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Smith & Williamson Reviews

Updated 11 January 2018
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Smith & Williamson Co-Chief Executives David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
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  1. "Great work/life balance and opportunities to get involved"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of scope to become involved in work that isn't run of the mill and with senior management/partners. Supportive atmosphere and team.

    Cons

    If you are complacent, you will flounder. You need to be very self-motivated.


  2. "Guildford office - Corporation Tax"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Tax in Guildford, England
    Former Employee - Corporate Tax in Guildford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -All ACA training exams paid for

    - Not too worried about mock exam results.

    - People in the other teams were nice.

    -Working hours are reasonable

    Cons

    First of all, AVOID this place like the plague. Reasons for doing so:

    - Toxic people in the team make it the worst of any company I have ever worked at. Staff turnover is exceptionally high, with multiple people being hired in leaving within a year due to the attitudes of two of the senior staff members. I know it continues to be the same even after I have left as I still have friends that work there.

    - No upward feedback of your job or the managers. Everything is top-down. Any feedback exercises they do are farcical, as the negative feedback never gets taken on board. Prepare to be made to feel like you are a failure (I felt like this and I passed all my exams first time!)

    - Office is a dreary, depressing place. If you like your office to be various shades of grey and brown with outdated computers, this is the place for you!

    - Salaries are well below London salaries, even after qualifying, and the work from London often gets outsourced to the regional offices.

    - Limited range of clients - best work gets taken on board by London office.

    Advice to Management

    You need to listen to the ground-level staff and not let it get twisted by the senior staff in the office.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "In the dark ages!"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Current Employee - Tax Senior
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, diverse range of services. Good work-life balance- leave when time-sheet done!

    Cons

    A "playing games culture" to manipulate stats to look good. Partners keep all profits. lack of incentives. IT system poor. No opportunity to give anonymous feedback. lack of training for staff. No genuine help to improve.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "good starting point"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of exposure to clients and senior management

    Cons

    top heavy partner grade, low comparative salary


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Project Delivery"

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    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, horrid organisation and a prime candidate to be a tier 4-5 organisation

    Cons

    Everyone teams up to protect themselves, if you fail to adhere to the regime you get stabbed in the back

    Advice to Management

    You will never listen and learn


  7. "Positive corporate culture, management not modern enough"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, friendly environment, not as busy as Big 4

    Cons

    Changes take ages to happen, management is sometimes more focused on profits than people


  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good collegiate atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    Lack of dynamism and ambition

    Advice to Management

    Encourage younger people to take on more responsibility and reward them for it.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Old fashioned"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/ life balance, friendly people.

    Cons

    Old fashioned, outdated IT infrastructure


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Operations Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, good working hours

    Cons

    Very few opportunities to progress


  11. "Broad experience, social environment, high class service"

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    Current Employee - Tax Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Varied work, high responsibility level, client focused, opportunity to learn & develop as a tax advisor, social workplace, high class service, broad experience

    Cons

    Short staffed, profit driven, focus on chargeable hours, ( i really can't thing of any more 'cons' to fill the 20 word minimum )


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