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- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
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Lots of perks. Free parking, beverages, Wednesday breakfasts, lunches during busy seasons. Bonus for getting your CPA and all professional expenses covered. The best thing about the company is that it feels like a family. The firm does a lot of extra activities and events so it feels like a very social place. Hard work and quality work is recognized. Seniors, managers, and directors will tell you when they are pleased so it is nice to know that you are not working anonymously.
Work/life balance is tough here. But I guess it's the same all over in public accounting. If you're doing this, you pretty much have to accept that you will have no life 6 months out of the year, and then maybe more than that. If you want to move up here you will have to do more than just put in your time, you really need to go the extra mile. And you will only be expected to give more of yourself if you want to move into management. My major issue with the workload is that sometimes management is so project driven that one or two people will end up working 70+ hours while the rest of the staff are walking out the door at 4pm. I'm still trying to decide if this is really where I want my career to go or not. I'm still trying to decide whether this
Advice to Management
Promotions to management are rare because of turnover at the staff level. I think that the management of the firm needs to realize that it is indicative of a problem when they have to hire so many managers from outside the company.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at PKF International (Houston, TX) in May 2008.
I was recruited out of the University of Houston. The purpose of on campus recruiting is to hire interns. Successful interns are then made full time offers for after they graduate. On campus interview consisted of a 20 minute interview with a Senior Manager & a Director (which is in effect a partner at PKF.) A few days later I was called to schedule an office visit. The night before the office visit you are invited to a dinner with several current employees. The actual office visit was an event that took most of the day. About 6 or 7 other candidates were interviewing that day. It started with a welcome coffee and breakfast session where a good number of current employees were present. They were all very friendly and engaging. After the welcome session, I went straight to interviews. I had three interviews, which were a half hour each with various directors or managers. After the interviews all of the candidates went out to lunch. I ended up sitting next to the president of the firm which was kind of nerve wracking. After lunch we came back and had several different sessions, one where the president talked about the history of the firm, and another where several employees came in and let us ask them whatever questions we wanted. The office visit ended around 3pm or so. I received a call and internship offer later that afternoon.
- It was refreshing that I didn't receive any weird or out of the ordinary questions. The interviews mostly like a get to know you type thing. Half serious talk and the other half casual. Answer Question
There wasn't any negotiation. Everyone gets the same salary offer. Take it or leave it. It was competitive though. It was about $1,000 less than big 4 firms, but considering that the parking is free, you come out ahead.
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PKF International doesn't make sneakers, but some of its members can be pretty straight-laced. PKF International is an international alliance of more than 230 independent accounting partnerships with locations in 120 nations around the world. Its members offer tax, accounting, and consultancy services including auditing, management and technology consulting, financial planning, forensic accounting, and bankruptcy services. Many PKF International firms include PKF in their names for branding purposes. PKF International was founded as Pannell Kerr Foster in 1969.