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Kingston Smith Reviews

Updated 14 May 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent flexible working, great atmosphere and supportive Partners"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Credit Controller in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Credit Controller in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    KS offered me an excellent flexible working arrangement together with a supportive management structure and the ability to progress at the pace I wanted.

    They have numerous social events which you can attend but equally you are not pressured if this isn't your type of thing.

    The Partners are approachable, friendly and everyone is treated equally. There is a real focus at KS on ensuring no gender pay gap which results in a balance of management positions held.

    I have worked regularly from 3 of the offices and they have all been refurbished to a good standard and make nice working environments. Little touches like fresh fruit deliveries every week make a real difference.

    Working from home is not a problem and you are provided with the necessary IT

    I have particularly found that your personal efforts are noticed and rewarded. If you go that extra mile you will do well here.

    Cons

    Holiday entitlement is standard terms


  2. "Trying to improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    Decent amount of socials
    Trying to implement a better HR framework

    Cons

    No clear people strategy in a people based business. The senior management team has optimistic growth plans but no one seems to be looking at the staffing level required to deliver the targets. As such there are instances where departments are so stretched that work is not being delivered on time to clients. The approach to resolving this seems to be reactive rather than proactive and rarely goes far enough to produce a lasting change.

    Workshops are arranged for staff to voice their opinions but these are then just shrugged off.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Old Fashioned - Partners Lack Drive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kingston Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None! - Keep looking and choose a different firm to work for - having this name on your CV will not help.

    Cons

    Barbican office needs a refurb, depressing to work there.
    Majority of partners were lazy - would never make it within the Big 4
    Everything is old fashioned - Senior partners need to adapt and remove the whole stuffy accountancy image!

    Advice to Management

    MOVE FORWARD!!! Invest in your people! you are driving your best staff away. My time there I saw over twenty high performers leave to bigger and better firms.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable 4 years"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Recommends

    I worked at Kingston Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at ks for 4 years and have fully enjoyed the experience. I trained with the firm and felt fully supported throughout my progression. I never felt over loaded with work and felt that i could go to my peers for advice and assistant. Ks also holds many well organised social events, which is a perfect way to socialise with the lovely people that work there.

    Cons

    Timesheets! But I suppose they are necessary!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "The truth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingston Smith full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people
    Trying to change

    Cons

    Staff are treated as a resource rather than a human being, especially trainees
    Lack of team ethic (bar a few)
    Senior management are out of touch and have no idea what the “lower level” actually do and put up with
    Holiday - statutory minimum
    Staff are rarely heard (they get an annual opportunity but it’s more a front to show management are trying to care and understand)
    Bad work is quick to be noticed (unless you’re liked by management) but good work will very rarely be recognised
    Undervalue and overlook good staff (resulted in a lot of good people leaving)
    Known that management have been encouraging staff to write positive reviews


  6. 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


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Structured..... chaos"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Dradful, utter utter dreadful place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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?


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