Carr Riggs & Ingram Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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  1. CRI

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram

    Pros

    Great work environment with friendly people.

    Cons

    Very small scope of clients.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Raleigh NC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time

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

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers makes the long hours bearable.

    Cons

    There was not a smooth transition with the merger. Would have been better with more guidance from corporate instead of just buying out and letting the office try to figure things out.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Fun Enviorment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time

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

    Pros

    -Same level co-worker interaction -Learning opportunities

    Cons

    -Management and Partner Level Moral is horrible. The "tone at the top" is toxic to employee satisfaction. - Micromanaging -Huge turnover levels lately (more than normal public accounting turnover) - No bonuses -Merer integration is slow and painful

    Advice to Management

    Correct the tone out the top. The extreme lack of mid level management is due to the toxic morale. There needs to be a strong focus on their youth, they are the companies future and they are chasing them out the door faster then bringing them in.


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  5. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Able to work on a wide variety of clients

    Cons

    As in all public accounting, work/life balance is an issue


  6. CRI

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, PTO, hold other accountable.

    Cons

    No bonuses, typical long work hours for accountants.


  7. Staff auditor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumming, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumming, GA

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and team work

    Cons

    Public accounting hours.. They are tough anywhere


  8. Helpful (2)

    Staff Accountant - NC offices

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Experience in both tax and audit engagements. "stepping stone" firm that someone may use to gain experience in the field, find out which side of accounting is preferred, then move on to another firm

    Cons

    Career opportunities are limited for staff fresh out of school. In major need of senior and upper management staff. Poor pay scale - Just look at the salaries on this site; As of right now, Staff Accountants firm-wide are 9% below the national average, and if you are in NC then I can confirm first-hand that you are well below even that amount (close to 30% below the national average depending on the location of the office within the state). Partners do not get along with each other. The morale of the NC offices is not good - we have had more employees leave in the last year than we've ever had, including long-time employees. No tax-season performance bonus, no Christmas bonus, no OT for "professional staff" so basically you will work 60-70 hours a week during tax season (probably more depending on the office) but you will not see a dime extra for your hard work. There does not seem to be any movement by the firm to begin paying its current NC employees even what the firm average is. Heaven forbid you have to input a business expense such as travel mileage or a hotel room, you will not see that money returned to you for another month, occasionally longer. Current upper management seems to be focused solely on the acquisition of new firms in an effort to increase CRI's total revenue for the year so that they rank higher amongst the Top 50 firms.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to play with the big firms, you have to pay like the big firms.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Too much politics and mind games for an office.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It's hard to find a positive when 6 people that made that place great quit at the same time. They have a koi pond.

    Cons

    ***Micromanaging, duplicate procedure which kill efficiency, lack of advancement opportunities, partners kill morale*** To keep it professional, this isn't a place you want to go after you have experienced a proper professional work atmosphere. This place isn’t bad until you start realizing the politics and mind games behind everything. Staff works well together, but the partners do not work well with each other. Partners and managers trying to make each other look bad. The partners are condescending and will treat your according to their mood that day. If they have had a bad day they will take it out on the staff. The partner’s know what the problems are, but they refuse to change their ways and continue to ignore themselves as the problem. They treat their admin staff like their maids and are completely unprofessional. There's a huge ego problem for those who have been there before the merger. Advancement is limited to none after supervising senior and the partners have made it very clear that they have no plans in retiring soon. In that office they have short term goals and that’s to have their employees crank out as much work as possible with minimal pay. The benefits do not compare to other firms in the area or other firms in public accounting. If various staff leave every couple of years , some who have been there for years, you should identify the problem and fix it. When 6 people leave you at once you are not addressing the issue and you are probably the problem. I think the fact that so many people have left says enough. I wouldn't recommend this office to anyone that is bright, talented, with a family, or any person from other CRI offices looking to transfer here.

    Advice to Management

    The partners need to realize that the youth of their firm are the future. Develop and mentor your staff to replace you don't make it a competition. It should be ran for the betterment of the whole firm not just that office. Rather than to disregard what you believe is a problem at the firm you should actually read your exit interviews(or actually give people an exit interview). If 12 people in the past couple years(6 left in April) have left for similar reasons I think you're the problem not the people that left. Stop nickel and diming your employees and pay them for their hard work, you might not think so, but they're worth it.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Think Hard....

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many different facets of working at a CPA firm. Offices, not cubes. Drinks and snacks. In house CPE. Dinners during busy season.

    Cons

    Low pay. Recent high turnover. There is a distinct line between the people that have worked there before the CRI merger and those that came on board after the merger. There are some very difficult people to work with there. Strict schedule during busy season.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market salaries. Trust your employees that their work will get done even if they need/want time off in busy season. Be more flexible to the needs of your people.


  11. Great middle market public accounting firm with positive people

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Houston, TX

    I worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Houston office is flexible and the people are great to work with! Great family-like atmosphere with opportunities to learn new things.

    Cons

    When Gainer Donnelly became a part of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, there were system changes that created a new work culture with some growing pains. There's a not a consistent company image quite yet.

    Advice to Management

    CRI is the fastest growing middle market public accounting firm because of its acquisition of the Gainer Donnelly office in Houston. What are the growth projections moving forward?



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