Abraham & Gaffney
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I worked at Abraham & GaffneyPros
A&G is a small firm, so the opportunity to make an impact is there. If you are a high performer and you present well to clients, you will move up and do more "high level" tasks usually reserved for managers and partners and the bigger firms. For example, I was able to lead numerous audit draft meetings and public board meetings with our clients. Additionally, I was able to further my professional development by having more direct contact with partners than you would at other bigger firms I've worked at. The pay is lower than bigger firms (and benefits are just plain bad), but the trade off I was sold on was it would be fewer hours. It was... but not as lighter a load as they led me to believe (see cons). That said, it is a very good place to get experience you'll need for the next step in your career. I put out my resume and had several non-public accounting options to choose from when I left, which is a huge plus, especially in this economy.Cons
A&G is currently hitting the "small firm ceiling", mainly because of a leadership vacuum at the top... no one partner will take charge over the others. Each partner does things very differently, which is ok as I've seen this at bigger firms, but a couple of the partners are outright incorrect in their interpretations of GASB and GAAP and frankly, these few "bad apples" hold back the other partners and ultimately the firm. The firm's training was a bit lackluster, which was acknowledged via "importing" talent (like myself, for example) from the bigger firms rather than heavily promoting staff from within.
Like most small firms, you tend to work with the same few people on almost every job. I was lucky to work with a good group of staff and a solid partner. Others were not so lucky. Partners, staff and all worked many more hours than I expected. It is routine (and expected) for staff to work until 8 or 9pm (sometimes later) nearly every weeknight and then come in for at least one full day on the weekend. The last straw for me was working all night and sending emails to partners at 3am and then seeing them respond at 3:15am. Obviously, work/life balance was out the door at this firm, even at the partner level. With an upcoming wedding and planning for a family after that, it made no sense to stay for me. In A&G's defense though, I will say this is the best public accounting firm I worked at... and it was fine when I was young and single.
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