Aronson & Co

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Aronson & Co Reviews

Updated June 16, 2014
Updated June 16, 2014
17 Reviews
3.4
17 Reviews
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Aronson & Co Managing Partner Jeffery P. Capron
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  1.  

    Great place and great people --- LOTS of changes happening (read: opportunity)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Aronson & Co full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned more about accounting and financial statements at Aronson in 6 months than at my previous job at a Big4 for three years. Of course it depends on the group you are in and who you work with, but for a small company it really just means if you apply your self and make an effort, you can really take advantage of being able to see a lot of aspects of each engagement / client / industry, etc.

    There are lots of changes happening with the business strategy, partner succession and new initiatives which make the Company ripe for a career driven individual.

    Cons

    Manager/Senior level is a little short handed at times - but that's the nature of the public accounting industry, and certainly of a growing company.... i.e. planning for high peak busy season while also planning to mitigate the burden of excess resources at low peaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do you really want to believe that the worst thing is the coffee?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Accountant in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Aronson & Co full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a great opportunity to learn far more than what one may acquire in college.

    Cons

    People. They can be rude and don't fully care about your progression. As a staff your job is to bill clients. As a manager your job is to minimize the hours billed so that "realization" is acceptable. This puts management and staff against each other as bonuses and compensation will be based on these two competing job functions. Managers want great realization and staff want billable hours. Work life balance? I cast doubt and believe the "reviews" of prior that state it is great. There is active influence from management to "promote" the company and its statue in public. So any such review is biased in nature. Remember one thing. Your hourly charged rate to a client may range from 150 to 400 dollars depending on your level, however you wont see more than 30 to 50 and hour in salary...where does the rest go?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Understand their concerns.

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

    Growing, changing and exciting!

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

    I have been working at Aronson & Co full-time

    Pros

    The leadership team is working everyday to improve things from what was already a great place to work. Work-life balance is solid. The people are really smart.

    Cons

    It can be quiet around the office during the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pressing forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people and those who are billable are treated like kings and queens....not quite the same for operational support

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

    I have been working at Aronson & Co full-time

    Pros

    The people are great, lots of employee events, big holiday parties, great busy season snacks, overall strong partner leadership, open door policy with most managers and above, most managers seem to care about their employees and how to help them develop more skills for their career.

    Cons

    The Managing Partner leadership is questionable and while 'transparency' is preached, it is not practiced. If you are not billable and fall into the operational support (OP) category (IT, Human Resources, Marketing, etc.) salary increases and bonuses do not always match the effort you put into the job. There seems to be a lack of appreciation and understanding throughout parts of the firm as to what OP really is and how much they actually do and contribute to the success of the firm. There also seems to be a lot of 'special treatment' towards people who are close to the Managing Partner. Certain things pass or go through without much fight or questioning and when this happens, it is usually because someone who has the Managing Partner's ear is the one who asked for it. It doesn't always seem like everyone is held to the same standards or is on the same playing field. Lastly, if you are looking for a role in OP, there isn't much career growth to be had. It is a great company to gain experience in but not one that you will be able to 'climb a ladder' if you want to move forward and take on more in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach (transparency) and end the seemingly 'special treatment' that certain people get. Other than that, continue to support your employees and help them strive for new advancements and achievements in their careers. Educate the firm more on what OP is and how to utilize these departments --- show appreciation and gain an understanding of what they do. Lastly, continue to show employees overall that they are appreciated --- people enjoy the CEP programs, holiday parties, busy season games, etc. That is definitely something the firm does well! Offering a multitude of unique benefits to its employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Love this place - Best place to work

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

    I have been working at Aronson & Co full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, work/life balace, company culture, consistantly won Best Place to Work survey

    Cons

    No-privacy cubicles/offices (walls are too low and thin!), bad coffee!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    10+ Years with a Great Employer

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

    I have been working at Aronson & Co full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Alternative Work Arrangements
    Good Location
    Social Activities
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Better opportunities for professional/client service staff than admin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Should be better

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

    I have been working at Aronson & Co full-time

    Pros

    Regional firm; seems to be great if you have a family and would want to work flex time in the Rockville area; associates/senior associates are very friendly

    Cons

    lack of growth; lack of public clients; focus on keeping one office yet most of the new growth in the area is located in Northern Virginia; mandatory busy season hours yet there is not enough work to meet this billable hour goal; very billable hour driven (I know all accounting firms are but this place is ridiculous); make you take personal time if you want to attend company outings (i.e. golf event, outdoor activity, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management wants us to get involved in different areas (i.e. recruiting, community service, etc.) yet when it comes time to bonus it is just based on billable hours. Contribution to the firm and activities it supports should be equated in your bonus calculation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Big Firm -- good if that's what you want

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Aronson & Co

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some very good managers.

    Cons

    Tax season expectations. Some bad managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management skills into account when promoting employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Aronson is a pretty good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockville, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MO

    I have been working at Aronson & Co

    Pros

    Co-workers, managers, and partners for the most part are very nice people who treat the employees with respect. Reasonable busy season hours and very flexible with employees who have special circumstances and need time off or who need flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Like in all accounting firms, employees are pressured for billable hours, sometimes corners are cut because of high billing rates. Employees sometimes feel pressure to "eat their time" because of billing pressures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees and managers are kept in the dark about the direction of the firm or how the firm is doing .

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Better than your average CPA firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Aronson & Co

    Pros

    They are very flexible to keep good people so even if you have things going on in your life, they will really work with you to find a way to make it work for you. Lots of people work from home some of the time, work schedules different than 8-5, but still get 40 hours in, or work 30 hours a week except during tax season.

    Cons

    They do have required minimum hours during tax season, like all CPA firms, that really limit your ability to balance anything with work, especially a family or life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a better look at how we approach tax season because it's just not a good long term plan for employee's to require them to work 60 hours a week for six weeks every single year. This is one of the major reasons why turnover is so high in our field. If we cross-trained audit people in tax more, then it could help provide some of the temporary help that we need to get to April 15th.

    Honestly, the IRS just needs to revamp the due dates for the various returns so there isn't the need for the cram session in April.

    Recommends

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