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Bader Martin Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, lots of opportunity, bright future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bader Martin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, tremendous opportunity for younger generation, strong reputation in the community and stable client base, flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Transparency from leadership was often lacking. Company strategy and succession planning was held in trust amongst the partners, which sometimes made if difficult to connect day to day activities to the broader strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership training and be very transparent regarding corporate objectives and candidates identified for leadership succession.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company that creates a familial environment for the employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bader Martin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In comparison to other CPA firms, Bader Martin has the best work-life balance. The company provides excellent benefits and perks, such as the option for a flexible schedule between May and August.

    As demanding as busy season is, the management group does an excellent job of creating a comfortable work environment, providing excellent food on weekends, massages by trained therapists, and the occassional ice cream/smoothie party for the employees. Management also does a great job of communicating working expectations on a job by job basis, and ensuring that the employees do not "burn themselves out" by trying to accomplish too much.

    I believe the professional training an employee gets at Bader Martin will greatly exceed that of other CPA firms. The technical training is superb, as management holds every employee to very strict standards in terms of work quality. In addition, the employee learns about various industries, as the Company encourages a diverse foundation. The "soft skills" that an employee learns during their tenure at Bader Martin are immensely beneficial. Employees get significant client-facing exposure, and must learn how to communicate to various levels of a cilent's hierarchal structure, such as CEOs, CFOs, Controllers, A/P and Payroll specialists, as well as warehouse workers, and sales representatives.

    Cons

    During my time at Bader Martin, it was difficult to benchmark my progress as an employee. I felt confused at times because I was told I was excelling in my role, yet I was not ready to be promoted to the next level. When asked about what I needed to do to reach that next level, the responses were often vague and immeasurable.

    Another con of working at Bader Martin was the segregation between the tax department and the audit department. The two departments are located on different floors, and do not often fraternize professionally (only socially). A result of this segregation is that the two departments do not knowledge-share on common clients, often creating frustration for the clients who have provided information to one department but not the other, expecting the information to be shared among all engagement employees. Clients do not see a "tax department" or an "audit department", they see "Bader Martin."

    Management continually focused on engagement realization (job profitability); however, management did not align the employee incentive structure to meet this focus. At least fifty-percent of the employee bonus is based on "billable hours," which encourages employees to waste time, inflating their hours goals, decreasing realization. The other fifty-percent of the employee bonus is essentially based on attitude; which is completely subjective and not a measurable goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have the following suggestions:

    1. Work on creating an integrated professional culture between the tax department and audit department. As I mentioned in my "Cons" section, clients only see "Bader Martin," not the tax department and audit department. A way to integrate the departments would be more cross-training, sending tax department employees in the field with the audit department, and including tax employees in status e-mail updates that are sent amongst the audit teams.

    2. The company would benefit from utilizing Microsoft Lync, which integrates with Microsoft Outlook, allows employees to instant message one another (creating faster communication), and gives employees the ability to screen-share, which would enhance training. Principals and Managers would also be able to screen-share with clients (who also use Microsoft Lync), providing enhanced customer service.

    3. I believe the company should realign the bonus structure to encourage better employee performance. One idea I had (which may or may not work), is to base the employee bonus on engagement realization. If management were to set engagement budgets on a role basis (a budget for staff, a budget for senior, a budget for the manager), and then benchmark actual performance against those budgets using a combination of Time & Billing and Halogen, it would align the employee's goals with those of the company. The reason for doing this on a role basis is that poor overall job realization may have nothing to do with the work that was accomplished by an individual.

    For example, on a specific audit, if the senior obtained a realization of 120% compared to the budget of 90%, and they obtained a positive Halogen review, it would positively reflect in their annual bonus. However, if the staff and senior obtained a realization of 120% and they obtained poor Halogen reviews, it would decrease their bonus. There could be a weighted-average evaluation based on the T&B and Halogen review scores. A 120% realization compared to a 90% realization has a factor of 1.3 (120%/90%) coupled with a 3 star out of 5 star halogen review would create a weighted-average score of 80%. This number was calculated by taking the 1.3 realization factor multiplied by 3 Halogen review stars divided by 5 possible Halogen review stars (60%) to equal an 80% bonus factor.

    Please note that these scores would fluctuate on an engagement by engagement basis (some jobs are more complicated than others and some clients are slow), you could remove the three highest scores and the three lowest scores over the course of the bonus period (six months) and find an employee average. If an employee averages 95% for the period, they get 95% of the predetermined bonus. It may or may not work, but the general idea is that it aligns the employee's goal with the company's goal. An additional benefit to this bonus structure is that it would allow you to easily determine which employees continually perform below expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Many flaws with the company organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    New floor, nice computers, senior are nice and willing to help. IT department is wonderful and willing to help. Right along the bus lane

    Cons

    partner need to work on there mentoring. Is not organized with not that much incentives to move up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your employee and not just the partners

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Bader Martin Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR Director

    Bader Martin has a structured coaching program for all its employees. Employees meet regularly to discuss feedback as well as career paths and areas of interest in relation to their career with the ... More

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  5.  

    Overall a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bader Martin

    Pros

    Workplace flexiblity is great, employees are given a good amount of PTO throughout the year and you also have the ability to work compressed work weeks during the summer. You don't have to feel guilty about taking time off and setting your own schedule. Owners are pretty fair in their treatment of everyone. Benefits are good for a mid sized firm. The people are interesting and care about doing a good job for the clients.

    Cons

    Don't necessarily encourage tele-commuting, it's almost as if work done outside of the office isn't counted as "real" work in their view. Employees need greater exposure to clients, hesitance to take them to client meetings or allow some non-billable time for networking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees greater exposure to clients. Share information about the firm on a more consistent basis-revenue, etc.... Tweak the 401(k) so the matching is clearer to understand and decrease the amount of years it takes to be vested. Do some office upgrades.

    Recommends

    Bader Martin Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR Director

    Bader Martin has invested heavily over the past few years in upgrading it's office, including the addition of state of the art technology and updated common and desk areas. Our employees enjoy remote ... More

  6.  

    Good place but with some definite issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Tax Services in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager, Tax Services in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bader Martin

    Pros

    Overall the firm is a fine place to work; work is the number one priority in all the principals' lives and it will be in yours if you intend to do well there. The benefits (vacation, insurance) are pretty generous for firm of their size and the office is pretty laid back most of the time and people are generally very open-door. The clients are varied and interesting and you're likely to be exposed to a wide variety of industries and issues very quickly. You'll also be given a pretty free hand in managing your time and workload. Overall a great experience and a decent place to expand your knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Little tangible support from upper management in performance areas they cite as needing improvement. The generous vacation is a double-edged sword - you will always make up the time eventually. There are 2 full busy seasons - Feb, Mar and Apr, then Aug, Sept and Oct. Lots of internal growing pains make it very difficult to truly know your standing or to effectively do your job, especially at the manager level. Often there was a strong feeling of no one (i.e. a principal) actually being in charge of anything - scheduling, firm policy, personnel issues. Open hostility between principals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your personal differences private and stop using staff in the personality conflicts. Get some management consulting and actually heed the advice and then stick to it as a group.

  7.  

    tax staff

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

    I have been working at Bader Martin full-time

    Pros

    good experience, small company, projects diversity

    Cons

    little or no training, long hours, low salary, small bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nicer with the tax preparers

    Doesn't Recommend

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