Bentley Bratcher & Associates

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Hostile Environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

ProsThe firm provides the standard niceties like free snacks and sodas, dinner once a week during busy season and lunch on Saturdays. The Christmas party is nice and each employee receives a fairly extravagant Christmas gift.

ConsThis is the most hostile work environment I, or anyone I know, has ever experienced. The owners have no issue with screaming, cursing and telling employees they are "worthless". Owners also talk about managers and staff in a negative way to other employees. Adequate training and mentoring is not provided, and less experienced employees are left to figure things out themselves. Most employees are terrified to speak to the managing partner. Out of 6 managers that were hired in 2011, only 2 remained at October 2012. Of the 3 seniors that were employed at the firm in January 2012, only 1 remained at November 2012. Of the 9 associates that were employed in January 2012, only 3 remained at December 2012. There has also been significant turnover in the administrative staff. As of December 2012, there has only been one new hire to replace this turnover (a manager). Employees are not treated with respect or professional courtesy. Lunches over an hour and any time absent between 8-5 must be pre-approved and require use of vacation time as opposed to coming in early or staying late to make up the time. Work-life balance is non-existent because the firm cannot stay adequately staffed due to the treatment of its employees. There are numerous administrative meetings that never result in any action or innovation. The managers are ineffective at enacting any true change because the owners hinder any change. In addition to the issues with the work environment and treatment of employees, the quality control review of the work product is sub-par. Projects are finalized and provided to clients with errors on a regular basis. The combination of lack of proper training and lack of top level review is a recipe for disaster in the accounting industry. The firm lost countless clients in 2012 due to poor client service and work product. The issues start at the top and will not change because the top level people are not willing to change.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to treat people with decency and respect. Lead by example and inspiration instead of fear and bullying.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs like every job, average in the public accounting field.

    Staff Associate (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    I have been working at Bentley Bratcher & Associates full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Opportunity to learn all aspects of the firm if you desire. They start you out with a laptop w/remote access and a key to come… Cons: Absolutely no training manual or schedule. Pretty much expected to be working on projects alone the 2nd day. Not quite sure who answers my questions… Advice to Senior Management: Focus on developing a core structure or policy manual. I understand significant strides have been made since 2010 but there… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    • Disapproves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Bentley Bratcher & Associates full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Snacks, drinks, and coffee provided daily. Nice building with a deli inside. Lunches and massages sometimes provided for… Cons: High turnover. Many offices are empty from previous employees that left. Employee retention is not their strong suit. Most of the tenured staff come in… Advice to Senior Management: Build your team. Foster growth. Build a bench, so that when people leave you have good employees to fall back on. Send your leaders to… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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