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Smith & Williamson Reviews

Updated 13 November 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Completely old fashioned"

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good people to work with. That's about it

    Cons

    Completly old fashioned and out of touch. Systems completely out of date and actually hinder productivity

    Advice to Management

    Invest in systems which let employees do their job properly


  2. Helpful (6)

    "A mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Marketing/Business Development in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing/Business Development in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A friendly culture makes for a pleasant day to day working environment.

    Cons

    A lack of management and leadership training has given rise to pockets of bullying behaviour. My boss was a horrible bully and because there are no expected standards of behaviour or corporate values, there was little I could do about it. In fact, I was worried that saying anything would come back to damage me.

    Advice to Management

    Train your leaders and set the parameters of expected behaviour. If you do this I believe you will see dramatic improvements in general productivity and performance.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for. They look after their employees. Good benefits package."

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    Former Employee - Secretary in London, England
    Former Employee - Secretary in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance here and better than average holiday

    Cons

    It was hard to fit in at first as a new joiner


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Old fashioned and out of touch"

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

    Pros

    Good reputation and the office is in a central location.

    Cons

    So old fashioned and a complete lack of idea what's going on in the market outside.

    The management are far too busy covering their own backs to focus on career development.

    There was also a culture of working late for the sake of it. The clients didn't expect it. It was just what people in Corporate Finance did.... So old fashioned and pointless.

    As a result, the atmosphere is utterly depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and let the younger generations drive the business forward.


  6. "Good First Step"

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

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

    Pros

    Big name firm which looks good on CV, Culture is what you make it

    Cons

    old school, 'dull' at times. Too much admin / red-tape with review / control processes often taking longer than jobs


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Old fashioned"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people that work at the firm and lots of training.

    Cons

    Very old fashioned systems, no online document management system for the non investment team (i.e. audit and tax), so endless paper trails

    Advice to Management

    Invest in paperless systems like the other top firms


  8. "Interesting and busy, always work to do."

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

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Family feel, staff passionate about the work.

    Cons

    Plays safe, slightly old fashioned, people scared about making mistakes and being blamed.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Pretentious and Pompous!"

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    Current Employee - Graduate in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An okay amount of study leave, okay career progression. Good work/life balance. I can't really think of any more.

    Cons

    Most people are quite stuck up and old fashioned. Have to spend 2 years of the graduate placement in the back office. Benefits package weak in comparison to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Rapidly modernise your firm. Get more young and real-world people in to revolutionise the place.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Smith and Williamson employment review"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, and good team ethos.

    Cons

    No pay rises or bonuss for over three years despite own individual performance above peers.

    Advice to Management

    Public perception is that we are bit too pompos.


  11. "Trainee Chartered Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time

    Pros

    Good training contract experience throughout 3.5 years

    Cons

    Routine stuff after 2 years of working


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