Andersen Tax Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Andersen Tax CEO Mark Vorsatz
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Pros
  • less hour than a big 4, learn more because you are completing a tax return from start to finish (in 6 reviews)

  • Very smart and knowledgeable upper management (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long work hours during busy season (in 12 reviews)

  • I guess the only con I see is work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Amazing firm!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Andersen Tax

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Everyone is very friendly from the associates to the managing directors.

    Cons

    There is not much diversity. You're likely to see mostly white males working here.


  2. Work hard with good people

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    Former Employee - Associate II in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Associate II in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Andersen Tax (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are good and smart

    Cons

    Salary is ok. Hours are long The systems are ancient PTO

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your systems


  3. review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Andersen Tax

    Pros

    great people to work with, good location

    Cons

    long hours during tax season, could be compensated more


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  5. At this location, policies seem more important than people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Andersen Tax full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, some partners are great

    Cons

    Care much more about policies than people overall.


  6. Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Andersen Tax

    Pros

    The firm is very good at tax services

    Cons

    Smaller office in the larger firm


  7. Helpful (2)

    ok place

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate
    Current Employee - Tax Associate

    I have been working at Andersen Tax

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

    Pros

    good place to start, wealth of experience

    Cons

    long busy season hours, poor management

    Advice to Management

    reduce turnover


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not an environment I want to spend my career in...

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Andersen Tax full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are building a good business and have good relationships with clients. If I needed tax preparation work, I'd probably use Andersen Tax, but I wouldn't ever work at a company like this. Life is too short for crappy employment!

    Cons

    My experience may be similar to other large accounting firms, but from speaking with my friends working at the Big4, I think my experiences at WTAS (now Andersen Tax) were substantially worse. Here's the gist of it: The firm didn't have a good process for copying tax returns so they asked every tax preparer to copy their own returns, get all the envelopes and "sign here" stickers placed, and put the copies in the nice packets. This process consistently took about 1 hour to do for a typical return. I spent 2 months perfecting the process until it took 22 minutes and I never had to walk over the same floor space twice. Then I presented what my improvements to managers and asked that we hire two meticulous temps during busy season, who I would personally train, so all the rest of us who were working our butts off and frequently sleeping under our desks could focus on tax return preparation instead of photocopying. The response was, "that's a wonderful idea, but 3 people before you have tried the same thing to no avail." I'm not willing to waste my life working for a company that isn't willing to accept the gift of productivity improvement from it's employees. I found a job within 2 weeks and was gone.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Andersen Tax

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated staff. Opportunities for learning. Creative clients.

    Cons

    Sour management. Technology embarrassingly behind the times. This is Silicon Valley! The CEO and many Managing Directors foster a sycophantic atmosphere where people are afraid to speak up or counter Management. Awkward promotions that don't make sense. The recreation of Andersen may or may not be a good idea. Time will tell.


  10. Tax Associate

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Andersen Tax full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get a wide variety of experience in all kinds of tax. Most people are easy to approach with questions or concerns. Management is extremely knowledgeable and strives to pass this knowledge along. Employees get along well and have various social gatherings outside of work.

    Cons

    There is a heavy workload during busy seasons but that is to be expected at any firm like this.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Rigid hierarchy. The company is trying to recreate Arthur Andersen of 2002. Questionable ethics

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

    I have been working at Andersen Tax full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dinner provided during busy season. Offices are in good locations. The company provides an education budget of $1,500 per year.

    Cons

    As of the name change from WTAS to Andersen, all employees carry the burden of the Arthur Andersen name. Lack of investment in technology. Slow to adapt to market pressures. Business model that encourages inefficiency. Marketing efforts lack adequate financial support. Individual performance metrics are not defined. No meritocracy. Rigid hierarchy and subservient culture.

    Advice to Management

    Define performance metrics. Facilitate communication between job levels. Base performance on team revenue.



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