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Realize your full potential at Sikich. You’ll have opportunities to grow in your career as far as your dreams can take you. Become part of a highly motivated and competent team that values individual effort and growth while encouraging balance between your personal and work life. Learn more about Sikich — and the possibilities for you.Working At Sikich

The Sikich Experience
Innovation is at the heart of Sikich. Our dynamic environment attracts top-notch employees who enjoy the best of both worlds—being at the cutting edge and seeing every day how their work makes a difference.

We care about the quality of your experience. Our diverse and friendly environment fosters learning, creativity, and the passion to grow as a professional. Although the structure of the organization may appear a traditional hierarchy on paper, in practice, decisions are frequently made in a team setting where the views and ideas of both management and staff are given consideration. Sikich offices are “open door” facilities—doors are always open and top level management strives to always be inviting and encouraging.


Team work is integral to working at Sikich. It takes more than sharing a client’s project to build a cohesive team. To help employees learn more about each other—communication, leadership, and work styles—the firm sponsors busy season parties, summer events including cook-outs, summer parties, and holiday celebrations.

We believe in empowering our employees. Sikich is committed to the education and professional development of our employees and offers a variety of programs, including Sikich University, to help employees maintain skills commensurate with their job and discipline and to develop new skills – fostering career growth. Employees are encouraged to create new solutions and implement strategies that will help build the firm, contribute to our clients’ success, and assure their own financial futures. Our employees even have the opportunity to transfer among different disciplines of the firm.

We hope you'll put Sikich on the short list of firms you consider, and talk to us.


 

Your job, your community, your life—whether you’re just starting your career or have been working for 30 years, we want you to succeed and grow in all areas. That’s why Sikich provides a positive, recognition-focused and teamwork-oriented environment for our employees. We believe that our people are our greatest asset, and we work hard to ensure that all employees feel empowered, comfortable and valued in everything they do.

Collaborate and communicate with your team and firm-wide employees. You’ll find new opportunities at Sikich—not only to help clients, but also to make differences. You’ll take part in making important decisions and have conversatioThe Sikich Culturens with top-level leaders who encourage ideas and creativity. And to maintain solid relationships, Sikich sponsors events where employees get to learn more about one another, from end-of-busy-season and summer parties to holiday celebrations.

Keep a healthy work/life balance in our flexible Treadmill Workstationsworkplace. Between working, spending time with family and whatever else your day may hold, making time for everything can be difficult. At Sikich, you have the opportunity to maintain a flexible work schedule and even work remotely. Since all employees can connect outside the office using a firm-wide instant messaging system and internal social network, telecommuting is a feasible option for many.

Access the resources you need to go the extra mile. Our corporate headquarters is equipped with the latest tools and innovative technology to help you every day. Plus, with more than 20 conference rooms, meeting areas with couches, treadmill workstations, a relaxation room and coffee stations throughout, employees can always step away from their desks to brainstorm or simply recharge.

Expand your skills and knowledge by taking continuing education courses. Whether you want to obtain a certification, work toward a degree or learn at a conference, Sikich is committed to the education and professional development of our employees. And, our internal educational program, Sikich University, allows our employees to take online and in-person courses in a variety of topics.


Professional Development

Sikich UniversitySikich University is dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of all our professionals. The Sikich University Learning & Development program creates innovative learning opportunities, provides a platform for knowledge creation and sharing, promotes professional authenticity, and, in the end, will create a learning culture within the firm.

Sikich University provides a blended learning approach by providing a combination of asynchronous and synchronous virtual learning, instructor-led training, mentoring and self-study. Sikich University offers a “Core” curriculum, which are fundamental to realizing firm-wide objectives and soft skill development. In order to build deep Trainingtechnical experts, courses within our “Custom” curriculum will provide employees with training related to their role and Service Area within the firm.

Sikich University offers training programs in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Technical
  • Sales EffectivenessProfessional DevelopmentTraining and Development
  • Interpersonal Development
     


Benefits
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Sikich LLP strives to reward eligible employees with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Our benefits package includes:

Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Major Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Prescription Plan
  • Vision Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Cafeteria Plan)
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Basic and Voluntary Life Insurance

401(k) Plan:

  • Elective Employee Deferrals
  • Employer Match
  • Retirement Planning Assistance
  • Wide Variety of Funds

Professional Development:

  • CPA Exam Bonus
  • CPE Credit Reimbursement
  • Paid Professional/Trade Association Membership
  • Paid Exam Costs for Professional Certifications
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Time Away From Work:

  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Paternal & Adoption Leave
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

Health & Wellness:

  • Annual Flu Shots
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Fitness Reimbursement
  • Lunch Concierge Services*
  • On-Site Fitness/Entertainment Room*
  • On-Site Relaxation/Lactation Room*
  • On-Site Weight Watchers Group*

*Amenities at our corporate location. Click here to learn more about our other amenities.


