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Smith & Williamson Reviews

Updated 16 April 2019
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Smith & Williamson Co-Chief Executives David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
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  • "A lack of management and leadership training has given rise to pockets of bullying behaviour" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Upper management/partners has little to no regard for the lower level staff (with some exceptions of course)" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Modern Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Modern Apprentice in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Modern Apprentice in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Great working environment with great people.

    Cons

    Nothing as of yet


  2. "Support Team leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    S&W provides a good work to life balance, since working here I've found it is easy to move around and do different type roles and have always been encouraged to do so.

    Cons

    Out dated systems which are slowly moving in to the 21st century. Pay is alot.less than other Invesent management companies

    Advice to Management

    Fight harder to keep good staff instead of letting them go and getting over paid contractors in that are useless

  3. "Operations Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience on CV, ideal for someone having just graduated from university.

    Cons

    Communication and interaction with different teams / departments is somewhat limited. Would be beneficial for employees to be cross-trained with other departments to get a better understanding of the opportunities available in the business.


  4. "Great place to learn, albeit a bit “old school”."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a junior you are trained thoroughly and given plenty of support to get through necessary qualification exams.

    The management structure is genuinely flat and the culture in the investment management division is generally very positive.

    Small teams allow for a culture of entrepreneurship with your own clients, and teams are relatively self managed in terms of hours at the desk and how they work.

    Cons

    Pay is not always competitive especially at junior levels. However this should be balanced against the high job security and training as described above.

    The investment management department is distinctly posh (public school education almost ubiquitous) which some people find a challenge.

    Team leaders are not given much management training and therefore the quality of line managers varies hugely depending who you work with.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that Partners are managing teams of people, give them the resources and training required to be better people managers.

    Be more transparent around pay and promotions. You don’t have to pay more aggressively to retain junior staff. But transparency of pay and the skills/experience needed to achieve promotions is not forthcoming.

    Celebrate your culture and flag management structure more.

    Address your lack of diversity.


  5. "Trainee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Interesting clients and good exposure

    Cons

    Poor management and unprofessional work environment


  6. "Great Company for learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Learnt a lot at the firm and they work on very exciting projects

    Cons

    Could use technology better


  7. "Pretty average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and social

    Cons

    A lot of luck as to which teams you end up on which then dictates your future career

  8. "Transaction Services"

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    Former Employee - M&A Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - M&A Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, understanding and fun

    Cons

    small transactions, limited growth oppurtunty


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has a great work to life balance; you never have to worry about being asked to work past 5pm. Bosses understand you have a life outside work and respect that. I haven't experienced negative office politics.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say it's a very driven place. Deadlines are routinely missed, and everyone is looking to push work onto someone else!

    Advice to Management

    Hire some driven people; get rid of the bored middle management.


  10. "Love the company"

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

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work/life balance,

    Cons

    Long hours in December and January