Armanino McKenna

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Armanino McKenna Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Audit

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Armanino McKenna

    Pros

    opportunity is better than big 4, pay is good, people are great

    Cons

    smaller clients means more unpredictability

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Utility > Knowledge (Consulting Arm)

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Armanino McKenna full-time

    Pros

    Nice, smart co-workers. Compensation was decent. Time-off was flexible. Work from home was flexible

    Cons

    Armanino's consulting practice seems to only care about billable hours. They hardly train employees. They think they do, but really it's training for people that already understand the product. Don't seem to care if you know the product or not, as long as your billable. I was almost assigned to a project in which I has 0 expertise, but they wanted me there so I could be heavily billed. Crazy.

    Also, they have the mentality of "if you don't hear anything from your manager or partner, then you're good." Praise and feedback and minimal, if not non-existent. This may be okay for people used to that, but no way to sustain a practice an encourage younger people to join.

    Based on this, they know nothing of what you're actually working on, just your clients. During reviews, they'll quote "improvements" based on things they barely know about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees heavily. Invest significant $$ in this as this is the most important thing for your organization. Also, give feedback regularly, not only during reviews.

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

    Overall, a good learning experience. Some issues with certain management, but a good first place to work at for myself.

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    Former Employee - Staff Tax Accountant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Tax Accountant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Exposure to larger clients and international issues. Very knowledgeable partners and managers from big 4, or industry.

    Cons

    When I was there, we were too often understaffed. It's public accounting, so what can you expect? You work long hours. Some people find a good gig where they don't, but for the most part, you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep morale up. Make sure staff and/or seniors are happy with the company and with each other. Too often conflicts between staff/senior/manager have completely ruined relationships and made it an unpleasant environment to work in. A hands-off attitude from the higher up is to blame in my opinion.

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

    Just my thoughts...

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Hours and work load. Better than the big 4, but still the typical public accounting grind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider scheduling audit wrap up time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, grow, and stay

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Working at AMLLP I had the opportunity to try new career paths with support from managers and partners. Encouragement abounds at AMLLP. If you're passionate about a field or specialty, you can take an entrepreneurial approach, with support from your mentors and peers. There is a great work/life balance. This is a great place to work no matter how far into your career you are: you will have opportunities to learn, grow, or plant roots and be part of something great for years to come.

    Cons

    Compensation is good, if you know and can prove your worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the family-friendly environment, keep to the "old roots" of the companies founders.

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

    good people, very supportive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Armanino McKenna full-time

    Pros

    Good people overall. The CPA partner model is a little strange in that they have some 40 partners in a 200 person firm. Good place to launch a career but don't expect to make a lot of money. Very stable environment however.

    Cons

    A little on the cheap side. Employee benefit responsibility is very high compared to similar sized companies. A family of 4 for example will pay out $9K a year not including annual deductible. Employee rewards for job well done is non existent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not one of the better places I've worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Armanino McKenna full-time

    Pros

    Small teams, people are engaged.

    Cons

    many of the leaders have known each other forever and are tied a little too closely. Won't try new things to really grow the business besides buying companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Armanino is a great place to start and end your career. There are so many opportunities, and great people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities - not just your typical Audit or Tax firm.
    Flexible - schedule, industries, telecommute

    Cons

    Keeping up with the growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees - whatever they have to say. You may not want to hear it, but some people want to make improvements (not just complain).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Be careful if you decide to join

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Armanino McKenna

    Pros

    Have lots of opportunities to work on various projects
    Audit and tax has good training and support

    Cons

    Lots of politics and backstabbing
    You can be assigned to work on a consulting project that you don't qualify for and have to figure out everything yourself- not always sure if it's correct
    Lots of emphasis on selling
    Less pay than other CPA firms

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great colleagues!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    the people at AM are really nice and generous

    Cons

    job security and pay when compared to bigger firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be clear in your expectations of lower level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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