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Smith & Williamson Reviews

Updated 29 June 2017
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Smith & Williamson Co-Chief Executives David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
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  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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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    Old fashioned, outdated IT infrastructure


  7. "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


  8. "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 )


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Smith and Williamson Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Succinct decision making and good client offering

    Cons

    Lack of training and guidance

    Advice to Management

    Suggestion is to conduct a employee survey


  10. Helpful (1)

    "enjoyed my time here, would recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the people are great, good work/ life balance

    Cons

    old fashioned in processes/ attitude to technology


  11. "Nice people and work/life balence"

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

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Generally people are all very nice and thus it makes for a good working environment. Work/life balance is sensible, which means you can progress without sacrificing time with family and friends. Management are open to ideas and are supportive if you want to make change.

    Cons

    Historically has felt a bit old fashioned, with a lack of investment in IT and marketing, however this is already changing.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to communicate your strategy to the firm. Ask people for their opinion and what they can do to help deliver the firms goals, and then hold them accountable for it.


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