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Moss Adams LLP Reviews

Updated April 3, 2014
Updated April 3, 2014
96 Reviews
3.5
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Pros
  • Decent work/life balance, but a heavy emphasis on amount of time your butt is in the chair (in 11 reviews)

  • A wide array of clients and the opportunity to learn a lot in your first years (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, public accounting model is hard at times when moving up the ranks (in 10 reviews)

  • Busy Season, public accounting just inst for me (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Living in the past...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance is better, but that is largely a result of the firm's client base, which consists mostly of private companies that do not have the complexity and pressure that public companies do. That being said, don't expect a light workload.

    Cons

    Compensation: The firm has a mediocre 401(k) plan - no employer matches for at least a few years, and even then it isn't very much. Also, compensation is notably lower than the national firms and the Big 4.

    Firm culture: Compared to its peers, it lags far behind in thought leadership and collaboration. No one likes to be challenged, and the general feel for the firm is that it is living in the past, trailing the Big 4 by at least ten years. In general, it seemed that the various service lines operated with very little coordination, which didn't seem constructive.

    Career opportunities: Exit opportunities pale in comparison to the Big 4, which is largely due to the firm's client base. The Big 4 can generally also offer more because of their size and truly global reach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul employee benefits plan.

    Allow flexibility and create a more collaborative organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place if you just want a job, horrible place to build a career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior  in  Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    Corporate managers are great. They're all very knowledgable and will not hesitate to explain technical issues with staff. Likewise with the corporate partners.

    There is camaraderie between a lot of the younger employees. There are always people to go out to lunch with, people who are up to play basketball, and people you can go to happy hour with after work.

    They also keep the kitchen stocked with a good variety of snacks and soda throughout the year.

    Cons

    The firm does not invest in its employees. They do not encourage employees to go out and network, and client interaction is almost nonexistent until you get close to the manager level. So, by the time you're a manager, you lack the soft skills necessary that's essential to progress in a public accounting career. You will only learn only if you create the opportunities yourself. But, you will also need to find the managers or partners who are willing to take you under their wing and develop you.

    Promotions are very much based on time served as opposed to merit. From what I've seen, it does not matter if you're working on more difficult projects, or take on more responsibilities. It doesn't matter if your technical skills are leaps and bounds ahead of others. Most people in a class will be promoted together, regardless of the gap in technical knowledge, unless you really screw up.

    Compensation does not correlate with performance. Regardless of your rating relative to your peers, pay within a "class" does not vary by much. They will keep employees within a narrow band, even between the lowest and highest performer. Raises and bonuses are not reflective of performance or your title. It does not reflect the quality of work produced, or the difficulty of projects you were on. Overall, it creates a complacent culture without the incentive to work hard. Essentially, just getting by is good enough.

    Managers on the individual/wealth services side leaves something to be desired. A lot of those wealth services managers will not take the time to explain technical issues to ensure staff understands. Rather, they just tell you to look at prior year work papers.

    HR has voiced that it is unprofessional for employees to talk about their compensation and raises. However, if everyone is compensated fairly based on performance, I'm sure employee moral would be a lot better.

    The outlook of the firm looks grim. Overall, the group of partners are great. They're very smart, knowledgable, and a lot are from Big 4s. There are a few senior managers who could be partners one day, or would be great directors if that position existed with tax at Moss Adams. However, there is a huge drop off in talent after that. There is a pipeline in place to replenish these partners and senior managers as they retire or get promoted, unless they will be hiring from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay and promote people based on performance.

    Invest in and develop employees.

    Listen to the results and comments from the engagement surveys instead of dismissing them as results that were expected.

    Don't promise employees that the bonus will make up for less than expected raises when there is no intent to really make it up on bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It takes some luck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some smart and fun people at Moss Adams, if you can burry yourself in the right industry group it can be great.

    Cons

    Not enough experienced employees to train new staff. You get thrown into the fire and when you sink it's all your fault. I you can't play the game you will lose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I you never teach your dog to go to the bathroom outside, it isn't his fault when he goes inside. Similarly, of you don't take the time to train your employees and provide them accurate and timely feedback, it isn't their fault when they make a mistake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Sr Audit Manager

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people at Moss. Good client mix of smaller companies to work with and larger more complex companies.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity to use your own professional judgment to do your job. If you sneeze, you should probably have had that approved by Seattle. Industry silos make it very difficult to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more of an abundance mentality rather than scarcity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you aren't "IN" you are WAY OUT

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    Former Employee - Administrative  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People who are not managers are wonderful

    Cons

    Once they reach manager they are elite and do not want to hear from you. Don't EVER think about making a tiny mistake, you will be strung up and penalized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out of your offices and stop the elitist mentality. You are the biggest issue in the offices. You realize how many people have horrible anxiety and massive stress issues?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    High-stress, little acknowledgement, politics politics politics

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    Former Employee - Administrative Office Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Office Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Gorgeous offices in downtown Seattle.
    Some great co-workers.
    Learned a lot.

    Cons

    High-stress.
    Lots of politics, which means that people who are bad at their jobs continue to be promoted and acknowledged when they don't deserve to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please act as advocates for the hard, dedicated workers in the administrative office. Please make an attempt to understand what these people do for a living and acknowledge it in front of the team. Working 80 hour weeks for no recognition or understanding or appreciation is soul-crushing, and your employees will leave. Please not only recognize poor performance, but take action against those that are exhibiting poor performance. Laying someone off without telling them why doesn't help anyone. It costs nothing to say thank you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience to understand a variety of industries in public accounting.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Assurance  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Assurance in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    More opportunity to have exposure to different areas of audit areas.

    Cons

    Does not take employee feedback.
    Desire to stay with Moss Adams with the lack of concern with work life balance has resulted me in not continuing with Moss Adams/public accounting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was not happy with the way administrative team was viewed by management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Flexible work arrangements available.

    Cons

    The management group viewed the administrative team at the same level as staff right out of college. Discouraging for some as they have many years of experience and a college education.

    Management not completely honest therefore difficult to trust.

    They do not demonstrate a committment to helping individuals grow professionally. Lacking career paths, feedback and real mentors for administrative individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Treat "all" your employees well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your future and career will be dependent upon which group you work in and who the partner is.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP

    Pros

    Fairly strong brand in the market place and some very talented and quality individuals. Nice offices. Some really good clients.

    Cons

    Stingy with salary and bonus. Workload is way too high. Ownership takes way too much of the profits with is a profit margin of about 25%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get control of the partners. Some partners are purely greedy and unethical and will sell out both their employees and their clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to start out at

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate  in  Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP

    Pros

    You are exposed to a lot of different accounting areas that will help build the foundation for a strong career in accounting

    Cons

    Not pleased with the management and as a staff never can tell where I'm at in my career or what if I'm making strides to being promoted. Feedback is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff better.

    No opinion of CEO

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