking the problem is solved when your employee maybe seriously considering their options.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Dradful, utter utter dreadful place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ACA Trainee in London, England
    Current Employee - ACA Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hours - pretty much choose your own when on-site with client. Not that you should, be how do they know?

    Cons

    Dreadful office, grey, bleak and glum. Managers are incompetent, rude and two faced. It is like a library in there. Quiet as anything. Not a good work environment. It is located in a rubbish area next to a council estate. I can't actually tell you how bad they are. If you want to do audit, DO go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Where do I even start...learn to manage?


  8. "All a bit weird"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    An whole hour for lunch

    Cons

    Weird atmosphere
    Nice to your face, but fail to feedback any criticism to your face
    High expectations without much handover or training
    Staff dont look too happy
    Known for being a difficult client to recruiters
    Rubbish computers

    Advice to Management

    Happy atmosphere creates a better team


  9. "Good company, great people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    Great people, varied job role

    Cons

    Not enough money for living in London.

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff more, especially AATs


  10. "On The Up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    Big changes over the last couple of years seemingly for the better.

    - New Managing Partner who is bringing the firm into the 21st century
    - New offices and refurbishment, open plan, investment in technology / IT
    - Sociable & friendly; plenty of events & social activities
    - Improved communication between Partners and staff
    - Flexible working hours
    - Decent salary + 2 salary reviews / year
    - Good benefits overall

    Cons

    - Partners rule the roost
     - Strong sense of 'rank', if you are at the top or bottom you will know it
     - Mixed messages from Partners - some of the top brass are great and will listen to lower employees but
        others have no time
    - Not a great amount of progression if not fee earning side of business

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the same direction, still a way to go though. Trust your employees more.


  11. "review of insolvency department"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    interesting investigation work for first few years

    Cons

    small firm mentality. Office politics take precedence over development of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid drawing staff into office politics


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