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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Smith and Williamson

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 42 ratings in 2014)
"A good environment for training."
Pros: 
  • Friendly colleagues who are happy to help graduates develop their knowledge
  • Great opportunities to experience a wide variety of clients
  • Hours are flexible and there is no culture of face-time
  • Teamwork across the firm is good and employees at all levels support each other
Cons: 
  • The firm does not have quite same level of name recognition as some of its competitors
  • Junior employees may end up with a certain amount of admin work
  • There can be pressure that disrupts work/life balance when deadlines are looming
  • Not many opportunities to mix with graduates outside of your own department
Culture
8.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.3 / 10
 
Hours
8.2 / 10
 
 
 
 
CSR
6.2 / 10
 
Training
8.1 / 10
 

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