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Updated 22 Nov 2019

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Smith & Williamson Co-Chief Executives David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
David Cobb & Kevin Stopps
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  • "The firm is very old-fashioned (from the 'style' of the office, to the management style)(in 14 reviews)

  • "Morale quite low due to long hours and low rewards(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great, loads of fun to be had

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Smith & Williamson2019-07-06
  2. "Overall good but old school"

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    Former Employee - Business Tax in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great diversity of work - Great people / 'family-like' environment - Promotions available - Relaxed environment

    Cons

    - Always behind. The firm is very old-fashioned (from the 'style' of the office, to the management style). Even by being in central London, you feel like working in a very close minded organisation. - Very old-fashioned mentality for a London firm, it feels like working in an 80's style accounting firm. - Technology is pretty much non-existent, although the firm is starting to work on it. - Not flexible at all. Working from home is pretty much non-existent and seems to be only available to certain people. The process is very unclear around it, some staff members work from home regularly, when for some others it seems to always be declined. I have also been hired on the basis that WFH was not regular yet, but the firm wanted to change mentalities, hence I was open to work from home when I wanted to try and push it forward. After 6 months, I was almost always told off when I mentioned I would work from home, and later be told that I could not work from home anymore, unless an official request had been made to my managers and HR ... this is not what I have been told during the interview process. - Poor management and utilisation of staff members. Although I keep hearing that the team I used to work in, is understaffed (hence why I have been hired), I find myself being low on workload even by constantly requesting other team members for work. This is due again, to the firm being very old-school and refusing team members to share clients to help each other, meaning that some staff members will be flooded by their workload, whilst other who could help, are bored. - Benefits are not good and very oriented towards people having children. - Culture and professionalism needs to change. It is common practice for people in the office to openly joke in a nasty way about other staff members and be borderline discriminatory. This goes from tax trainees to Director levels ... not very impressing.

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    Smith & Williamson2019-11-22
  3. "Modern Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Modern Apprentice in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great working environment with great people.

    Cons

    Nothing as of yet

    Smith & Williamson2019-01-20
  4. Helpful (1)

    "enjoyed my time here, would recommend"

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    I worked at Smith & Williamson

    Pros

    the people are great, good work/ life balance

    Cons

    old fashioned in processes/ attitude to technology

    Smith & Williamson2017-01-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere, good diversity of work available, good extra training, extra opportunities in long run (going abroad on secondment, going on secondment in industry).

    Cons

    Only 70h of over hours paid each year (of which you can take 35 as TOIL), due to current industry trend.

    Smith & Williamson2016-01-15
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good overall experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith & Williamson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with especially when joining the grad scheme, almost feels like being back at university. Plenty of social aspects and great range of work.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not good if you are a hard worker as you will always be busy. Those less diligent get away with not doing as much.

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    Smith & Williamson2015-09-16
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Old fashioned"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smith & Williamson full-time for 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

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    Smith & Williamson2014-05-28

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