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CPA Global Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
71 Reviews
3.1
71 Reviews
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Tim Griffiths
9 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is I think one of the hallmarks of this company (in 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits and lots of international travel (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to manage work-life balance due to too many responsibilities given in the name of a GOOD EMPLOYEE (in 3 reviews)

  • Poor leadership and direction, lots of internal politics (in 3 reviews)

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    Credit Controller

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    Former Employee - Credit Controller in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Credit Controller in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at CPA Global

    Pros

    There are great people that work at Computer Patent Annuity. The have a great benefit package. The salaries are above par for the industry.

    Cons

    This company seems as though they lacked direction in management located in Europe. The systems are outdated for a company as profitable as CPA GLOBAL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please upgrade and condense your computer systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits, but a real lack of active management by leadership and increasing competition are challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CPA Global full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional benefits - likely a product of being a European based company in terms of health insurance, 401K match etc.

    Cons

    Highly siloed between different divisions of company to an absurd point.

    Executive structure spread worldwide sometime without any local control. My supervisor was half a world away - spoke to him on a monthly basis - would seem awesome but resulted in being paralyzed by inaction and delays in decision making.

    Revenue targets are completely delusional and are likely based on promises made to investment groups that have purchased the company (sold 2x in past 5 years) - looking for double digit growth in top and bottom line regardless of state of economy during that time.

    CPA facing increased competition where once it was an unchallenged monopoly, but has sought to maintain same margins on the backs of the employees rather than conceding lower margins due to competition - likely because of promises made to private equity investors. As a result, 4 of 5 years I was there bonuses were cancelled or reduced due to not meeting targets - despite year over year improvements in revenue, profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the tough conversations with your investment group about potentially not delivering on promised returns instead of trying to make up for missing unrealistic targets through slashing employee bonuses & layoffs.

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

    Fat cat with no direction

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    Current Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at CPA Global full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, employees are great people trying their best in a terrible environment

    Cons

    No single department is on the same page with any other, lack of training, lack of leadership, customers are hit with massive hidden fees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over by creating a new work flow process and being honest with your customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Whirlwind of changing management, promotions, pay cuts, pay raises, silo'd business departements & internal politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CPA Global

    Pros

    Good benefits, eventual growth opportunty

    Cons

    Poor leadership and direction, lots of internal politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment that encourages employee development, not one that sees employee development as a threat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CPA Global full-time

    Pros

    Professional Development, Excellent Working Conditions, Very Good Benefits, Leader in the Field of IP, Ability To Relocate

    Cons

    Takes too long to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more decision making in the field and trust your employees will get it done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many great employees, much not so great management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CPA Global full-time

    Pros

    I was able to advance and learn some very relevant skills. Some fantastic people work for this company.

    Cons

    Leadership silos, very little communication between managers and teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss your team(s) vision and strategy if any does in fact exist? When employees and managers ask questions and bring potential solutions to the table listen, engage or at a minimum, answer the phone or email. Again, communication was very sparse if it existed at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doc Review

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    Former Contractor - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at CPA Global as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, company lunch on Wednesday

    Cons

    It's temporary - if the cyclical work flow drop you're out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whip Lash

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at CPA Global full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and lots of international travel
    Nice work environment, good location with free parking
    Lots of potential if strategy and leadership were in place

    Cons

    political turf wars across departments
    silos between regions
    lack of focused senior leadership
    constantly shifting strategy without out thought or ROI considerations
    old guard staff vs. new fresh thinkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on software development and creation product roadmaps
    The Indian CFO (who acts like a demi god and self appointed CEO) needs to go
    US Sales VP should focus on sales rather than taking over other departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    smh

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    Current Employee - Software in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Software in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at CPA Global full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    none- it sucked. i didnt like it at all

    Cons

    everything- be prepared!no optimism. very bad environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good and bad

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    Former Employee - Software in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Software in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at CPA Global full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, random benefits

    Cons

    Multiple clashing cultures, silos, lack of process or realism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a history and money does not make this a good company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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