Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson
Employer of Choice 2020

Simpson Grierson prides itself as a market leader that is determined to become one of the best places to work, learn, and grow by providing its people with fantastic professional development.

Simpson Grierson is a diverse and inclusive workplace where people are provided access to technology and resources, such as laptops, mobile phones, and other portable devices; software for office-based tasks; as well as to the firm’s remote log-on technologies, allowing them to work productively, remotely, and collaboratively. The firm also implements a range of flexible working practices, including “Dress for your day” and “Yes to Flex,” to support its people’s work-life balance.

To help its people grow, Simpson Grierson implements a number of professional development initiatives including:

  • a strategically aligned Learning & Development programme
  • a 100% fee support on study for critical study, and 50% fee support for beneficial study     
  • paid time off to attend lectures, study days, and exams.   
  • a talent management programme for spotting and developing talent, growing the firm’s leadership pipeline, and ensuring smart succession planning
  • annual programmes for senior leaders, and leadership and management skill development workshops for all staff

Simpson Grierson embraces new career pathways and is transparent when it comes to career progression. The firm publishes its criteria for promotion; reviews performance annually by assessing performance and potential; offers opportunities for internal transfers; and holds regular meetings, one-on-ones, and formal check-ins with managers to discuss career progression and development.

Simpson Grierson pays its employees competitively and has different levels of recognition for outstanding work –  from a simple “Shout Out” on its intranet page, weekly Chair Update, or Yammer group pages, to “Thank You” cards, Bonfire cards with pre-loaded cash, spa vouchers, dinner on the firm, movie tickets, through to more substantial cash bonuses. The firm also rewards its staff through its fully discretionary bonus scheme and formal promotion scheme. Health and wellbeing initiatives include monthly wellbeing challenges, seminars to complement monthly, 24/7 access to EAP services, weekly mindfulness classes, first-responder training for P&C team/contact people to help domestic violence victims, and more.

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