Saffery Champness Reviews

Updated 4 Apr 2021

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6 Ratings
  1. "Excellent company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England

    I worked at Saffery Champness full-time

    Pros

    Range of clients/industries, social activities, close knit teams

    Cons

    Can be occasional long hours

  2. "Friendly firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee 

    I have been working at Saffery Champness full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, broad client base, flexible hours, sociable

    Cons

    Slightly old fashioned (e.g. strict dress code), no diversity at senior management level


  3. "Friendly firm with good culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in London, England, England

    I worked at Saffery Champness full-time

    Pros

    Diverse client base, interested in career development, good culture

    Cons

    Relatively male heavy management structure, slow to change

  4. "Smart"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saffery Champness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, well presented company with good reputation and great client base

    Cons

    Less client facing opportunities at lower levels

  5. "Fine"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saffery Champness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance; nice offices; good variety of work; decent remuneration at my level

    Cons

    Culture won’t be for everyone

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  6. "Fantastic experience and amazing team"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Tax Senior in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saffery Champness full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    These were the best couple of years of my professional life so far. I had an amazing experience working in the London CT team who were very supportive, kind and professional. When I compare this to my experience at Big 4, Saffery's comes miles ahead. The range of clients is very broad, I had an opportunity to specialise in their film and tv tax credits offering, which gave me a unique insight into the latest productions, as well as the opportunity to go to the Cannes Film festival and a major movie premiere in Leicester Square! Grades below AM get paid over time (or you can take it as TOIL) which is rare, amazing and extremely helpful for when you want to take extended study leave. The team is extremely capable and generous with their time. I received fantastic training on the job which helped me grasp complex areas of corporate tax.

    Cons

    Holiday entitlement is low, pay structure is quite uneven and not transparent.

  7. "great"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saffery Champness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay and staff are really friendly

    Cons

    Could provide more progression for staff

  8. "Chartered Accountant"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chartered Accountant in London, England, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Saffery Champness full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good variety of clients Responsibility early on Competitive pay Film & TV audit work available

    Cons

    Work on interesting clients/industries is limited

  9. "Great culture and support"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saffery Champness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture- the firm says it is collegiate and it really is. Partners meet regularly as a group and are not precious about referring work to other partners instead of keeping it on their own book. There is a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere- numerous socials throughout the year and team training days off site help to ensure everyone gets the chance to get to know each other, across the various offices. Lots of people work flexibly and the support for progression has been excellent.

    Cons

    Technology has lagged behind in the past but a lot of investment has been going into this in recent years and improvements are taking place. The parental leave used to not be very generous but has recently been enhanced.

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    Saffery Champness Response

    October 3, 2019Recruitment Administrator

    Thank you very much for your feedback.

  10. "High Wycome Branch - Female partner needs disciplining"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Accountant Trainee in High Wycombe, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Saffery Champness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Can't think of any positives

    Cons

    Extremely unprofessional, unfriendlyl female partner working at High Wycombe branch. Does not appear to like female trainees, gave no support or positive feedback to me throughout my time there... appeared to want to set me up to fail and was extremely patronising when I indeed failed my most recent of exams. Consequently fired me with no hesitation, ending my dreams of becoming an accountant!

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    Saffery Champness Response

    February 17, 2020Recruitment Administrator

    Thank you for leaving a review/feedback. We take all feedback seriously so I would be really keen to speak to you directly to understand and talk through your comments. Ian Williams – Recruitment Manager – 0207 841 3149 or 0771 699 1818”

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