Collins Barrow
3.2 of 5 6 reviews
www.collinsbarrow.com Calgary, Canada 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jan 15, 2014

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A great place to work

Intermediate Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Collins Barrow

Pros- Fewer hours than big 4 and comparable pay
- Get paid for overtime
- 50% off gym membership
- Staff events almost every month
- Firm sponsored teams

Cons- The more you improve, the more work they pile on
- There is a shortage of quality middle level managers (partners and senior managers are excellent)

Advice to Senior Management- More jobs should be considered on performance reviews
- Provide more positive feedback and less negative feedback
- Be more accessible

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Really good place to complete articling

Senior Accountant (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Workplace culture is pretty good
-Colleagues are generally great to work with and often develop into great friendships
-Flexible working schedule - as long as you get your work done in a timely and efficient manner you can essentially come and go as needed
-Great articling experience - you get to work on more senior work and take on more responsibility earlier in your career which can give leg up on others
-The internal CASB training and UFE prep program are excellent! The employees assisting the students take a genuine interest in seeing the students succeed and will often work with students to individualize a learning approach that best works for them. Easily the best place to complete your articling in my opinion.
-For the most part, the management team is pretty good and easy to work with.

Cons-The pay is very low once you have completed your designation, especially compared to industry and even other CA firms
-Seniors are overworked, underpaid and under appreciated
-Performance reviews appear to be arbitrary and are inconsistently done. Hard work and strong knowledge are not rewarded as much being buddies with the right people. This can have a profound impact on your career there in that you could be assigned all the messy and difficult clients making less than someone who only works on easy engagements

The last several years has seen all senior accountants quit well before they are eligible for the manager promotion...that says alot.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your senior staff market wages if you want them to stay past getting their designation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Co-op Finance Student (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Collins Barrow as an intern for less than a year

Prosfriendly work atmosphere
good pay
good training program

Conslong hours, often expected to work overtime

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Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Peterborough, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time for less than a year

ProsEasy-going, fun people to work with.

Conspay was sub-par (not bad in comparison to other firms in the area), complete lack of training.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay a little more to keep GTA sourced employees and buff up on your training...a lot

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pretty Average

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Collins Barrow

ProsGood culture and everyone is helpful. Management is engaging and always providing constructive criticism. Environment is great and resources are available to complete task.

ConsHours are just as bad as big 4 and the average salary is not up to par with the market rate. Bonuses are not up to par either.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider significant pay raise for high performers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good to gain experience

Senior Accountant (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe workplace culture of Collins Barrow is significantly better than several other accounting firms in the downtown financial district area.

ConsDon't get paid enough compared to all the work you have to do. Do not get promoted as fast as other places. Managers at other firms are seniors at Collins Barrow.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for free audit lunches

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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