Trainee Chartered Accountant at Smith & Williamson

Start Date:
2017
Location:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£21,000 annually
Review Date:
February 2018

Review Score

9.2 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

Trainee Chartered Account Auditing clients for both statutory & non-statutory audit Interacting with both clients and colleagues daily Responsible for specific clients booked into and for specific sections within audit files

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

Completed and passed five exams, developed interpersonal and communication skills, learned a lot about accounting, auditing and financial standards. Also improved organisational, efficiency and teamwork skills plus professionalism.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

Definitely enjoying it much better than what I expected - everyone at work is lovely, the clients are good, there are many students which is good and made it easier to settle in (including starting at the same time as new students), also means there is a good social culture so a great opportunity to network. Been given a lot of responsibility early on by being able to meet and talk with clients.

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4. How valued do you feel by Smith & Williamson?

8/10

Definitely receive a lot of feedback from those above in the team and structural hierarchy, including manager and partners. Do feel valued amongst the whole team but would be better if could understand scope of work amongst a bigger picture, and having more work to do during quiet periods. Job assessment system not the best measure of how well work has been completed, and is pretty unclear how to get better scores.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

There's a clear team hierarchy and structural hierarchy in terms of the student group and managerial colleagues. Have been given a mentee and ADR, much internal training, and induction lasted over two weeks which was very helpful. Everyone is available to support and it is clear to see where tasks get delegated from. The programme is well organised. With that being said, there could sometimes be more tasks available especially around quiet periods. Not fully clear who line manager is though.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

9/10

Kaplan are very good and always available to help.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

A lot of help and support is given when stuck on how to do things and when it is required. Most seem very happy to help out, give advice and even offer to do so before being asked. Someone is always available at any level too.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

10/10

Salary meets expectations at current level and reimbursement package is decent too.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

7/10

Definitely a strong social culture and stuff to do such as football or charity related opportunities.

9. Would you recommend Smith & Williamson to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

A good company to work for who care about training you up, and very nice people that work here too.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Smith & Williamson?

Fairly standard in comparison to other companies.

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