 
Sikich offers a wide range of internships throughout the year. Each opportunity allows students to experience real-life scenarios, work with different teams and help build their personal brand.

Sikich recruits from a variety of schools around the Midwest for internships and entry-level opportunities. We typically attend campus career fairs in the fall and spring. 

Sikich Reviews

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    Growing, mid-size accounting firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikich full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -The work is engaging and you feel like you make a big impact on your projects. The work never gets boring because you're working on a new project every couple of weeks.
    -The business culture is professional, but fairly relaxed. You're expected to work hard, but people are friendly and cooperative. Even the partners are approachable.
    -I feel like there are plenty of opportunities for advancement. At my office, I've had plenty of opportunities to work on taxes, government audits, for-profit audits, and non-profit audits. Plus, promotions happen fairly quickly (every 2-3 years on average).
    -You're given a fair amount of independence when you work. Granted, a boss will review your work when it's done, but you don't have someone looking over your shoulder while you are working.
    -For an accounting firm, it has a great work/life balance. I feel that 90% of the time I am putting in only 40-50 hours a week. This might get higher as you rise through the ranks.
    -There is some travel involved (maybe 10% of your time), both to work for clients and to attend trainings. I feel that this amount is enough to keep things interesting, but not so much that it overwhelms you.
    -By working here, you're able to gain several connections with other small businesses. It's interesting to see how different businesses operate. Plus, these connections can lead to good job offers down the road.
    -Although the Company is starting to get fairly large, each office maintains a fair amount of independence. This results in the Company having the resources of a large company while continuing to have a small-business atmosphere.
    -Most positions are filled from within.
    -There is a great sense of job security. I don't think the firm has ever laid off an employee due to hard economic times. So as long as you come to work and have the right attitude, you're job is pretty safe.
    -I feel that the pay is fair and that raises are pretty good. The firm has a nice vacation policy (start with 15 days; then 20 after 5 years; and 25 after 10 years).

    Cons

    -The health benefits are pretty expensive. Monthly premiums for singles isn't too bad, but once you add your family, it jumps pretty high (about $600). The annual deductible is also pretty high ($2,500 single; $5,000 family). The Company does offset some of these costs by contributing some money ($50 single/ $100 family)each month to your Health Savings Account.
    -The 401k match is pretty low. The Company matches 50% of your contributions, up to 2% of your salary. I think most other companies offer a match around 5%.
    -When you work on multiple jobs at once, it can feel like you have multiple bosses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to keep doing what you're doing. I really enjoy what I do each day, the work atmosphere, the work-life balance, the opportunities available, the vacation, etc. I feel that Sikich provides its employees with valuable experience and engaging activities. I also feel that management cares about the employees and values their efforts.

    My only complaint is that, for a mid-size company, the benefits are sub-par. Consider lowering the monthly premiums for families and raising the 401k match.

    Also, get rid of SurePrep (tax workpaper software). The length of time it takes to bookmark all the tax workpapers is not worth it.

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Sikich Interviews

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Sikich.

    Interview Details

    Got the initial call from recruiter who saw my resume on Linkedin. Had multiple calls ranging from recruiters to the hiring manager(partner) of the company and then multiple meeting in person with the 2 different partners of the company. However, the tough part was that after the offering they said they decided to remove the position and it became a waste of time.

    Reasons for Declining

    they werent sure if they are going to have this position 100%. How can a company be this unorganized.

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Sikich Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work in Indiana (Large), Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2013
Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, When Work Works, 2013
Chicago's Top Workplaces, Chicago Tribune, 2013
Top 50 Generation Y Employers Chicago, Brill Street and Company, 2013
Best Places to Work in Illinois, The Daily Herald Business Ledger, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.sikich.com
Headquarters Naperville, IL
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1982
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Founded in 1982, Sikich is a leading professional services firm providing accounting, audit and tax; advisory; technology; and managed services. From corporations and non-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.

Mission: To help businesses, organizations and communities realize their full potential through performance-based services and thought leadership that deliver actionable insights... More

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