Brooks Macdonald Reviews

Updated 18 Jan 2021

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15 Ratings
  1. "Alright"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people overall, makes work life bearable

    Cons

    Shady senior management, black history month constantly overlooked and forgotten about while Pride month and Woman’s day is promoted months before

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  2. "Good Place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Sales in York, England

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good colleagues and good benefits

    Cons

    Change in Management structure didnt help


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Company Secretary in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Client friendly and good performing management

    Cons

    Not very flexible, no work life balance

  4. Helpful (3)

    "What a shame"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Head of Investment Governance in London, England

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time

    Pros

    Prior to retiring in 2018 I felt that BM were a superb company, great people, great work ethic and the staff were appreciated by senior management.

    Cons

    The number of redundancies and the number of staff leaving since 2018 suggests the new management have failed to maintain the ethos of Chris Macdonald the firms founder.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Low morale"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Poor remuneration and low morale caused by senior management

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be lovely"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lovely colleagues, nice benefits, free fruit

    Cons

    Culture ruined by new management. Too strict on time off.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transfer Administrator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are none to be fair

    Cons

    This was the most stressful, unpleasant and unprofessional firm that Ive ever worked for in my 20 years in the city. The management decisions that were made were baffling at times as some teams in the back office were left massively understaffed whilst other areas had ten times the head count with a fraction of the work loads. Staff members were made ill as a result of stress caused by high workloads and there was zero support from management. The IT systems were terrible and at least one system would go down or play up every single day. We were effectively told to lie to clients when things were busy and one manager even boasted about comitting insurance fraud which really shocked me. There was a huge lack of professionalism in the way the back office was run and if your face didnt fit then your time was numbered, despite your work ethic or abilities at doing your job. In fact people that did very little seemed to be praised and rewarded more than others which I found bizarre. There was no incentive to work harder or help others and we were treated like children and micro managed on a daily basis. In short I wouldnt wish this experience on my worst enemy!

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "The fall of formerly good company"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are great and do their best in very difficult circumstances.

    Cons

    Senior management, support, systems, progression, structure, communication, remuneration, obsession with cost cutting, ignoring all problems, toxic environment honestly i could go on.

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  9. "Great atmosphere - poor pay"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Support Administrator in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Macdonald full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great working conditions and really good people

    Cons

    There wasn't many negatives apart from the pay structure

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Local success stories few and far between"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Macdonald full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong proposition, flexible working, ‘nice’ culture (self proclaimed)

    Cons

    Lack of central resources to support the proposition, middle management make terrible decisions with no justification or comeback, outdated systems, research nonexistent and superficial central team.

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