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AICPA Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
72 Reviews
2.9
72 Reviews
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AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is crucial to the success of each employee (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits but health insurance is expensive and depends on how much you make (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Potential is there, however, some departments severely stifled by poor leadership from Senior Management (in 4 reviews)

  • managers don't have much of a backbone when dealing with upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great organization, just not my cup of tea

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AICPA

    Pros

    Nice smart people, relatively good work life balance. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Multiple layers of hierarchy, rather formal, complicated to work through the organization, some teams are easy to work with while others are rather challenging and tend to be nitpicking.

  2.  

    Unfortunately, things have changed in Durham

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at AICPA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    • The AICPA is very good at promoting and advancing the CPA profession
    • Good benefits
    • Great co-workers
    • Opportunity for advancement if you are patient and understand the political dynamics
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Nice and secure office buildings
    • Staff diversity

    Cons

    • Overall culture has been on a steady decline for the past few years and doesn't appear to be improving
    • Pay is below average
    • You are expected to check and respond to emails at night and on weekends, which degrades your work-life balance
    • The environment is highly political among senior level staff where narcissism is common
    • The lack of training and development for staff and management causes a lot of confusion and mistakes
    • Employees are paralyzed by senior management and not allowed to make decisions
    • The focus is solely on generating revenue instead of supporting customer base and staff development
    • Senior management consistently over-commits, which puts the staff in unnecessary high pressure situations and this appears to be due to either a lack of respect for individual contributors and lower management or bad judgement
    • Favoritism is rampant and this inequality is evident to all staff, which causes mistrust and low morale
    • Staff is quickly threatened, oppressed, and placed on performance plans when a mistake or misunderstanding occurs instead of being trained and mentored (leadership by instilling fear)
    • High turnover of valuable and longstanding employees is evident of a deteriorating culture
    • There is a lack of coordination and trust between teams, which causes unnecessarily confusion and rework

    Once you are in the environment for a while, you will begin to see the patterns. The culture has turned due to bad judgement, poor leadership, lack of accountability, and the blame game. This has been going on for some time and will continue until new leadership is introduced and instills a different philosophy. Working at the AICPA is what you make it. There are good things and there certainly are bad things. I'm looking for a new opportunity and I hear that most others are doing the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay out of the weeds and learn to trust your staff.

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

    AICPA has been my profession and now my employer and I enjoy every minute of it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at AICPA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a CPA, its a great place to be and help shape the future of the profession. The company has been fair and has provided opportunities for growth. I enjoy the people and opportunities to meet members and see how members can also get involved to shape the future of the profession. Everyone is trying to do the right thing and help members.

    Cons

    As with any not-for-profit, limited resources can make it a challenge to do the things you want to do. Plus internal competing priorities make it tough. But you manage with what you have and do the best you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Admin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at AICPA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice job, could leave it at the door.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are not on par with big companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to act like the AICPA is a fortune 500 company. Accept it for what it is and stop trying to aim for the sky. You do not have the money or resources for that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for Work-Life Balance, Competitive Salaries and Growth Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at AICPA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to advance your career and raise a family at the same time. Ambitious and hard-working people are appreciated and have immense opportunity to grow and flourish. Knowledgable coworkers, flexible work arrangements, enviable benefits and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not an experience you need

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at AICPA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are great. If you are in Durham, the weather is fantastic!

    Cons

    Middle management is highly unqualified. They often are charged with leading several others, but fail miserably in their skills and ego. It would be an insult to you to work in these conditions. Think before accepting an offer, your ideas will not be accepted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about who you choose to lead others. Look out for smooth talkers. Only select those who will support the Institute's interests. Learn how to identify unbalanced egos.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping Stone - It won't last long

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at AICPA full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in some groups, salary in some, abiity to work remotely-some, diversity is strong

    Cons

    Way to big for their britches. It won't matter if you are a dedicated employee, you are an accounting number. No employee loyalty, althought HR tries hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting all your top salary makers is not a way to lower costs..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Durham, NC

    I have been working at AICPA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Solid Benefit Package

    Cons

    very silo oriented, very political, very bureaocratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong single inclusive vision, Lead Top Down inclusive not Top Down segmented

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    What was once a wonderful workplace has revealed its true nature -- disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AICPA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work - life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Senior and executive management are deceitful and duplicitous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being deceitful and duplicitous -- if you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful team environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AICPA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great leadership who wants you to be involved and encourages you to ask questions and will help you take your career to the next level.

    Cons

    The inhouse Diner closes too early. A silly thing to list as a con but honestly thats the only thing I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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