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Excellent.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at LarsonAllen

Pros

Working for a family office permits you flexible hours, travel opportunities, some of the best opportunities to network and good pay.

Cons

Working for a family office requires a very significant amount of personal discipline and also a keen sense for networking.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My only piece of advice, well maybe not only, to the management team would be to be even more flexible with work hours.

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    miserable experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LarsonAllen

    Pros

    There are some very nice people, as well as some very competent and entrepreneurial partners. Firm leaders think they've got the best company on the planet and want everyone else to think so too. In fact, they are genuinely surprised to find that you don't just love the heck out of the place and take it super personally when people leave. Top and bottom line growth every year but mostly through an ambitious acquisition strategy and very, very tight pockets.

    Cons

    Cult-like, weird devotion to the CEO, Gordy Viere. No faith or investment in infrastructure and people. Very, very cheap. They want you to be an automaton and just do what they tell you rather than apply your talents to your work. Unsophisticated infratstucture and old-school good-ol-boy club environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a little faith in your people already. And quit demanding this crazy "emotional ownership" you talk about so relentlessly. You can't expect people to be "emotionally invested" when you don't invest in them first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A waste of valuable career time.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LarsonAllen

    Pros

    If you absolutely have no other opportunities lined up.

    Cons

    Completely upside down leverage model (less associates than partners in some work groups)

    Very cheap (plan to have to pay for a lot of expenses yourself out of pocket)

    Would rather make employees stay over the weekend to save a few bucks than to fly home to see their families

    Very bad coaching since everyone is slammed with work all of the time. Also broken leverage model prevents staff from growing through the mentor process and becoming mentors themselves.

    Share staff at an unreasonable pace (not allowing staff to recover from busy seasons)

    Have witnessed partners complaining about the inconvenience of female staff on maternity leave.

    Employees have to take vacation time when they are out sick.

    Honestly, this firm tries to talk the national firm talk but falls well short. The staff are unhappy, overworked and discouraged. The partners don't care.

    Partners won't provide younger staff with client experience for fear they will say something wrong

    I watched 10 people walk out the front door my first year with the firm. Very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to talk the talk like a big firm, be prepared to spend money like a big firm.

    Don't cheap out on staff. Let them go home to see their families on the weekends instead of trying to save a few bucks making them stay out of town. (very lame)

    Healthy leverage models are pyramids, not snow cones. It also kills the staff who are down at the bottom of that model with no one to mentor. You have paralyzed your staff pool with this upside down leverage model.

    Share staff at a reasonable pace (don't stack busy seasons on already overworked staff). Think about the fact that people are overworked and let them have the much needed time with their families.

    Don't complain about staff out on maternity leave. Hire some staff to fill in and get over it. This is especially dissappointing when it comes from the partner group.

    Don't make employees take vacation time when they are sick. It certainly is no vacation to be sick.

    Take staff out to see clients. Don't be afraid of what they will say. Clients are not stupid nor do they expect younger staff to act like seasoned staff. Think about growing your people and not just about looking good all of the time.

    You talk the talk like you are a big cohesive national firm, but you are actually quite disjointed as you are a bunch of local firms all bundled together. Talk will get you nowhere. You have a long road to developing that "noticably different" culture. Start by investing in your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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