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London, England (UK)
51 to 200 employees
2003
Company - Private
Accounting
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Kingston Smith, RSM Tenon, Kreston Reeves
BKL is a firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers over 180 people operating out of two offices, London and Cambridge.

We actively look to work with people and enterprises
that think in new ways, explore new opportunities
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Mission: To be the 'go to' firm of accountants, experts and tax advisers for successful entrepreneurs; where all our people are enthused and passionately share the same core values. To be the benchmark by which other firms measure themselves.

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  • "Good to qualify - Not the best working environment (previous trainee who qualified with BKL)"

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    I worked at BKL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Training towards ACA qualification

    - Top 50 firm - so good experience to put on your CV as the company has some really good clients from a variety of industries.

    - Some helpful knowledgeable colleagues who you can learn from

    - Work life balance can sometimes be good (not during busy period however)

    Cons

    - Whilst the training provided towards the ACA is good (Kaplan), the internal training for practical work experience is poor. However saying that it seems to be improving moving forward.

    - Lack of feedback to staff members on how to develop. When feedback is provided it isn't clear cut on what is needed to progress.

    - When progression is made, no acknowledgement is received sometimes.

    - Treatment of staff members can be subject to favoritism from management. On several occasions it is not related to performance, but on friendship circles.

    -The above also applies to job bookings and helping staff members progress. Some managers book the same members of staff consistently and provide more help to those staff members based on friendship circles.

    - Blame culture and scare tactics sometimes known to be used.

    - HR departments people skills have deteriorated due to change in staff.

    Advice to Management

    - When providing feedback, be more clear to staff members so they know how to improve. More clarity needed.

    - The overall culture needs to shift. Management use bias when organising work and help staff members who are their friends more than others to progress. All staff members should be treated equally by all management.

    - Continue improving the training process for the trainees.

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BKL photo of: Orange Day for Magpas Air Ambulance, one of our chosen charities for 2017/18
BKL photo of: Visiting Homeless Action in Barnet, one of our chosen charities for 2017/18
BKL photo of: Whole Firm Event 2017: a video-making challenge with an Apprentice-style panel
BKL photo of: BKL at Women in Finance Awards 2017, where BKL partner Myfanwy won Accountancy Leader of the Year
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BKL Interviews

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    ACA Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at BKL (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied by email with a covering letter and CV and then had a telephone interview out of the blue.

    About a week after the telephone interview I got an invitation to the assessment day at their offices where there was a fact to face individual interview, a group problem solving exercise in front of a panel and then a letter writing exercise on a topic of your choice. After the process there was a chance to meet some partners and trainees over lunch which was a great way to see if I fitted into the firm and to find out a bit more about the firm itself.

    There was then a couple of days wait before I got a phone call offering me the position.

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    • If you could liken yourself to any cartoon character, who would it be and why.   Answer Question
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